Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The Classics Club

Jillian of A Room of One’s Own is hosting a book club, named The Classics Club. The idea is for individual readers to set a goal to read a certain number of classics over a certain period of time (say, 50 classics over a period of five years). The club is intended to be very casual–pick your own list, no stress, no major requirements, etc.–and it sounds like a lot of fun.

My goal is to read the following fifty classics over the next five years and I think I can succeed because I usually read around fifty books a year. Some of the books on the list will be re-reads for me, but, I forget a lot of them so I'm happy to re-read.

Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility
Mansfield Park
Northanger Abbey
Pride & Prejudice

Anne Brontë
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Agnes Grey

Charlotte Brontë

Elizabeth Gaskell
North & South

Truman Capote
Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Charles Dickens
David Copperfield
Bleak House
Oliver Twist
Great Expectations

Edith Wharton
A House of Mirth

Daphne du Maurier
My Cousin Rachel

George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss
Silas Marner

F. Scott Fitzgerald
This Side of Paradise

Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Far From the Madding Crowd

Henry James
The Portrait of a Lady
What Maisie Knew
The Awkward Age

D.H. Lawrence
Sons and Lovers
The Rainbow 

Elizabeth Bowen
The Death of the Heart

W. Somerset Maugham
Of Human Bondage
The Razor’s Edge
Cakes and Ale

Mary Shelley

Betty Smith
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair

Virginia Woolf
A Room of One’s Own
Mrs. Dalloway

Margaret Atwood
Handmaid's Tale

Mary Woolstencraft
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Yasunari Kawabata
Thousand Cranes

James Clavel

Kate Chopin
The Awakening

John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men
The Grapes of Wrath
Cannery Row

Walter Scott
Lady of the Lake

Victor Hugo
The Hunchback of Notre Dame


  1. Nice! I might have to be a part of this. I was part of a Classic Books reading club for a while last year, but it died out. I've read a fair few classics in the last few years (considering I hadn't really read any before that), but I have so many more on my TBR shelf!

  2. A couple of those will be tough - good luck!

  3. I love this idea! Sounds like you have some great picks!! :D

  4. I like your list. I haven't read any of the classic in a long time. That's something I need to change. Good luck with your goal.

    Thoughts in Progress

  5. I ADORE your list!!! Especially all those Austens. My favorite is Sense & Sensibility so far. I have Emma and Mansfield Park left to read for the first time.

    Villette is a beautiful book. I'm reading Bleak House right now -- incredible. And Wollstonecraft? SUCH and excellent essay.

    I'm so excited you've joined, Clarissa! This will be FUN. :D

  6. I would rather read classics than anything else. I've read many on your list and they are awesome.

    I read all things John Steinbeck. My all time fav is Grapes of Wrath. My second fav is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Smith. You will enjoy your list.


  7. You've got a great list. I enjoyed a few of the Jane Austen novels and a couple of Steinbeck's as well.

    Glad it gives you five years to do it. Some of the classics are truly, well, classic in writing style, content and handling.

  8. Now do you have to re-read them for them to count? I've read 20 from your list. Have you read Great Gatsby by F. Scott F?


  9. I need to read Atwood's piece. I think I'll probably do that soon.

  10. I've downloaded quiit a few classics to my kindle because they were free. I thought that would intice me to read them.

    50 books in 5 years? I'd get to the last 3 months and feel guilty for my epic fail.

    Good luck Clarissa.


  11. Oh what a fun reading challenge!! I love it!! I'm mentally ticking off ones I've read, ones I'm yet to read and ones I want to read again.

    Take care

  12. What a great list. I read many of them in uni, but I'd love to go back to reread them without any time pressure.

  13. Sounds like something worth doing. Maybe I'll join in.

  14. Some of my favorite books are on your list. I hope you enjoy them!! I can't wait to hear what you think of all the books.

  15. Great, great list! You've got some of my favorite books listed... Mill on the Floss, Far from the Madding Crowd, Of Human Bondage - and ESPECIALY Tender is the Night.

    I also plan to read Tess of the D'Ubervilles, Hunchback of Notre-Dame and some others. Exciting!

  16. I've read many of these. Given my mini-rant about classics last week, I'm sure I won't be joining this group. Shogun...seriously? That would take me forever. Seems like it's a million pages LOL.

  17. I think I'll pass on this list. I haven't read any classics since I was required to in English class.

  18. If you can get through that list, I'll be impressed.

  19. I've read almost all of these during my English Literature MA studies at college. Can't stand Austen, but Hardy, Fitzgerald and Scott were nice at some points.
    I was always surprised how Americans never include French, Russian, German.... books when talking about classics even though those are light years above in quality and depth.

  20. Good luck with it Clarissa. I've read a small handful of those and several are on my TBR pile. I might just join in, but 50 will be too many I think!
    I hope you will review each one on your blog.

  21. Awesome blog following :)

  22. The Classics Club sounds interesting--I've been trying to read more classics recently, so I'll have to check it out!

    Good luck with your reading goal!

  23. What a fantastic list! We'll have to chat about all of the books our lists have in common--I'm looking forward to it!

  24. I've read a lot of books on that list. Will need to jot down a few other titles.

  25. Great list! You've got several of my faves on there. I've always loved reading classics but there have been a couple I've avoided so maybe I'll make reading those my goal.

  26. A fantastic goal! There are so many books on this list that I've thought, "I should really read that," about and still haven't got around to it... So good for you for making it a proper goal :-)

  27. Hi Clarissa .. amazing post - and a great list for some of us (me!!) as a list I could follow too ..

    Sounds an excellent idea ..

    Great resources to know about .. cheers Hilary

  28. Great list there. You have chosen lots of Austen and Dickens.

    Good luck with your reading. :D

  29. Great list of The Classic Club books. I was interested in seeing Kate Chopin's name among the group. I've joined, too, and am now looking to see what everyone else is up to. Should be fun.


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