~ The Classics Club ~

What is the Classic's Club? And why am I doing it? Well, let me tell you...

It's a challenge to read at least 50 Classics in a 5 year period in an effort to read more titles, be introduced to more authors and engage in conversation about what everyone is reading. Some are doing it with prizes in mind for completing the reading list. I, however, am not sure I am going to do that. But then again, maybe I will. Who knows?!?! Anyway, the lists are so fun to read through as everyone has a different take on what a classic is. Many have the same books chosen and many are as different as can be. As I read list after list, I was amazed by how many titles I had never heard of or read despite having read a large variety since elementary school. So it was fairly easy to put together my list of 76.  So starting April 1st, 2012, I am going to start focusing on reading the classics until I finish April 1st, 2017. That means I need to read 15 or 16 classics a year in order to reach my goal. Thankfully, most of them are ones I already own or aren't too difficult to get at the library. I will update the list as I finish each book and as I add more that I want to read.

So, here's my list for The Classics Club:

Adventures of Huckleberry Fin by Mark Twain
Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Arabian Nights
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Complete Sherlock Holmes volume 1 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Complete Sherlock Holmes volume 2 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Essays and Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Essentials Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Further Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne 
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper 
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman 
Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Macbeth by Wiliam Shakespeare
Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Othello by William Shakespeare
Persuasion by Jane Austen 
Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Poems by William Shakespeare
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners by James Joyce
Princess Bride by William Goldman
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe 
Villete by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Here is the list of the Classics that I have read so far. It'll be updated each time I finish one off my list! I will also link any posts I write that are connected to the books on my Classics list here.

YEAR 1: 2012
Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (read April 2012)
Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (read June 2012) 
Candide by Voltaire (read June 2012) 
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (read July 2012)  
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (read July 2012) 
Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott (read July 2012)
Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (read August 2012) 

YEAR 2: 2013
 A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf (read January 2013)
Peter Pan by JM Barrie (read January 2013)  
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte (read February 2013) 
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (read April 2013)
Aesop's Fables  (read April 2013)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (read August 2013)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (read August 2013)
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (read September 2013)
Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (read November/December 2013)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (read December 2013)
Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson (read December 2013)

YEAR 3: 2015
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (read July 2015)
Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (read August 2015)
Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery (read September 2015)
Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery (read October 2015)
Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery (read October 2015)
Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery (read November 2015)

YEAR 4: 2016
Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (read January 2016)


  1. Hello, Kiersten! So good to meet you, and I LOVE your list! Othello, Vanity Fair, Sense & Sensibility, Jane Eyre, Little Women, Macbeth? You are going to have a BLAST! Cheers, and welcome to the group. :)

  2. Your list looks inviting! I'm reading The Brothers Karamazov right now and liking it so far. Enjoy your books!
    Beth :-)

  3. Wow! Great list! I'm thinking about joining this challenge and was just looking at a few blogs. Hmmm... guess the next step is making my own list!