The Classics Club


The Classics Club was created for all those who have a love for, or would like to read more Classics. This is a project where readers can get together, all you need to do is make a list of 50+ Classics you’d like to read in five years. (To find out more please check out their site here).

Start Date: 19th March 2012

End Date: 19th March 2017

Read: 50/50

For my list I decided to keep things simple. I’ve focused on novels, novellas and short story collections that I have not read before. I am leaving my list open to alteration, to accommodate my mood and experiences. My aim is to read 50 books from this list:

  1. Aesop’s Fables
  2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  3. Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales
  4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  7. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum
  8. Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
  9. The Tenant of Wildfel Hall by Anne Brontë
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  11. The Professor by Charlotte Brontë
  12. Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  13. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
  14. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  15. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  16. The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
  17. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  18. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle
  19. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  20. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  21. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  22. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle
  23. The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  24. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  26. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  27. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  28. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  29. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  30. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  31. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  32. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  33. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  34. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  35. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
  36. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  37. The Beautiful and Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald
  38. This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald
  39. Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald
  40. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  41. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell
  42. Mr Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell
  43. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  44. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  45. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  46. Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  47. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  48. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  49. The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley
  50. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  51. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  52. The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat
  53. Five Children and It by E Nesbit
  54. The Phoenix and the Carpet by E Nesbit
  55. The Story of the Amulet by E Nesbit
  56. The Railway Children by E Nesbit
  57. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  58. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  59. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  60. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  61. Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
  62. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  63. The Time Machine by H G Wells
  64. War of the Worlds by H G Wells

Books read 2016-2017  The Classics Club: Five Years Gone
Books read 2015-2016
 The Classics Club: Four Years Gone
Books read 2014-2015
 – The Classics Club: Three Years Gone
Books read 2013-2014 The Classics Club: Two Years Gone
Books read 2012-2013The Classics Club: One Year Gone

(To read more please click on the links in the titles).


29 thoughts on “The Classics Club

  1. I absolutely love this comprehensive list! I have read a good majority of these books but there are a few that I have forgotten to check up. I am certainly taking this challenge! Thank you very much!

    1. Hello Net of Words, thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂 I am pleased you enjoyed my list, however I was only a participant in The Classics Club, the real thanks should go to the great team who run this wonderful club 😀

  2. A fantastic list of fantastic books!, Superb.Seeing AC Doyle’s books in your list I’d personally recommend you his famous “The lost world”.Just read Treasure island,amazing it was,go on.Good luck!

    1. Hello Gaurav, thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂 I also really enjoyed Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and I will definitely consider reading The Lost World once I’ve finished all the Sherlock Holmes stories.

  3. Hi, Jessica,
    How good to know about this project/challenge. I have made myself the promise of reading more classics maybe this new year. I have some of yours on my list as well. I think I may tackle F. S. Fitzgerald first because they’re shorter and more contemporary. I already read and reviewed The Great Gatsby, which I loved.

  4. hello Jessica, yes we do have some in common on the list. and some other titles just intrigue me to put them as well on my list! Have a good journey with the list 🙂

  5. hi Jessica! some of your choices are on my list as well. looking forward to reading them with you and the rest of the Clubbers!
    i am now a follower and i have added your blog’s URL to the Literati list on my blog’s right sidebar.
    thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. good luck with the challenge as well.

  6. 41, 42, and 43!! Those are the ones I REALLY want to read, too! But, also, The House on the Strand, which I’m currently reading. 🙂

    (Also, this is an awesome list! YAY Bronte and Austen!!)

    1. I seriously considered The House on the Strand but finally settled on the three I did after discussion with friends and fellow bloggers. I can’t wait to see what you make of it though, may have to make my list a little bit longer 😛

        1. Thank you Jillian, yes I completed my 50 books back in March 😀 I am still deciding whether to do another list. If I do I will give myself a break and start again next year.

  7. Ohh I heard about that. There seems to be a lot of classic movie adaptations coming out. I want to re-read The Great Gatsby before the movie comes out. Have you seen the trailer for that one?

      1. oh okay. I read it in High School, but didn’t enjoy it too much. But I might re-read it before the movie comes out. I feel like I would appreciate it now, more than I did when I was 16.

  8. I hope you enjoy The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall! It’s one of my favourite classic novels. This is a really awesome list. I might consider joining The Classics Club after I’m finished with my book challenge. I like your list by the way :). And I hope you enjoy all the Dickens books!

    1. Hello Savindi, you are not the only one to recommend The Tenant of Wildfel Hall the more people talke about it the more I can’t wait to read it! I am also pretty excited about reading more Dickens I managed to get my hands on copies of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. Hopefully won’t be long till I get round to reading them.

      1. The BBC Adaptation of it is really good as well! After you read Great Expectations you should watch the new BBC Adaptation of it that came out last year. It done well, but I’d like to hear your thoughts on it too!

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