The Classics Club

The Classics Club is a project for bloggers who wish to read a huge chunk of classics. Please read more about it by checking out the link or checking out my announcement post. The following are the goals that I have set for myself in line with the objectives of the club:

  • Number of Classics: 75
  • Start Date: April 2012
  • End Date: April 2017 (five years)
  • Prize: A trip to an Asian country. Currently, I have a burning desire to travel to Bhutan. The choice of country might change.

Personal rules:

  • The selected classics should come from 75 unique authors. I might read more than one Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, or Henry James, but only one work from each of them will count for the challenge.
  • The selected classics should be originally published on or before 1945 (more or less pre-WWII books). This came up because I had a hard time selecting books because there are so many good books that count as classics.
  • The selected classics should be works of fiction. Originally, the selected classics were limited to novels, but I decided to change this. Plays, poems, and short stories are now counted, although I have not included any of these in the list below.
  • The selected classics may be changed from time to time as long as the aforementioned rules are met.

And now, here’s the list of books that I intend to read. These are more than 75. What I’ll be doing is that I’ll pick books from this list until I reach 75. This allows for some flexibility because reading habits and choices can change, considering that this is a five-year project.

The list is alphabetized by the author’s last name. Some numbers have multiple books; this is because the books are by the same author. All the books in The Novel 100/125 list that meet the qualifications above are included here, whether or not I own them. If you wonder why some of the books that should be included here are not present, it only means that I’ve already read them before this project started.

  1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  2. Petersburg by Andrey Bely
  3. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett
  4. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
  5. Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
  6. My Antonia; O Pioneers!; One Of Ours by Willa Cather
  7. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  8. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  9. Lord Jim; Nostromo; The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  10. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  11. La Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac
  12. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  13. The Princesse de Cleves by Madame de Lafayette
  14. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  15. Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Doblin
  16. 1919; The 42nd Parallel; The Big Money by John Dos Passos
  17. The Brothers Karamazov; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  18. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  19. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  20. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  21. So Big by Edna Ferber
  22. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  23. The Beautiful and the Damned; Tender is the Night; This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  24. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  25. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  26. Howards End; A Room with a View; Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster
  27. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
  28. The Counterfeiters; Fruits of the Earth; The Immoralist by Andre Gide
  29. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  30. Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
  31. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  32. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  33. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  34. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  35. The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek
  36. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  37. For Whom the Bell Tolls; The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  38. A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
  39. Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley
  40. The Ambassadors; The Bostonians; The Golden Bowl; The Portrait of a Lady; The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
  41. Finnegans Wake; Ulysses by James Joyce
  42. The Jungle Books; Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  43. Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge
  44. Lady Chatterley’s Lover; The Rainbow; Sons and Lovers; Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
  45. Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Lewis
  46. Arrowsmith; Babbitt; Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  47. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  48. Buddenbrooks; The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
  49. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
  50. The Late George Apley by John P. Marquand
  51. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  52. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  53. Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller
  54. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
  55. The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
  56. Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
  57. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  58. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
  59. Call It Sleep by Henry Roth
  60. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott
  61. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
  62. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  63. The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
  64. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  65. The Red and the Black by Stendhal
  66. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
  67. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  68. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  69. Alice Adams; The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
  70. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  71. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
  72. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
  73. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  74. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  75. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
  76. Ethan Frome; The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  77. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
  78. Native Son by Richard Wright
  79. Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
  80. Germinal by Emile Zola

The list of classics I’ve read, alphabetized by title (updated last May 2014):


  1. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (2012)
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (2012)
  3. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (2013)
  4. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (2012)
  5. The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen (2013)
  6. Dom Casmurro by Machado De Assis (2013)
  7. Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot (2013)
  8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (2012)
  9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (2013)
  10. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (2013)
  11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (2012)
  12. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (currently reading)
  13. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (2015)
  14. Middlemarch by George Eliot (2015)
  15. Mysteries by Knut Hamsun (2013)
  16. Noli Me Tángere by José Rizal (2012)
  17. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (2012)
  18. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (2013)
  19. Richard II by William Shakespeare (2014)
  20. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello (2013)
  21. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust (currently reading)
  22. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (2014)
  23. The Trial by Franz Kafka (2014)
  24. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (2013)
  25. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (2014)


    • It’s 75 to be exact, hahaha. That’s pretty manageable. 15 classics a year. I read about 20 classics last year, so yes, I think I can conquer this challenge. :D


  1. Jillian ♣ says

    Wow! What a great list! I love that you keep to one work per author. You’re making such a great sweep of the classics with this list.

    Cheers, and have fun! :D


  2. I’m glad to see Moby Dick on your list. It’s absolutely beautiful–one of the happiest books I’ve ever read.


    • Jillian ♣ says

      I’ve only read the first 80 or so pages of Moby-Dick, but I adore it. BEAUTIFUL. I’m saving it for the perfect time. :)


  3. Helena says

    Hello! I loved this idea, the only problem is that the link to join the club isn’t working oO’


    • Yep, I think I’ve seen you on the member list. I think there was a big reading group of Moby Dick somewhere. How did you find it?


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