The Classics Club

I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I know this is a lot of posts in one day! But I keep stumbling across these really neat blog posts with ideas that are just too awesome.

I'd love to join the Classics Club, which is a challenge to read 50+ Classics in the span of 5 years. That's 10 classics per year! They do something called a Classics Spin where you pick 10 books from your list and they do a sort of lottery spin and you read whichever number in your list is picked. So fun!

To join the Classics Club, they ask you to choose 50+ classics and list them on your blog with your completion goal. My completion goal is November 9, 2022 (that seems so far away!) As I read through my list and post reviews on my blog, I'll update this original post with read dates and link to my reviews.

Are you ready? Here's my list:

1. Watership Down by Richard Adams
2. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
3. Emma by Jane Austen
4. Sense and Sensibility to Jane Austen
5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
6. Persuasion by Jane Austen
7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
8. Mansfield Part by Jane Austen
9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
10. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
11. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
12. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
13. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
14. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
15. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
16. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
17. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
19. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
20. Middlemarch by George Eliot
21. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
22. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
23. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
24. Siddhartha be Hermann Hesse
25. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
26. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
27. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
28. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
29. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
30. Pippi Goes on Board by Astrid Lindgren
31. Pippi in the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren
32. Moby Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville
33. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
34. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
35. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
36. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
37. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
38. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
39. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
40. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
41. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
42. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
43. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
44. Dracula by Bram Stoker
45. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
46. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
47. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
48. Candide by Voltaire
49. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
50. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


  1. Great list Elley! I love seeing all the Austen, and am impressed that you've included so much Shakespeare as well. Happy reading!

  2. welcome to the club! Enjoy. I'm in my 2nd year, my list is here:

  3. Welcome to the Classics Club! I joined last November. I keep adding to my classics list ;) It seems every time I finish a book, I add another (or two) to my list. We have a few books in common.

    1. I've already got a "Classics Club Round 2" list started... it may already have 46 titles on it... haha. So I feel you!!

  4. Looks like a good list! I see lots of fave authors here -- Austen, Dumas, and Hemingway, oh my! Good stuff :-)

  5. EXCITING! A new club member! Welcome. :)

  6. Great list, I love that you included some Astrid Lindgren. I included Brothers Lionheart on my own list and can't wait to reread it.


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