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