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

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: