My First Classics Club List

So…contrary to my past practices, I am starting to embrace epic challenges.ย  Before this enthusiasm leaves me, I’ve decided to finally join The Classics Club and commit to reading 50 classics within five years.

It’s a pretty reasonable goal (ten classics a year), since I mostly read classics anyway.ย  But I’m making it more difficult by including some chunksters and books I’ve been putting off for years and some that fall under both (*cough* War and Peace).ย  I also threw in some rereads that I keep meaning to return to.ย  The list also came out to 52 instead of 50 (sigh), but I’m only committing to 50.

  1. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  2. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  3. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  4. Resurrection – Leo Tolstoy
  5. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  6. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
  7. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  8. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank – 4/3/19
  9. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  10. 1984 – George Orwell – 4/25/19
  11. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  12. True Grit – Charles Portis
  13. The Red and the Black – Stendhal
  14. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  15. The Analects – Confucius
  16. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
  17. Silence – Shusaku Endo
  18. The Painted Veil – W. Somerset Maugham
  19. Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain
  20. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  21. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  22. Emily of New Moon – Lucy Maud Montgomery
  23. Jayber Crow – Wendell Berry
  24. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  25. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  26. Le Morte d’Arthur – Thomas Malory
  27. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame – Victor Hugo
  28. The Last Days of Pompeii – Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  29. Common Sense – Thomas Paine
  30. The Bride of Lammermoor – Walter Scott
  31. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  32. Paradise Lost – John Milton
  33. The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton
  34. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
  35. The Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  36. The Beautiful and the Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  37. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  38. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  39. Germinal – Emile Zola
  40. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  41. Dracula – Bram Stoker (reread)
  42. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (reread)
  43. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (reread)
  44. The Secret Garden – Frances Burnett (reread)
  45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins (reread)
  46. Under Western Eyes – Joseph Conrad (reread)
  47. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (reread) & Notebooks for The Idiot
  48. Silas Marner – George Eliot (reread)
  49. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville (reread)
  50. The Bounty Trilogy – James Hall and Charles Nordoff (reread)
  51. The Heir of Redclyffe – Charlotte Yonge (reread)
  52. The Lord of the Rings (reread)