The Classics Club

I first read about The Classics Club on Lakeside Musing.  I was intrigued.  I have read a lot of classics in my life, but I feel like I haven’t read that many in the past five years or so.  I have a LOT of classics in my “to read” bookshelf at home so I started to make a list of them. I also added in a few books I don’t own that I would really like to read, and also a few that I’ve already read that I would love to read again.
My list has ended up long – 116 novels!  My goal is to try to finish this list in five years.  January 1, 2021 is my completion date.  I plan to link all of my reviews on to this page and I may update and change the list as we go along . . . we’ll see where this leads.  I just want a way to inspire me to get back to reading the classics and to read the books I already own!  What do you think of my list?

1.      Morte Arthur by Author Unknown
3.      A Garland for Girls by Louisa May Alcott
4.      Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott
6.      The House of the Spirits  by Isabel Allende
7.      Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
9.      Foundation by Isaac Asimov
10.  Robot Empire by Isaac Asimov
**The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood**
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
20.  Letter from Peking by Pearl Buck
**Kindred by Octavia E. Butler**
21.  A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (reread)
 **Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll**
23.  My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather
24.  The Professor’s House by Willa Cather
25.  Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
26.  Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov
30.  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
31.  Bleak House by Charles Dickens
33.  The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
35.  Crime and Punishment by Fyoder Dostoyevsky
36.  The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
37.  Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
38.  The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
39.  Hungry Hill by Daphne du Maurier
41.  The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier
42.  Scrapegoat by Daphne du Maurier
43.  Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
44.  Middlemarch by George Eliot
45.  The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
46.  Saratoga Creek by Edna Ferber
48.  The Story of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
49.  The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerold
50.  Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (reread)
51.  North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
52.  Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
54.  King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
55.  Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
56.  The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
57.  The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
58.  The Blithedale Romance by Nathanial Hawthorne
59.  Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
61.  The Complete Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway
63.  The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
64.  The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer
**Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer**
65.  The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer
** Sylvester by Georgette Heyer **
66.  The World According to Garp by John Irving
69.  The Golden Bowl by Henry James
70.  The Stand by Stephen King
72.  The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
73.  Ann Vickers by Sinclair Lewis
74.  Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
75.  Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis
76.  Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis
78.  The Betsy-Tacy Treasury by Maud Hart Lovelace
**  So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell**
81.  The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Conner
82.  The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orcey
83.  Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
84.  Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter
85.  The Harvester by Gene Stratton Porter
86.  Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton Porter
87.  Laddie by Gene Stratton Porter
88.  Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter
89.  All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
90.  Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
91.  Waverly by Sir Walter Scott
92.  The Mistletoe and the Sword by Anya Seton
95.  This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
96.  Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
97.  The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton
98.  Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
** The Cay by Theodore Taylor **
99.  Walden by Henry David Thoreau (reread)
100.          The Death of Ivan Ilych and other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
101.          Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope
102.          Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
103.          A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
104.          Essays and Sketches of Mark Twain
108.          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.          Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

**  Added in after I made this list.


  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: