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. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (2023 reread)
  11.  Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (reread)
  12. Emma by Jane Austen (reread)
  13. Emma by Jane Austen (2022 reread)
  14. Persuasion by Jane Austen (reread)
  15. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  16.  The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  17. Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  18.  The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
  19. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (reread)
  20. Letter from Peking by Pearl Buck
  21. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (reread)
  22. Sons by Pearl S. Buck
  23. The Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
  24. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (reread)
  25. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (reread)
  26. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote (reread)
  27. My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather
  28. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather
  29.  Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
  30.  Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov
  31. The Pathfinder by James Fenimore Cooper
  32. 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
  33. After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
  34. Crooked House by Agatha Christie 
  35. Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie
  36. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  37. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (2023)
  38. A Deadly Affair by Agatha Christie
  39. Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie
  40. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
  41. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
  42. Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie
  43. The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
  44. The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
  45. The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
  46. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  47. The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  48. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  49. Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie
  50. A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie
  51. The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie
  52. Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
  53. They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie
  54. Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
  55. Why Didn't They Ask Evans by Agatha Christie
  56. The Twits by Roald Dahl
  57.  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
  58.  Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  59. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (reread)
  60. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (reread)
  61. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  62.  Crime and Punishment by Fyoder Dostoyevsky
  63. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  64. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  65. The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
  66. Hungry Hill by Daphne du Maurier
  67. The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier
  68. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (reread)
  69.  Scrapegoat by Daphne du Maurier
  70. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  71.   Middlemarch by George Eliot
  72. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  73. The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  74. Saratoga Creek by Edna Ferber
  75. So Big by Edna Ferber (reread)
  76. The Story of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  77. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerold
  78. Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (reread)
  79. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  80. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
  81. Warleggan by Winston Graham
  82. The Black Moon by Winston Graham
  83. The Four Swans by Winston Graham
  84.  King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
  85. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  86. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  87. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  88. The Blithedale Romance by Nathanial Hawthorne
  89. The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne (reread)
  90.  Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  91. The Complete Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway 
  92. Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer
  93. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
  94. The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer
  95. The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer
  96. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  97. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (reread)
  98.  The Stand by Stephen King
  99. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  100.  Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic
  101. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (reread)
  102. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  103. Ann Vickers by Sinclair Lewis
  104. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
  105.  Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis
  106.   Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis
  107.  The Betsy-Tacy Treasury by Maud Hart Lovelace
  108.   Heidi:  A Story for Girls by H.A. Melcon
  109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (reread)
  110. The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery
  111. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  112.  The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Conner
  113. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orcey
  114. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  115.  Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  116. Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter
  117. The Harvester by Gene Stratton Porter
  118. Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton Porter
  119.  Laddie by Gene Stratton Porter
  120.  Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter
  121. Peter Rabbit and Other Stories by Beatrix Potter
  122. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  123.  Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  124. Waverly by Sir Walter Scott
  125. The Mistletoe and the Sword by Anya Seton
  126.  My Theodosia by Anya Seton
  127. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (reread)
  128.  This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
  129.  Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  130. The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton
  131. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  132.  Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  133. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (reread)
  134. The Death of Ivan Ilych and other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
  135. Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope
  136. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
  137. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  138. Essays and Sketches of Mark Twain
  139. Around the Moon by Jules Verne
  140. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
  141. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (reread)
  142. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  143. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (reread)
  144.  Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (reread)
  145.  Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (reread)
  146. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (reread)
  147. The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (reread)
  148. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton
  149. Native Son by Richard Wright
  150.  Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
  151. Haunted Tales Edited by Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger (contains stories by Oscar Wilde, HG Wells, Rudyard Kipling, Virginia Woolf, etc.)
  152. The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories: From Hans Christian Andersen to Angela Carter edited by Jessica Harrison

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:

  5. I joined the Classics Club last year. I am seriously struggling to read my 50 books lately. I just don't want to! Looking at your list is making me want to get started again :) quite an impressive list of books you've read!