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.  Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (reread)
  10. Emma by Jane Austen (reread)
  11. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  12.  The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  13. Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  14.  The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
  15. Letter from Peking by Pearl Buck
  16. The Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
  17. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (reread)
  18. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (reread)
  19. My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather
  20. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather
  21.  Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
  22.  Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov
  23. The Pathfinder by James Fenimore Cooper
  24.  Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  25. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
  26. The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
  27. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  28.  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
  29.  Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  30. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (reread)
  31. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (reread)
  32. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  33.  Crime and Punishment by Fyoder Dostoyevsky
  34. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  35. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  36. The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
  37. Hungry Hill by Daphne du Maurier
  38. The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier
  39. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (reread)
  40.  Scrapegoat by Daphne du Maurier
  41. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  42.   Middlemarch by George Eliot
  43. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  44. The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  45. Saratoga Creek by Edna Ferber
  46. So Big by Edna Ferber (reread)
  47. The Story of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  48. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerold
  49. Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (reread)
  50. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  51. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
  52. Warleggan by Winston Graham
  53. The Black Moon by Winston Graham
  54. The Four Swans by Winston Graham
  55.  King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
  56. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  57. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  58. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  59. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  60. The Blithedale Romance by Nathanial Hawthorne
  61.  Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  62. The Complete Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway 
  63. Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer
  64. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
  65. The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer
  66. The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer
  67. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  68. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (reread)
  69. The Golden Bowl by Henry James
  70.  The Stand by Stephen King
  71.  Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic
  72. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (reread)
  73. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  74. Ann Vickers by Sinclair Lewis
  75. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
  76.  Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis
  77.   Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis
  78.  The Betsy-Tacy Treasury by Maud Hart Lovelace
  79.   Heidi:  A Story for Girls by H.A. Melcon
  80. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (reread)
  81. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  82.  The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Conner
  83. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orcey
  84. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  85.  Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  86. Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter
  87. The Harvester by Gene Stratton Porter
  88. Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton Porter
  89.  Laddie by Gene Stratton Porter
  90.  Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter
  91. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  92.  Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  93. Waverly by Sir Walter Scott
  94. The Mistletoe and the Sword by Anya Seton
  95.  My Theodosia by Anya Seton
  96. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (reread)
  97.  This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
  98.  Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  99. The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton
  100. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  101.  Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  102. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (reread)
  103. The Death of Ivan Ilych and other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
  104. Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope
  105. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
  106. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  107. Essays and Sketches of Mark Twain
  108. Around the Moon by Jules Verne
  109. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (reread)
  110. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (reread)
  111.  Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (reread)
  112.  Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (reread)
  113. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (reread)
  114. The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (reread)
  115. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton
  116. Native Son by Richard Wright
  117.  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: