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. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  22. So Big by Edna Ferber
  23. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  24. The Beautiful and the Damned; Tender is the Night; This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  25. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  26. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  27. Howards End; A Room with a View; Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster
  28. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
  29. The Counterfeiters; Fruits of the Earth; The Immoralist by Andre Gide
  30. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  31. Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
  32. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  33. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  34. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  35. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  36. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  37. The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek
  38. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  39. For Whom the Bell Tolls; The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  40. A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
  41. Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley
  42. The Ambassadors; The Bostonians; The Golden Bowl; The Portrait of a Lady; The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
  43. Finnegans Wake; Ulysses by James Joyce
  44. The Jungle Books; Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  45. Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge
  46. Lady Chatterley’s Lover; The Rainbow; Sons and Lovers; Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
  47. Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Lewis
  48. Arrowsmith; Babbitt; Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  49. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  50. Buddenbrooks; The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
  51. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
  52. The Late George Apley by John P. Marquand
  53. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  54. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  55. Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller
  56. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
  57. The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
  58. Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
  59. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  60. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
  61. Call It Sleep by Henry Roth
  62. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott
  63. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
  64. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  65. The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
  66. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  67. The Red and the Black by Stendhal
  68. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
  69. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  70. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  71. Alice Adams; The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
  72. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  73. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
  74. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
  75. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  76. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  77. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
  78. Ethan Frome; The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  79. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
  80. Native Son by Richard Wright
  81. Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
  82. 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. Mysteries by Knut Hamsun (2013)
  14. Noli Me Tángere by José Rizal (2012)
  15. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (2012)
  16. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (2013)
  17. Richard II by William Shakespeare (2014)
  18. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello (2013)
  19. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust (currently reading)
  20. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (2014)
  21. The Trial by Franz Kafka (2014)
  22. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (2013)
  23. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (2014)


  1. 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


    1. 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. :)


    1. Lol I entered in another post of the bookclub and it is working, but the link in the page above isn’t working o.O”


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