The Classics Club

I first read about The Classics Club on Lakeside Musing in 2015.  I was intrigued.  I have read a lot of classics in my life, but I want to read more.  I have a LOT of classics in my “to read” bookshelf at home so I started this journey.  I ended up reading some on my list, and a lot not on my list.  My five years in the classics club ended January 1, 2021.  I am starting round two on January 1, 2021 with and ending date of January 1, 2026.  I started a classics book club at my local library in 2019, but with COVID in 2020, all events were cancelled.  I’m hoping we are back on track at some point in 2021 to help me with my reading list.  What do you think of my reading list?

My “to-read” classics list for 2021-2026:
  1.  Morte Arthur by Author Unknown
  2. A Garland for Girls by Louisa May Alcott
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (reread)
  4. Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott 
  5.  The House of the Spirits  by Isabel Allende
  6. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  7. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  8.  Robot Empire by Isaac Asimov
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (reread)
  10.  Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (reread)
  11. Emma by Jane Austen (reread)
  12. Persuasion by Jane Austen (reread)
  13. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  14.  The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  15. Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  16.  The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
  17. Letter from Peking by Pearl Buck
  18. The Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
  19. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (reread)
  20. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (reread)
  21. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote (reread)
  22. My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather
  23. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather
  24.  Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
  25.  Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov
  26. The Pathfinder by James Fenimore Cooper
  27. After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
  28. Crooked House by Agatha Christie 
  29. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  30. A Deadly Affair by Agatha Christie
  31. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
  32. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
  33. Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie
  34. The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
  35. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  36. The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  37. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  38. A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie
  39. The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie
  40. Why Didn't They Ask Evans by Agatha Christie
  41.  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
  42.  Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  43. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (reread)
  44. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (reread)
  45. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  46.  Crime and Punishment by Fyoder Dostoyevsky
  47. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  48. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  49. The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
  50. Hungry Hill by Daphne du Maurier
  51. The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier
  52. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (reread)
  53.  Scrapegoat by Daphne du Maurier
  54. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  55.   Middlemarch by George Eliot
  56. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  57. The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  58. Saratoga Creek by Edna Ferber
  59. So Big by Edna Ferber (reread)
  60. The Story of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  61. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerold
  62. Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (reread)
  63. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  64. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
  65. Warleggan by Winston Graham
  66. The Black Moon by Winston Graham
  67. The Four Swans by Winston Graham
  68.  King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
  69. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  70. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  71. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  72. The Blithedale Romance by Nathanial Hawthorne
  73.  Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  74. The Complete Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway 
  75. Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer
  76. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
  77. The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer
  78. The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer
  79. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  80. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (reread)
  81.  The Stand by Stephen King
  82.  Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic
  83. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (reread)
  84. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  85. Ann Vickers by Sinclair Lewis
  86. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
  87.  Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis
  88.   Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis
  89.  The Betsy-Tacy Treasury by Maud Hart Lovelace
  90.   Heidi:  A Story for Girls by H.A. Melcon
  91. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (reread)
  92. The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery
  93. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  94.  The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Conner
  95. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orcey
  96. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  97.  Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  98. Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter
  99. The Harvester by Gene Stratton Porter
  100. Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton Porter
  101.  Laddie by Gene Stratton Porter
  102.  Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter
  103. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  104.  Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  105. Waverly by Sir Walter Scott
  106. The Mistletoe and the Sword by Anya Seton
  107.  My Theodosia by Anya Seton
  108. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (reread)
  109.  This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
  110.  Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  111. The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton
  112. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  113.  Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  114. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (reread)
  115. The Death of Ivan Ilych and other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
  116. Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope
  117. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
  118. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  119. Essays and Sketches of Mark Twain
  120. Around the Moon by Jules Verne
  121. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
  122. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (reread)
  123. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (reread)
  124.  Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (reread)
  125.  Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (reread)
  126. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (reread)
  127. The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (reread)
  128. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton
  129. Native Son by Richard Wright
  130.  Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

Classics Club list I read from 2016 to 2021:


  1. Wow, this is a big list! I just wanted to say hello. I popped over here to read your remarks on Little House in the Big Woods. I'd also like to read your #116. I've read half and love it. :)

  2. It is a very large list - probably too ambitious! I'll see where I'm at in five years, and whatever is left will be the start of a new list :-)

    I've owned Swiss Family Robinson since I was a kid and have never read it, but love the Disney movie classic. I think I'm going to see if I can get my sons to read it with me as well - it seems right up their alley!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This is a wonderful list. Each time I visit another person from The Classics Club, it make me want to tweak my list.

  4. What a great list! You've made great progress! I read and loved these titles on your list: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Life and Adventure of Santa Claus, Jane Eyre, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, And then There Were None, The Little Prince, Phantom of the Opera, Christmas with Anne (and all the Anne books), Trumpet of the Swan

    And these are the ones that our lists have in common: Northanger Abbey, A Little Princess, Keeper of the Bees, Cry Beloved Country, Kidnapped, Laddie, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

    There are so many titles I have never heard of as well!

    Here is my list of 75 classics, if interested: