Saturday, April 27, 2013

Joining the Classics Club

A lot of my blogger friends are members of the Classics Club, and since this seems to be my year of jumping on the bandwagon, I decided to join.  Here is my list of fifty classics in five years.  

Only one is currently in-progress, Frankenstein, the rest are books that I plan to read or reread within the next five years. 

Most are novels, but there are a couple of non-fiction books in there as well.

With this list, I will finish my end-to-end reading of George Eliot, begun a few years ago, and make good headway with R.L. Stevenson and John Steinbeck.  It also accounts for finishing up Trollope's Barset collection. It has a couple of books set in Venice and about the Civil War, both of which are current reading interests. It also includes a number of firsts--my first Joyce Carol Oates, my first Sir Walter Scott, and my first Ann Patchett.
  1. Mystery Mile, by Margery Allingham
  2. Elizabeth and Her German Garden, Elizabeth von Armin
  3. Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte
  4. Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte
  5. Camilla, by Fanny Burney
  6. A Diary from Dixie, by Mary Chestnut
  7. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
  8. No Name, by Wilkie Collins
  9. The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens (reread)
  10. David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens (reread)
  11. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
  12. Frenchman's Creek, by Daphne du Maurier
  13. Trilby, by George du Maurier
  14. Felix Holt, by George Eliot 
  15. Middlemarch, by George Eliot
  16. Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot
  17. The Art of Eating, M.F.K. Fisher
  18. The French Lieutenant's Woman, by John Fowles
  19. A Passage to India, by E.M. Forster
  20. The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
  21. Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
  22. The Wings of the Dove, by Henry James (reread)
  23. Daisy Miller, by Henry James
  24. Captains Courageous, by Rudyard Kipling
  25. The Sybil, by Par Lagerkvist (reread)
  26. The Leopard, by Guiseppe di Lampedusa
  27. The Razor's Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham
  28. Battle Cry of Freedom, by James M. McPherson
  29. The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery
  30. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  31. Blonde, by Joyce Carol Oates
  32. State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
  33. Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym
  34. Waverley, by Sir Walter Scott 
  35. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley 
  36. The Black Arrow, by R.L. Stevenson 
  37. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by R.L. Stevenson
  38. Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner
  39. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck (reread)
  40. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck (reread)
  41. Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck
  42. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
  43. Dr. Thorne, by Anthony Trollope 
  44. Framley Parsonage, by Anthony Trollope
  45. The Small House at Allington, by Anthony Trollope
  46. The Last Chronicle of Barset, by Anthony Trollope
  47. 1876, by Gore Vidal
  48. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh (reread)
  49. The Buccaneers, by Edith Wharton
  50. Germinal, by Emile Zola


  1. Looks to be a great list!

    I look forward to reading your commentary on Frankenstein when you have completed it.

  2. I've read some of these & have some on my list too. I do like Joyce Carol Oates and have read Blonde - it took me ages and is different from some of her other books, some of which I don't like very much and some I love. I liked Blonde very much. I think it's one of her best books (of the ones I've read).

    1. Where do you think I found out about Blonde, Margaret? Your blog, of course! :)

    2. Oh, fancy that! I do hope you like it.

  3. Great list - welcome to The Club! I see several of my favorites on your list, and quite a few overlaps with my own, too.

  4. I joined earlier this year and am really enjoying it so far. My reading of classics has increased tremendously since joining! Our lists are actually quite different in terms of selection so it will be fun to see your posts on books not on my list!

  5. You have several on your list that are on mine too. I really love this challenge, but it's more than a's a community builder.

    I'm hosting a post-2000 "modern classic" read-a-long in May at my blog, but I don't see any of the titles I have up for vote on your list. You can still check out the poll if you like in the top right sidebar of my blog.

  6. What a great list, Jane - all the Trollope, and then James McPherson's book as well! I'll look forward to your reviews, and you've got me thinking which of these I need to add to my TBR list.

  7. Welcome to the Club! Looks like an incredibly challenging list. In Cold Blood and David Copperfield are two of my favorites. I started my list last year, and it's really motivational to have a list to keep going back to.

  8. Welcome to the club! Many I haven't read from your list. Sounds a lot of fun too.

  9. Welcome to the Club :-) You have an interesting list. Happy reading!

  10. You have some great books on your list. It always amazes me how many different options there are out there under the umbrella of "classics" -- definitely something out there for everyone!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier this week :)

  11. Agnes Grey is one of my favorites! :)