The Classics Club

This is a fantastic idea put forth by Michelle of the book blog The True Book Addict.  She has started "The Classics Club" to encourage readers to be inspired by and enjoy classic literature.  As a reader, you choose a number (50, 75, decide) of classic titles that you intend to read over the next 5 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 (5 stars)
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 (4 stars) 
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (5 stars)
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome (4 stars)
Three Men on the Bummel 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 (4 stars)
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 (4 stars)
Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (5 stars)
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (5 stars)
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 (4 stars)
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. A beautiful list!! Have you ever read any of these? If not, I recommend Jane Eyre strongly, and Walden too (so beautiful). Pride & Prejudice is awesome, but Sense & Sensibility is the best Austen I've read to date. :D The Mysteries of Udolpho is SOOOOO good.

    I seem to keep saying this to everyone, but -- we have a lot of the same titles on our list!

    I hope you have fun with this, Beth. Cheers! :)

    1. Hi Jillian,
      I can't thank you enough for organizing The Classics Club. We book people know what's important in life, right? I read a handful of these titles a very long time ago, but the majority will be first time reads. I'm so glad you shared your enthusiasm for the titles you mentioned...just makes me want to read them that much sooner. Happy Reading ~
      Beth :-)

  2. Fantastic list, I see a lot of my favourites on here.

    I'm excited to see that another Classics Club member will be reading Nightmare Abbey. We'll have to exchange thoughts on that one!

    1. Hi Diana,
      I like your idea of sharing our impressions of Nightmare Abbey after we read it. Your list has great titles...I remember really liking both The Secret Garden and Fahrenheit 451. I commend you for taking on Gone With the Wind...I've never been able to plow through that one.
      Beth :-)

  3. Let me know how Oscar and Lucinda turns out. I have seen it in a few lists around the web, but am curious!

    1. Will do...I'm curious about it too.
      Beth :-)

  4. Great list! I look forward to getting to know you better through your blog. Thank you for following me.


    1. You're welcome...thanks for stopping by!
      Beth :-)

  5. I hope you're enjoying Brothers Karamazov, although "enjoying" may not be quite the right word. Absorbing? Thoughtfully engaging? It's quite a profound and memorable read.

    I think you'll find The Hobbit and The Importance of Being Earnest and The Screwtape Letters a nice change, thought-provoking each in its own way, but lighter than Brothers. Anyway, happy reading whatever you decide to tackle next.

    1. Hi Sherry,
      I am enjoying The Brothers Karamazov so far, even more than I initially thought I would. I've never read The Importance of Being Earnest or The Screwtape Letters, but I sure do want to.
      I just visited your blog and its wonderful...well done! I'm now a follower. Your classics list has a nice variety. A couple of years ago, I read Olive Kitteridge and Tinkers, and very much enjoyed both. I remember posting comments about both books on Goodreads, noting how different they were (for various reasons) from most main stream books. I'll be curious to hear your thoughts after you read those.
      Beth :-)

  6. Awesome list! I see that you mixed a lot of authors beautifully. And there're quite many of Dickens too! (I'm his fans, and I planned to read all his works).

    Can't wait to read your thoughts on Brothers Karamazov.