Classics Club

The Classics Club is a group of bloggers getting together to read, and write, about the classics (defined broadly).  I’ve decided to join up!  Which means trying to read (at least) 50 classics in the next 5 years.
My list… is 84 books…  And that was after I cut it down.  I am going to leave the 84 listed, and try to get them all (I can probably run through some of them pretty quickly, and write blog posts about them too.  Others… may take a bit longer….)

I may have to make the Little Engine that Could mantra my own (“I think I can, I think I can”)  but… I think I can!

My Goal Date:  June 26, 2019.


My list!

The Re-reads.

Books I read some time long ago (with a few exceptions, over a decade ago) and have wanted to revisit.

  1. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  2. Little Woman – Louisa May Alcott
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  4. Emma – Jane Austen
  5. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  6. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  7. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  8. A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett (Completed April 25, 2015)
  9. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (Completed August 1, 2014)
  10. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  11. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway (Completed May 11, 2015)
  12. Les Miserable – Victor Hugo
  13. Doll’s House – Henrick Ibsen
  14. Enemy of the People – Henrick Ibsen
  15. The Master Builder – Henrick Ibsen
  16. Ghosts – Henrick Ibsen
  17. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (Completed September 23, 2014)
  18. The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Lerouch
  19. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
  20. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami
  21. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Orczy
  22. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  23. Charlotte Temple – Susanna Rowson
  24. Ceremony – Leslie Marmon Silko
  25. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  26. The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton


The First-Arounds

Books I’ve been meaning to read (sometimes for a very long time) and now will make myself get around to.  Some of these I’ve found myself surprised I haven’t read… yet.

  1. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  2. Little Men – Louisa May Alcott
  3. Jo’s Boys – Louisa May Alcott
  4. A Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  5. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  6. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  7. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  8. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
  9. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
  10. Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury
  11. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  12. The Making of a Marchioness – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  13. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  14. O Pioneers! – Willa Cather
  15. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  16. Don Quixotie – Miguel de Cervantes
  17. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  18. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  19. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  20. NIcholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
  21. Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  22. The Three Musketeers – Alexander Dumas
  23. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexander Dumas
  24. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  25. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  26. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  27. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  28. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  29. The World According to Garp – John Irving (Completed September 30, 2014)
  30. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving
  31. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  32. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  33. Le Morte d’Arthur – Sir Thomas Malory
  34. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  35. The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Sea – Yukio Mishima
  36. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery (Completed July 15, 2014)
  37. Tar Baby – Toni Morrison
  38. The Enchanted Castle – E. Nesbit
  39. In The Lake of the Woods – Tim O’Brien
  40. Ariel – Sylvia Plath
  41. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle
  42. Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand
  43. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  44. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  45. The Lady of the Lake – Sir Walter Scott
  46. The History Plays – William Shakespeare (I’ve read most of the Comedies, and many of the Tragedies, but apparently have missed the History Plays.. .strange)
  47. Heidi – Johanna Spyri
  48. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  49. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  50. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  51. Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
  52. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  53. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkein
  54. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  55. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Mark Twain
  56. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  57. The Once and Future King – T.H. White
  58. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf


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