Thursday, March 8, 2012

Join The Classics Club

I just became aware of a fantastic idea put forth by Jillian of the book blog A Room of One's Own.  She has started "The Classics Club" to encourage readers to be inspired by and enjoy classic literature.  As a reader, you choose 50, 75, 100 (you decide) classic titles that you intend to read over the next five years.  Read the books on your list and write about them on your blog. Check out the details at
I am so excited about this...the timeline gives structure (one classic per month?) which feels like a goal I can accomplish while still having time to read other amazing books ( it).  60 months = 60 classics.  My finish line is March 8, 2017.  Time to dig in!

Here is my list of titles:

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Castle by Franz Kafka
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Old Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Beth Book by Sarah Grand
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
1984 by George Orwell
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Wings of the Dove by Henry James
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
An Historical Mystery by Honore de Balzac
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
If On a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
The Bone People by Keri Hulme
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
The Awakening by Kate Chopin


  1. What a fantastic list!! I have read quite a few of those and you are in for a real treat! My faves are: Jane Eyre, Ethan Frome, North and South, Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Count of Monte Cristo, Animal Farm and The Woman in White. Enjoy!!

    1. Your list looks great, too! Who says book people are nerdy? We definitely know how to have fun and enjoy life. I'll be curious to hear your impressions of the titles you've chosen. It's the weekend...more time for reading...YEAH!
      Beth :-)

  2. That's a great list: North & South, The Tenanat of Wildfell Hall, The Wings of the Dove, Oscar & Lucinda, Far from The Madding Crowd, are all particular favourites of mine and we have the Count of Monte Christo in common. You've reminded me of a few great books I might have put on my list if I'd thought of them too.

    I hope you have a great time with your classics!

    1. Wow...I'm very impressed with your list as well. You found many titles I had not heard of. I wrote a few down as "back-up choices" in case I just don't like a book from my list. I've read The Good Earth and enjoyed it very much. Thanks for telling me about some of your favorites...makes me want to read them that much sooner! This Classics Club will be fun!
      Beth :-)

  3. Beth, your list is impressive, so many of the titles are new to me. I noticed a few similarities with mine, though. Frankly, I'm so excited and can't wait to get to it fast enough.