The Classics Club

Jillian at A Room of One’s Own had the brilliant idea to create The Classics Club, wherein each member would create a list of 50+ classics (a “classic” could be defined however each member wanted) they wanted to read in the next five years. Below is my list; it consists of 100 books I want to read (and review on my blog) by January 1, 2017. They are all from the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, which I’m already working to chip away at; I’m hoping my Classics Club list will make it a little easier to break down the list into small chunks! There are 40 books that were written in the 1900s, 50 from the 1800s, and a mere 10 from the 1700s. As I read and review each of these titles, I’ll link to this page as well as the 1001 Books page. You can join the Classics Club here. Enjoy!


  1. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  2. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  4. The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
  5. Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  6. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  7. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
  8. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  10. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  11. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D. H. Lawrence
  12. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  13. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
  14. Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers
  15. The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain
  16. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
  17. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  18. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  19. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier January 31, 2013
  20. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  21. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  22. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  23. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  24. 1984 – George Orwell
  25. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
  26. The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
  27. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  28. The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
  29. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  30. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
  31. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  32. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  34. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  35. Slaughterhouse-five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  36. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  37. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  38. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  39. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  40. Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole


  1. The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells June 16, 2012
  2. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  3. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H. G. Wells
  4. The Time Machine – H. G. Wells April 13, 2012
  5. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  6. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  7. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  9. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde September 20, 2012
  10. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  11. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  12. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
  14. The Brothers Karamzov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  15. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  16. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  17. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
  18. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  19. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  20. Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
  21. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  22. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  23. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
  24. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  25. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  26. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  27. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  28. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  29. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  30. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  31. Villette – Charlotte Bronte
  32. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  33. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  34. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  35. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  36. Shirley – Charlotte Bronte
  37. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
  38. Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte
  39. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  40. The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  41. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  42. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allen Poe
  43. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  44. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allen Poe
  45. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  46. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  47. Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  48. The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth
  49. The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  50. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James


  1. Camilla – Fanny Burney
  2. Cecilia – Fanny Burney
  3. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  4. The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
  5. Candide – Voltaire
  6. Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
  7. A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
  8. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  9. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  10. A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift

4 thoughts on “The Classics Club

  1. AWESOME list, Bridget! I’m so glad you’ve joined. I confess I’m most excited by your 19th century choices. 🙂 But Clarissa and The Mysteries of Udolpho also intrigue me, as well as a great many from your 20th century list! I love that people are doing this, because it lets me see what they pick that I have yet to encounter. I’m thinking I’ll learn a lot from this club. We by Zamyatin? I’ve never heard of the title or the author. So I look forward to your thoughts when you reach that title!

    Very best wishes to you!

    • I’ve gotten We recommended before and just realized it was on The List, so I figured I’d put it on. I have no idea at all what it’s about, and I’ve also never heard of the author, but I’m looking forward to reading it! I’m also looking forward to reading The Mysteries of Udolpho because of Catherine Morland’s interest in Gothic novels in Northanger Abbey 🙂

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