The Classics Club: New List!

After successfully completing my first Classics Club list back in March last year, I decided to take a break before deciding whether to do another list. For those of you who have been waiting, of course I was going to join in again and here is my new list:

  1. Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott
  2. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
  3. Emma by Jane Austen [re-read]
  4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [re-read]
  5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen [re-read]
  6. Persuasion by Jane Austen [re-read]
  7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [re-read]
  8. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [re-read]
  9. The Marvelous Land of Oz by Frank L Baum
  10. Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
  11. The Tenant of Wildfel Hall by Anne Brontë
  12. The Professor by Charlotte Brontë
  13. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
  14. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  15. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  16. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  17. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  18. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  19. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  20. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  21. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens [re-read]
  22. The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas
  23. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  24. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  25. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  26. Romola by George Eliot
  27. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  28. This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald
  29. A Passage to India by E M Forster
  30. A Room with a View by E M Forster
  31. Howards End by E M Forster
  32. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  33. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  34. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy [re-read]
  35. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  36. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  37. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  38. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  39. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  40. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  41. The Enchanted Castle by E Nesbit
  42. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  43. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [Re-Read]
  44. Heidi by Johann Spyri
  45. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
  46. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  47. The Time Machine by H G Wells
  48. War of the Worlds by H G Wells
  49. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  50. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

For those unfamiliar with The Classics Club it was created for all those who would like to read more Classics. All you need to do to take part is make a list of 50+ Classics you’d like to read in five years. (To find out more please check out the projects official site here).

Unlike my last list, I have included re-reads on this list but as before I am leaving my list open to alteration, so I can add or remove books to reflect my mood and experiences. Starting today my aim is to read 50 books from this list in the next five years.

Any recommendations what I should read first? Are you taking part in The Classics Club?


35 thoughts on “The Classics Club: New List!

    1. Hello resilientprose, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always nice to hear from a new face 🙂 I’m afraid it has been so many years since I read Ivanhoe that all I have is a vague memory of enjoying it! Not sure I can quite recommend it off that – might have to wait till I have re-read it 😀

  1. Congratulations! And you’re making a new list!

    I’ve read The Time Machine and The Age of Innocence (as you know!) and would highly recommend them both. I read an abridged version of Heidi as a child and remember it being a nice reading escape.

    I’d go with one of the re-reads. An easy thing to do to start off the success (even though I think you’ll have no trouble anyway 😀 )

    1. Thank you Charlie 🙂 I have started reading This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald. Mainly to get it over and done with as I wasn’t a huge fan of Fitzgerald’s other novels, but it is slow going. So I think I should take your advice to start with a re-read – it sounds like a much better idea. 😀

  2. Congrats on completing your first Classic Club list!! I recently joined and created my first list! We’ve got some of the same titles 🙂

    1. Thank you Liv – I had a lot fun with my first list and I hope for even more with my second. Great to hear you are on board too – I hope you will enjoy yourself. Happy classics reading! 🙂

  3. I hope to reread some classics this year as well as some I haven’t read. Middlemarch is definitely one I want to read after buying a clothbound edition of it recently. But I don’t think I can commit to a certain number like you. I will just see how I go. It’s a great idea though.

    1. Jane, the first time I took part, I also thought I would suffer a little from the pressure of committing to a certain number, but fortunately my fears were completely unfounded. Some years a read more, some years a read less and it just seemed to work out at the end! Happy classics reading to us both! 🙂

  4. Hurrah! Glad you’re back in! Yes to all those Austen re-reads, and it makes me happy to see A Princess of Mars and some HG Wells on there too. Tarzan and Tess of the D’Urbervilles are on my list too – Tess will be a re-read but Tarzan is new to me. Hope you have lots of fun with your list!

    1. Thank you FF – I am particularly looking forward to the Austen re-reads, although now I feel like I should have included a re-read of Frankenstein as it is the 200th anniversary this year. I am also looking forward to trying H G Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs for the first time. Happy classic reading to us both!

  5. FWIW, I expected not to enjoy the H.G. Wells’ books very much, but I ended up quite liking them and, also, found that they read quickly and easily. On the contrary, I just read Kim at the end of last year (also as part of a filling-in-the-gaps project of my own) and I knew it would be longer but was surprised to find that it took a real effort to return to it nightly. It’s much more old-fashioned than I was expecting (even knowing that it is a classic)! But that could be just my taste. You’ve got a tonne of good reads here. Two big gaps on my classics reading shelf would be Dumas and Hugo; maybe I’ll get to them later this year…

    1. BIP, I am sorry to hear you found Kim a real effort, on the other hand it is great to hear you enjoyed and found H.G.Well’s books easy to read. Like you I haven’t read anything by Victor Hugo, however I have read and enjoyed two of Alexandre Dumas’ novels – my favourite being the sweeping, swashbuckling adventure: The Three Musketeers. 😀

  6. I seem to have come to a standstill with my classics club list so am full of admiration for someone who has not only completed their list but is embarking on round 2. Phew.
    You have some seriously good books on your list….

  7. Exciting list! I think I have read The Little Princess at least three times! A few years ago I finally read Heidi because I had only seen the movie. It was so good! Have fun. You will be a very well read classics reader when you get through this list.

  8. Such a great list. My classics club challenge totally crumbled. I need to revisit my list and make some amendments and i think this has given me the nudge I needed.
    Lynn 😀

  9. I’m glad you’ve decided to make a new list! It looks as though you have a lot of great books to look forward to – I particularly love the two Dumas books, the two Wilkie Collins books and Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Happy reading. 🙂

  10. Excellent list!! I see many favorites here – Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Moonstone, The Count of Monte Cristo, Howards End, Far From the Madding Crowd…. and quite a few I want to read, too.

    1. Thank you JoAnn 🙂 I am particularly looking forward to reading The Count of Monte Cristo as I loved The Three Musketeers and I have also heard great things about Tenant of Wildfell Hall and The Moonstone. While I loved Far From the Madding Crowd the first time I read, so fingers crossed I will love it second time around too.

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