I’m Joining the Classics Club

Based on how many classics I managed to read in 2014, I’ve decided to join The Classics Club.


The rules dictate that I list the 50 classics that I want to read. In no particular order (and then I will probably consult the 1001 Books to Read Before I Die lists when I eventually stall…OK – consulted it quite early before I realized I could sort my ToBeRead books on goodreads by published date!) I’ve defined ‘classic’ as anything over 25 years old.


50. Stoner – John Williams

49. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen

48. The Three Muskateers – Alex Dumas

47. Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd

46. Jude the Obscure – Hardy

45. the Woodlanders – Hardy

44. Rabbit, Run – Updike

43. Naked Lunch – Wm Burroughs

42. Cry the Beloved Country – Alan Paton

41. Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford

40. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

39. Murder Must Advertise – Elizabeth Bowen

38. The Painted Veil – WS Maugham

37. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie

36. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

35. Heart of Darkness – Conrad

34. Germinal – Zola

33. The House of the Seven Gables – Hawthorne

32. Vanity Fair – Thackeray

31. Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol

30. Candide – Voltair

29.  Orlando – V Woolf

28. Stranger in a Strange Land – Rob Heinlein

27. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing

26. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon

25. The World According to Garp – Irving

24. Confederacy of Dunces – JKToole

23. Twelve Years a Slave – Solomon Northup

22. The Way We Live Now – Trollope

21. Sister Carrie – Teddy Dreiser

20. Winesberg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson

19. the Counterfeiters – A. Gide

18. A Handful of Dust – Waugh

17. The Ox-bow Incident – Walter Van Tilberg Clark

16. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

15. West With the Night – Meryl

14. Eileen Chang’s Love in a Fallen City

13. They Were Sisters – Dorothy Whipple

12. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

11. One Fine Day – Mollie Panter-Downes

10. The Portable Dorothy Parker

9. the Bird’s Nest – Shirley Jackson

8. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

7. The King Must Die – Mary Renault

6. The Dud Avocado – Elaine Dundy

5. the Hunter – Richard Stark

4. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes

3. Charlotte Sometimes – Penelope Farmer

2. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler – EL Konigsberg

1. The Double Helix – Watson


I’ve got FIVE YEARS to do this!  and I am allowed to swap titles in and out, I think, so as long as I get 50 titles read by 2020, I WIN.  This also means that I’m committing another five years to this blog. Whoddathunkit?!

Anyone up for a readalong on any of these, you know I am always up for a good Twitter hashtagging conversation.


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22 thoughts on “I’m Joining the Classics Club

  1. Love it! I keep changing my classics club titles but it has opened me up to a lot of new books that I wouldn’t have considering reading before (at least, not on my own). I Capture the Castle is awesome, and Things Fall Apart is one of my favorite books ever. I would totally be up for a readalong, maybe a Hardy? I have never read anything of his.

  2. Great list — so many of my favorites are included! The Way We Live Now and Germinal are brilliant, and West with the Night is just . . . wonderful! If you can track one down, see if you can get the illustrated edition with photos of Markham.

  3. I think I need more than five years to read 50 classics, at the rate I’ve been going! I’m glad you’ve renewed your commitment to your blog with this official ceremony, too!

    1. I managed 16 books this year that I consider classics! and a few were of the chunkster variety – I think I’m ready. ha. (I’ve missed blogging and yapping about books. I’m not going anywhere)

  4. Yay! I have been wanting to join this challenge for quite a while but making the list always overwhelmed me. You’ve inspired me to give a go in 2015 🙂 Good luck!
    Mansfield Park is my last Austen to read so if you want to read it togeher I’m game.

  5. My apologies to both Ms Dorothy L Sayers and Ms Elizabeth Bowen. I have credited Ms Bowen with writing Murder Must Advertise when it was Sayers who is the author. Yikes and egads. (I am wondering which title of Bowen’s I should read now!)

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