The Classics Club

I have decided to join The Classics Club for a bit of a challenge. For my degree I read countless classics but the ones I always wanted to read never cropped up in modules, much to my distress. And since finishing my degree I have become very lazy when it comes to classic reads (surely most Literature graduates do for a bit?!). So, to make myself read the slightly embarrassing number of unread classics on my shelves, I thought I would give myself a deadline. 

The general rule for the club is at least 50 books within five years. In five years time I will be 28, which is a horrendous thought in itself and seems a long time away. Instead, I am going to challenge myself to read this entire list of 66 classics before my 27th birthday, 1st July 2017. I know it's not far off being five years but it is far enough, hopefully, to give me a kick up the rear and get cracking. 

The only question is, where to start?

The List (in no particular order, expect alphabetical by author, of course):

1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
2. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
3. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Read August 2013
4. Emma by Jane Austen Read August 2013
5. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Read May 2013
6. The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
7. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
8. Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon Read August 2014
9. Testament of Friendship by Vera Brittain
10. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
11. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
12. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
13. The Stranger by Albert Camus Read 2014
14. My Antonia by Willa Cather
15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins Read November 2013
17. No Name by Wilkie Collins Read March 2014
18. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens Read Feb 2013
19. Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens Read and DNF in December 2013
20. Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
21. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot Read March 2013
22. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner Read March 2013
23. The Beautiful and the Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald
24. Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald Read January 2014
25. Save me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald Read May 2013
26. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert Read October 2013
27. Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
28. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
29. The Women's Room by Marilyn French
30. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Read June 2014
31. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
32. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway Read March 2013
33. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway Read September 2013
34. The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby
35. The Land of Green Ginger by Winifred Holtby
36. The Illiad by Homer (and probably The Odyssey again)
37. Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
38. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
39. What Maisie Knew by Henry James
40. The Monk by Matthew Lewis
41. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
42. Razor's Edge by W Somerset Maugham
43. Moon and Sixpence by W Somerset Maugham
44. The Rector's Daughter by F. M Mayor Read June 2014
45. Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
46. Beloved by Toni Morrison
47. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Read April 2014
48. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
49. Animal Farm by George Orwell
50. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys Read February 2014
51. Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner
52. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
53. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
54. Sophie's Choice by William Styron
55. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Read July 2013
56. Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut Read September 2013
57. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
58. The Time Machine by HG Wells
59. Woman as Artist and Thinker by Rebecca West
60. The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
61. Jacob's Room by Virgina Woolf Read May 2014
62. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf
63. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf
64. A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf Read March 2013
65. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham Read December 2013 
66. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

My Classics Club challenge, then, is to read this list of 66 books before 1st July 2017. Wish me luck, I think I'm going to need it!


  1. I've been curious about Zelda Fitzgerald's novel. I may have to add that to my list! Welcome to the club!

    1. Thank you! I'm so excited to get started. I know that will be one of the first reads because it really interests me. I might read it before/after one of the F Scott Fitzgerald's on my list, just for comparisons sake.

    2. I just added the Zelda F. book to my TBR too! There's a new biofiction on her coming out in a couple months, called Z. :-)

    3. I will keep my eyes out for Z, it sounds interesting. I also fancy reading Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda for more of an insight into their relationship. I might make this year a Fitzgerald year!

  2. I just finished Little Women and am on to Gatsby. We have a few in common including Handmaid's Tale, Sense and Sensibility and Secret Garden (and that's just in the top 10) :) Hope you do the Classics Club Spin and stop by my blog to check out my list :)

    1. Gatsby is wonderful. I may add it to the list as a re-read...

  3. I keep thinking about joining in with this, if it's not too late. Sounds really good fun. Your list has inspired me too.

    1. Join in! It is so much fun and gives you such a sense of achievement :)I'm so pleased!

  4. A fellow classics clubber! I loved Fahrenheit 451 and there are so many others on your list I'd love to read. Sometimes I get overambitions and ahead of myself when I'm adding to my collection, but what I really need to do is get reading...

    Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday :)

    1. I know, my list is getting bigger and bigger in my head but I'm not getting the books read. Although, I have been more successful recently. My current spin read is Anna Karenina so that is going to be a biggie to tick off!

      Thanks for visiting :)

  5. Awesome list! You have some really good choices on there. And I just joined your read-along for The Moonstone! Should be a good one. :)

  6. Horray for 1, 10, 11, & 15. :)


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