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The Classics Club

So, I found this blog when I was looking for reviews for Beautiful Creatures (mostly to see if anyone else thought like I did about the book) and I now follow and love this blog even though I don’t live in Atlanta. Also on her site is something entitled The Classics Club which is where you challenge yourself to read a number of classic novels in a certain amount of time (up to five years). After every title completed, you have to write a post about it, your thoughts and experience, etc; which you link to your main list.

I have a huge classic to read list, many books that I already own, but never pick up mostly because there are so many books that are ‘easier’ to read that  are more recent. But as an English teacher, I feel guilty. So, I decided to make my list and join. Some of them I am rereading because I really feel like when years have passed and I look at a book again, I understand so much more. Some I know I will be reading because I will be teaching them in the next couple years (so that’s a bit of a cheat, but oh well). Some…I just know I need to read.

I will make a page over there on the right of my blog to have the official list, but I’ll also post it here. I give myself five years minus a few weeks as I want to write about my most recent reread, The Great Gatsby. Titles in Bold mean that it will be a second or third time reading.

To Be Completed 11/20/2017

Classics Club List

1. Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott

2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

4. Emma by Jane Austen

5. Mansfield Park By Jane Austen

6. Persuasion by Jane Austen

7. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

8. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

11. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

12. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

13. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

14. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

15. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

16. Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll

17. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

18. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

19. Inferno by Dante

20. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

21. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

23. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

24. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

25. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

26. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

27. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

28. Middlemarch by George Eliot

29. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

30. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

31. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

32. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

33. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

34. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert

35. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

36. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

37. Howard’s End by E.M. Forster

38. Room With a View by E. M. Forster

39. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

40. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

41. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe

42. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

43. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

44. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

45. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

46. Tess of the D’urbevilles by Thomas Hardy

47. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne

48. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (unabridged)

49. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

50. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

51. Ghosts by Henrick Ibsen

52. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

53. On the Road  by Jack Kerouac

54. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

55. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

56. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

57. The Phantom of Opera by Gaston Leroux

58. The Prince by Niccola Machiavelli

59. Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory

60.  Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

61. The Complete Stories of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

62. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

63. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

64. 1984 by George Orwell

65. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

66. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe

67. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

68. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

69. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

70. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

71. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

72.  Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott

73. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

74. Macbeth by Shakespeare

75. Measure for Measure by Shakespeare

76. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

77. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

78. Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

79. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

80. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

81. The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck

82. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

83. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

84. Dracula by Bram Stoker

85. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

86. Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope

87. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

88. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

89. The Once and Future King by T.H. White

90. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

91. Our Town by Thorton Wilder

92. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

93. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

94. Irish Faerie Tales by William Butler Yeats


Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

Selected Poems of Byron, Keats, and Shelley

Idylls of the King by Tennyson

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