The Classics Club

The Classics ClubI have been on the waiting list for the classics book club at my library for about 6 months now and I’ll be honest, unless a few people relocate or die, there is little chance of my moving up that list any time soon, so when I found out about the The Classics Club and their challenge I got to writing a list.

I had a lot of trouble narrowing my list down so in the end I decided to stick to books that were published before 1950 (with The Chronicles of Narnia being the only exception – the first book was published in 1950 and the final book in 1956), to not include any re-reads (I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe many, many years ago but I have not read any of the other books, so The Chronicles of Narnia is kind of an exception in this category too) and to only have one book per author.

I am sticking with the 50 books in 5 years, meaning that these 50 need to be read by the end of May 2020.


The Classics Club Reading List
(in no particular order)

  1. Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
  2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  4. Moby Dick by Heman Melville
  5. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dicken
  6. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  7. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  8. Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
  9. Dracula  by Bram Stoker Finished 17/07/2015
  10. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  11. For Whom the Bell Tolls  by Ernest Hemingway
  12. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  13. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  14. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  15. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  16. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  17. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  18. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  19. Ulysees by James Joyce
  20. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  21. The Trial  by Franz Kafka
  22. As I Lay Dying  by William Faulkner
  23. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  24. The Divine Comedy  by Dante Alighieri
  25. The 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade
  26. Doctor Faustus  by Christopher Marlowe
  27. Of Mice and Men  by John Steinbeck
  28. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  29. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  30. The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
  31. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  32. Rebecca  by Daphne de Maurier
  33. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  34. Vilette by Charlotte Bronte
  35. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  36. The Monk by Matthew Lewis
  37. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  38. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
  39. Walden  by Henry David Thoreau
  40. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
  41. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  42. The Pilgrim’s Progress  by John Bunyan
  43. The Iliad by Homer
  44. Beowulf
  45. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  46. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
  47. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  48. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
  49. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  50. Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory
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