My Classics Club Book List

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” — Italo Calvino

For my book list for The Classics Club, I’m broadly defining “classic” as a book that has historic and/or literary significance or is a lesser-known book by an author whose other works are widely regarded as Classics. Most of the titles on my list pre-date the 20th century, but not all. My review of and reaction to each book will be linked here as I finish reading them.

Start date: August 18, 2014

Completion date: August 18, 2019

  1. Adams, Richard: Watership Down*
  2. Atwood, Margaret: The Handmaid’s Tale
  3. Austen, Jane: Lady Susan
  4. Beagle, Peter S: The Last Unicorn
  5. Blackmore, R.D.: Lorna Doone*
  6. Bradbury, Ray: The Martian Chronicles
  7. Bronte, Anne: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  8. Bronte, Charlotte: Villette
  9. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: A Little Princess*
  10. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden*
  11. Burney, Frances: Evelina*
  12. Burney, Frances: The Wanderer
  13. Burroughs, Edgar Rice: Tarzan of the Apes*
  14. Chopin, Kate: The Awakening
  15. Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White
  16. Cooper, James Fenimore: The Red Rover*
  17. Cooper, James Fenimore: The Pilot
  18. Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist
  19. Dickens, Charles: A Tale of Two Cities
  20. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Brothers Karamazov
  21. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: A Study in Scarlet
  22. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Sign of Four
  23. Du Maurier, Daphne: My Cousin Rachel
  24. Eliot, George: Middlemarch
  25. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: This Side of Paradise
  26. Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South*
  27. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cranford
  28. Hardy, Thomas: Far From the Madding Crowd
  29. Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The House of the Seven Gables
  30. Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter
  31. Homer: The Iliad
  32. Homer: The Odyssey
  33. Keats, John: Poems
  34. Leroux, Gaston: The Phantom of Opera
  35. Malory, Sir Thomas: Le Morte d’Arthur
  36. Montgomery, L.M.: Emily of New Moon
  37. Radcliffe, Ann: The Mysteries of Udolpho
  38. Sabatini, Raphael: Captain Blood
  39. Shakespeare, William: Henry IV, part 1
  40. Shakespeare, William: Henry IV, part 2
  41. Shakespeare, William: Measure for Measure
  42. Shakespeare, William: Othello
  43. Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein
  44. Stevenson, Robert Louis: The Black Arrow*
  45. Swift, Jonathon: Gulliver’s Travels
  46. Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
  47. Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer*
  48. Twain, Mark: The Innocents Abroad
  49. Wells, H.G.: The Invisible Man
  50. Wyss, Johann: The Swiss Family Robinson*

*indicates a re-read

Changes to original list:

Replaced:

  • Anonymous: The Arabian Nights
  • Burke, Edmund: Reflections on the Revolution in France
  • Cooper, James Fenimore: The Water-Witch
  • Dickens, Charles: Bleak House
  • Dickens, Charles: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  • Dumas, Alexandre: The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Eliot, George: Adam Bede
  • Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters
  • Poe, Edgar Allen: Collected Stories and Poems
  • Rousseau, Jean-Jaques: Emile
  • Scott, Sir Walter: Waverly

With:

  • Atwood, Margaret: The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Chopin, Kate: The Awakening
  • Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White
  • Cooper, James Fenimore: The Pilot
  • Dickens, Charles: A Tale of Two Cities
  • Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: A Study in Scarlet
  • Du Maurier, Daphne: My Cousin Rachel
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott: This Side of Paradise
  • Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cranford
  • Sabatini, Raphael: Captain Blood
  • Twain, Mark: The Innocents Abroad
  • Wyss, Johann: The Swiss Family Robinson

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4 thoughts on “My Classics Club Book List

    • Thanks 🙂 North and South is one of my re-reads. I really liked it the first time, and if you enjoy film adaptations the BBC miniseries is excellent. Middlemarch has been on my bookshelf for quite some time but I’ve been intimidated by the length. I figured putting it on here would force me to actually read it!

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  • Love the classics. It is surprising to people that I love the old classics

    So far- loved all the Dickens books I read. Bleak House, A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby, Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations are the ones I read so far

    Outside of Dickens- read Hugo, Cervantes, and Homer. Of course there are other old classic authors I read- Austen and Tolstoy are two I just couldn’t like. I was stuck reading Shakespeare in high school- a bit more close minded at the time

    Eventually will read Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Women

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