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The Classics Club



I’ve joined The Classics Club, with the intention of reading 50 classic books before 26 August, 2023.

The following is my list:

1 Adams, Richard: Watership Down

2 Atwood, Margaret: Alias Grace

3 Atwood, Margaret: The Blind Assassin

4 Austen, Jane: Mansfield Park

5 Austen, Jane: Complete Juvenilia

6 Bronte, Charlotte: Villette

7 Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights

8 Chekhov, Anton: Major Plays

9 Dickens, Charles: Great Expectations – Completed

10 Dickens, Charles: The Old Curiousity Shop

11 Du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca

12 Eliot, George: The Mill on the Floss

13 Eliot, George: Middlemarch

14 Faulks, Sebastian: Birdsong

15 Fielding, Henry: Tom Jones

15 Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Tender is the Night

16 Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby

17 Forster, E.M.: Passage to India

18 Forster, E.M.: Room With a View

19 Fowles, John: The Collector – Completed

20 Fowles, John: The French Lieutenant’s

21 Franklin, Miles: My Brilliant Career

22 Hardy, Thomas: Far From the Madding Crowd

23 Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the D’Urbervilles

24 Hartley, L. P.: The Go-Between

25 Henry, O: Collected Stories

26 Homer: The Iliad

27 Homer: The Odyssey

28 Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World

29 James, Henry: The Portrait of a Lady

30 James, Henry: The Wings of the Dove

31 Joyce, James: The Dubliners

32 Kafka, Franz: The Trial

33 Kipling, Rudyard: Kim

34 le Carre, John: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

35 London, Jack: The Call of the Wild

36 London, Jack: White Fang

37 Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: One Hundred Years of Solitude

38 Maugham, W. Somerset: Of Human Bondage

39 Morrison, Toni: Beloved

40 Pamuk, Orhan: My Name is Red

41 Radcliffe, Ann: The Romance of the Forest

42 Richardson, Samuel: Pamela

43 Rushdie, Salman: Midnight’s Children

44 Steinbeck, John: The Pearl

45 Stowe, Harriet Beecher: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

46 Thackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity Fair

47 Wharton, Edith: The Buccaneers

48 White, Patrick: The Tree of Man

49 Wilde, Oscar: The Importance of Being Earnest

50 Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway


Comments on: "The Classics Club" (12)

  1. What a fantastic list! Did I miss you posting about joining the Classics Club? So glad you’ve joined up! And Tess and Vanity Fair will well outweigh the horror of Mrs Dalloway… 😉

  2. Oh, thank you! I’m excited about the list too, but now I’m worried about Mrs D…
    I don’t think I posted about joining, I meant to but confused myself… easily done.

  3. I’ve been worried about Woolf too, so decided to read her in chronological order in the hope that me ability to read her will evolve with Woolf’s own writing style! So far I’ve only read the first – The Voyage Out – to great enjoyment, but have put the 2nd one on my CClist 2….

    Luck with the rest 🙂

  4. Thanks, Brona. I’ll see how I go with Mrs D before committing to other Virginia Woolf books, although I you might be right, reading authors in chronological order is a joy 🙂

  5. Great list! I just joined the Classics Club too – happy reading!

  6. Thanks! I think we’re going to enjoy being members 😀

  7. I think you created a good list, with a nice mix of long and short titles. Welcome to the Club!

  8. Thank you! It was loads of fun choosing titles, although an embarrassingly large amount were already sitting unread in my bookcase…

  9. What a great list, it’s really fun putting it together isn’t it? A real favourite on your list is Of Human Bondage, I loved that – don’t google it though, all sorts of funny things will come up!

  10. It was fun putting the list together, although I started with around 20 books from my bookshelf which I haven’t read yet…
    Oh, I hadn’t thought of the perils of googling Of Human Bondage! Did you google it? I’m laughing and cringing at the same time!

  11. I was warned in time!

  12. And thanks to you, so was I. 🙂

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