The Classics Club

I’m finally joining The Classics Club. Better late than never, right? I’ve been trying to read more classics and this just gives me an extra push. The Classics Club has been around since 2012. The goal is to “unite those of us who like to blog about classic literature, as well as to inspire people to make the classics an integral part of life.”

Here is my list of 50 classics I want to read by March 16, 2023. It’s a “living” list, allowed to change and adapt. It’s made up of mostly novels, but there are also a few novellas, childrens books, and non-fiction titles thrown in.

  1. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
  2. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  3. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wild
  4. The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rineheart
  5. The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
  6. The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  7. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (currently reading)
  8. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  9. A Man Lay Dead  by Ngaio Marsh review 4/4/18
  10. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  11. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  12. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers
  13. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  14. The Odyssey by Homer
  15. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  16. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
  17. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  18. Orient Express by Graham Greene
  19. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  20. Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
  21. Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
  22. From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming
  23. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  24. A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell
  25. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré
  26. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
  27. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey
  28. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  29. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  30. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
  31. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  32. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  33. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
  34. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  35. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  36. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain (currently reading)
  37. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  38. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  39. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle review – 3/22/2018
  40. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  41. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  42. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  43. Hiroshima by John Hersey
  44. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  45. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzákis
  46. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  47. Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson
  48. Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh review – 4/7/2018
  49. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  50. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

21 Comments

  1. I like the list, it seems like a good balance of light and heavy, short and long! I have toyed with joining since the list can change…anything written in stone and I immediately feel hemmed in and don’t want to do it!

    I don’t know if you follow Silvia Cachia (https://silviacachia.wordpress.com/ ) but I am hoping she will organize a Don Quixote read along in 2019 in which I would like to take part. She has read it previously and is Spanish so I think it would be a very interesting exchange. I find that reading with a group helps me sometimes tackle those weightier tomes

  2. That’s quite a list 🙂
    I have read #2, #28, #29, #34 and #49. Gulliver’s Travels (#28) was one of my old favourites during my teen years and I also put it in my list, hoping to reread any time soon.

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