The Classics Club

"The Classics Club is a club created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books. There’s no time limit to join and you’re most welcome, as long as you’re willing to sign up to read and write on your blog about 50+ classic books in at most five years. The perk is that, not only will you have read 50+ incredible (or at the very least thought-provoking) works in five years, you’ll get to do it along with all of these people. Join us! We’re very friendly.”

Learn more about The Classics Club (and join) here:

The classics are always books that I mean to read but somehow never actually get around to reading. I'm really hoping that joining this club and blogging my way through the classics will really help me finally knock some great classic reads off of My TBR List. I think I'll start with the minimum 50 books and add to the list as I progress and discover more classics. I think 5 years is plenty of time to get through at least 50 classics. But who knows, I might make it an ultimate/ life goal to complete The Big Book List. Not too ambitious, is it?

If you're at all interested in reading classics but, like me, always put it off, maybe you should consider joining The Classics club (if you're a blogger), or find a classics book club on Goodreads that might suit you. Either way, you'll be reading more classics, which is the whole point of my sharing this. So, win!

My Classics Club TBR

  1. Adams, Richard: Watership Down
  2. Albee, Edward: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  3. Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women
  4. Angelou, Maya: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  5. Atwood, Margaret: A Handmaid’s Tale
  6. Austen, Jane: Emma
  7. Austen, Jane: Mansfield Park
  8. Austen, Jane: Northanger Abbey
  9. Austen, Jane: Persuasion
  10. Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice
  11. Austen, Jane: Sense and Sensibility
  12. Baum, L. Frank: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  13. Barrie, J.M.: Peter Pan
  14. Bradbury, Ray: Fahrenheit 451
  15. Bronte, Anne: Agnes Grey/ The Tenant as Wildfell Hall
  16. Bronte, Charlotte: Jane Eyre/ Villette
  17. Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights
  18. Burgess, Anthony: A Clockwork Orange
  19. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: A Little Princess
  20. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden
  21. Capote, Truman: In Cold Blood
  22. Carroll, Lewis: Alice in Wonderland
  23. Chabon, Michael: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  24. Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury Tales
  25. Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White
  26. Collodi, Carlo: The Adventures of Pinocchio
  27. Dante: The Divine Comedy
  28. Darwin, Charles: The Origin of Species
  29. de Cervantes, Miguel: Don Quixote
  30. de Saint-Exupery, Antoine: The Little Prince
  31. Dickens, Charles: Bleak House
  32. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment
  33. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Brothers Karamazov      
  34. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Complete Sherlock Holmes [1/60]
  35. Dumas, Alexandre: The Three Musketeers
  36. Eliot, George: Middlemarch
  37. Faulkner, William: As I Lay Dying
  38. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby
  39. Flaubert, Gustav: Madame Bovary
  40. Frank, Anne: The Diary of Anne Frank
  41. Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South
  42. Gibbons, Stella: Cold Comfort Farm
  43. Ginsberg, Allen: Howl and Other Poems
  44. Goldman, William: The Princess Bride
  45. Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  46. Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter
  47. Heaney, Seamus: Beowulf
  48. Hemingway, Ernest: A Farewell to Arms
  49. Hemingway, Ernest: The Sun Also Rises
  50. Herbert, Frank: Dune
  51. Hughes, Richard: A High Wind in Jamaica
  52. Hugo, Victor: Les Miserables
  53. Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World
  54. Inchbald, Elizabeth: A Simple Story
  55. Irving, John: The World According to Garp
  56. Ishiguro, Kazuo: The Remains of the Day
  57. Kerouac, Jack: On the Road
  58. Keyes, Daniel: Flowers for Algernon
  59. Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird
  60. Le Fanu, Sheridan: Carmilla
  61. L'Engle, Madeleine: A Wrinkle In Time
  62. London, Jack: The Call of the Wild
  63. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: Love in the Time of Cholera
  64. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: One Hundred Years of Solitude
  65. Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto
  66. Melville, Herman: Moby Dick
  67. Mitchell, Margaret: Gone with the Wind
  68. Montgomery, Lucy Maud: Anne of Green Gables
  69. Morrison, Toni: Beloved 
  70. Murakami, Haruki: The Wind Up Bird Chronicle
  71. Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita
  72. Orwell, George: 1984
  73. Plath, Sylvia: The Bell Jar
  74. Salinger, J.D.: The Catcher in the Rye
  75. Shakespeare, William: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  76. Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein
  77. Smith, Betty: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  78. Smith, Dodie: I Capture the Castle
  79. Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath
  80. Steinbeck, John: East of Eden
  81. Stevenson, Robert Louis: Treasure Island
  82. Stoppard, Tom: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
  83. Stoker, Bram: Dracula
  84. Thackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity Fair
  85. Tolkein, J.R.R.: The Hobbit
  86. Tolkein, J.R.R.: Lord Of The Rings (series)
  87. Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
  88. Tolstoy, Leo: War and Peace
  89. Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  90. Verne, Jules: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  91. White, T.H.: The Once and Future King
  92. Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray
  93. Woolf, Virginia: A Room of One’s Own
  94. Wyndham, John: The Day of the Triffids
  95. Zola, Emile: Germinal

Start Date: September 1, 2014
End Date: September 1, 2019


  1. What a jolly list! I see several here that are also on my list (here). I saw your intro on the Classics Club post and thought I'd pop over and say 'hi' :-)

    Also, I don't know if you'd be interested, but I see that you have the Sherlock Holmes stories on your list. Just so happens I'm hosting a read-along of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" next month. You're welcome to join me!

    And good luck on your classics quest! I've only belonged to the Classics Club since the beginning of this year, but I'm finding it very inspirational. And fun :-)

    1. OH! And I see Tolkien on here too! Are you already a Tolkien fan? I'm hosting a Tolkien blog party starting a week from today -- more info here. There'll be giveaways and games, and it's a fun way to get to know other Tolkien fans. And maybe find some new blogs to follow or gain new followers yourself!

    2. Thank you! I'm going to pop over to your list and check it out as well :) I'm planning a gothic October theme and a read-along of The Hound of Baskervilles might be a perfect addition. I'm a huge Tolkien fan, and I love the idea of a blog party. I can't wait!

  2. Welcome to the classics club! Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is one of my favorites!

    1. Thank you! I'm really excited to get to that one!

  3. A lot of great titles on your list. But where is Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse or Mrs. Dalloway??? Unless you have already read those...

    1. Thanks! Actually I haven`t read those yet. To the Lighthouse isn`t on my list because I was told it wasn`t the best place to start with Virginia Woolf and that I would appreciate Mrs. Dalloway more once I`ve read A Room of One's Own... We'll see if this is true!

  4. YAY!! Gone with the Wind is on your list! That's the BEST BOOK EVER. Hope you like it, & all these great titles. :-) PS - I am also Marianne Dashwood on the Austen heroine quiz. Too many people are sadly Elizabeth Bennet & Elinor Dashwood! We are the best. ;-) :P

    1. I love Gone with the Wind (the movie) even though so many people think it's rubbish. I'm really looking forward to reading it. I'm sure I'll love it like you did - we are both Marianne after all! ;)