Classics Club… A Challenge Within a Challenge!

One of the (many) reasons I started this Book A Week challenge and blog was to read more classics. Recently I came across the “Classics Club” which encourages people to read more classic literature by setting themselves a target of at least 50 classic books in 5 years (or whatever time period/ number you want) and blogging about them. I thought I would like to join up to give me more impetus to read classic books during this challenge and to connect with other readers/ reviewers.

You are required to make a list (although, I think, it can be changed as the challenge goes on). Their definition of “classic” is quite broad, including very recent books, but I would like to keep it more traditional although I will include more ‘”modern classics” that have stood the test of time long enough to be considered so. So here are the 50 classics I want to read in the next 5 years:

Austen, Jane Mansfield Park

Balzac, Honore de The Black Sheep

Bronte, Ann The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Bulgakov, Mikhail The Master and Margarita

Carter, Angela Nights at the Circus

Chloderos de Laclos, Pieree Dangerous Liaisons

Collins, Wilkie The Moonstone

The Woman in White

Conrad, Joseph The Secret Agent

Dickens, Charles A Tale of Two Cities

Dumas, Alexandre The Count of Monte Cristo

DuMaurier, Daphne Jamaica Inn

Elliot, George Middlemarch

The Mill on the Floss

Forster, EM A Room with a View

Gaskell, Elizabeth North and South

Gibbons, Stella Cold Comfort Farm

Grass, Gunter The Tin Drum

Graves, Robert I, Claudius

Hardy, Thomas Return of the Native

Hemingway, To Have and Have Not

Hugo, Victor Les Miserables

Huxley, Aldous Brave New World

James, Henry The Portrait of a Lady

                        The Turn of the Screw

Lawrence, DH Lady Chatterley’s Lover

The Rainbow

Mann, Thomas Death in Venice and Other Stories

Murdoch, Iris The Bell

Orwell, George Coming Up for Air

Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Pasternak, Boris Doctor Zhivago

Poe, Edgar Allen, The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet on the Western Front

Scott Fitzgerald, F The Great Gatsby

Shelley, Mary Frankenstein

Sinclair, Upton The Jungle

Spark, Muriel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Steinbeck, John Grapes of Wrath

Stendhal, The Red and the Black

Stoker, Bram Dracula

Stevenson, Robert Louis The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Thackeray, William Vanity Fair

Tolkein, JRR The Lord of The Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King)

Tolstoy, Leo Anna Karenina

Vonnegut, Kurt Slaughterhouse 5

Waugh, Evelyn Scoop

Zola, Emile L’Assomoir

Le Debacle



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