The Classics Club Membership Reading List: 50 Books


So, I found this really cool blog called The Classics Club. You can check out their guidelines for joining here!

Per The Classics Club blog, the idea behind this project is to promote discussion of the classics among bloggers, to get them out there in the media and make them an integral part of today.

I have decided to read the following 50 classic books in the next 2 years. I looked through my Goodreads account and I’ve read over 20 “classic” books in the past 8 months alone. I am excited to join this project because I love supplementing my English degree with books that I never read in college. I think that I’ve mentioned this before, but I did have to drop out of my part time Masters in English Literature program when I got sick. It broke my heart. Even though my body hurts, my brain still works (mostly…). I never read any Thomas Hardy books in college, but I heard about one of his novels in passing, so I ended up reading quite a few of his works last year. No one ever assigned me The Handmaid’s Tale, so I never read it. In hindsight, it would have been a great text to use in my Honor’s thesis Junior year. So, obviously, I love classic books. I really enjoy discussing them with other bloggers (#JaneAustenForever). I hope these reviews will spark your interest!

This is a living list that will probably change a little bit. I tried to diversify the list with some authors who are new to me, but there are also a lot of duplicate authors because I know that I already love their work. Also, I omitted a few obvious classic authors because I either don’t like their work or haven’t read anything by them. So, if I get started on something that I don’t like, I will just find something new! Or, if I find a new author that I’m really liking, I might kick some out of the list. A lot of the novels were pulled from The Classic Club’s website’s list of classic books, their dedicated Goodreads list, and the list of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die.

My plan is to include a “Classics” section in each of my monthly round up posts. A separate post with more a more detailed review or analysis of those books will probably go up the following Saturday, so it can be included in The Classics Club reviews. I’m actually really looking forward to putting my analytical thinking cap back on and writing those!

Obviously, audiobooks are my go-to choice, but there are quite a few that I have found that I will absolutely have to read in paperback or on Kindle. That will probably be my biggest challenge. I’ve started utilizing my library for audiobooks on CD, but some of the classic books were recorded awhile ago, so they only come in cassette. I just can’t do that. #sorrynotsorry So, for those types of novels, I can utilize Audible. If you want tips on how I get great deals on classic books through Audible, click here!

My List

  1. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
  2. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  3. The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  4. Madam Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  5. The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope
  6. The Awakening, Kate Chopin
  7. Adam Bede, George Eliot
  8. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Laurence Sterne
  9. Sartoris, William Faulkner
  10. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  11. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
  12. The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
  13. Phineas Finn, Anthony Trollope
  14. The Bostonians, Henry James
  15. The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot
  16. Lady Chatterly’s Lover, DH Lawrence
  17. The Moviegoer, Walker Percy
  18. The Woodlanders, Thomas Hardy
  19. Silas Marner, George Eliot
  20. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain
  21. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  22. Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell
  23. Vanity Fair, William Thackeray
  24. The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  25. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Doyle
  26. Lady Susan, Jane Austen
  27. The Man Who Knew Too Much, G.K. Chesterton
  28. Shirley, Charlotte Bronte
  29. Romola, George Elliot
  30. Passage to India, E.M. Forester
  31. Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell
  32. The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
  33. Portrait of the Artist of as a Young Man, James Joyce
  34. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John le Carré
  35. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  36. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
  37. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  38. The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
  39. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  40. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  41. The King’s General, Daphne du Maurier
  42. Charity Girl, Georgette Heyer
  43. The Convenient Marriage, Georgette Heyer
  44. Cousin Kate, Georgette Heyer
  45. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  46. The Violent Bear it Away, Flannery O’Connor
  47. The Black Dahlia, James Ellroy
  48. Dancing Girls, Margaret Atwood
  49. Little Men, Louisa May Alcott
  50. The House in Paris, Elizabeth Bowen

What would you include in your list? Anything that I need to add? Something that is terrible that I should take off? Help a girl out!

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