The Classics Club


Why haven’t I joined The Classics Club before now? I’ve been interested in it and thought about doing it for years! I lurked around their web site… started my own private reading challenge of 50 books à la The Classics Club but without joining… read lots of classics…  But I was afraid of not being able to finish the commitment I would make because I’m just awful at finishing challenges these days.

But, this morning I read a post by Melissa @Avid Reader’s Musings, and was so inspired by the fact that she just posted her last review and finished her 5-year challenge with The Classics Club! Congratulations, Melissa!  I wish I had simply joined 5 years ago when I first heard about it and was both fascinated by and fearful of it. Five years goes by quickly and I, too, would be finishing my last book from my list of 50 classics. So no more hesitating. Inspired by Melissa, I have decided to just go ahead and join. I am proud to become a member of The Classics Club!

My list is a mix of novels, short stories, and poetry, a combination of adult and children’s literature. Many of these books are already on my bookshelves or on my Kindle. My goal for completing my reading of these books is March 2022!  That sounds so far away, but I know that five years goes by in a flash. And what pleasurable reading years they will be!

  1. Rose in Bloom, Louisa May Alcott
  2. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  3. Death Comes For the Archbishop, Willa Cather
  4. The Secret Agent, Joseph Conrad
  5. The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  6. The Railway Children, Edith Nesbitt (completed in March 2017)
  7. Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther
  8. Neuromancer, William Gibson
  9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  10. A River Runs Through It, Norman McClean
  11. Arabian Nights and Days, Naguib Mahfouz
  12. Persuasion, Jane Austen
  13. The Rainbow and the Rose, Nevil Shute
  14. Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne
  15. The Chosen, Chaim Potok
  16. The Solitary Summer, Elizabeth von Arnim
  17. A Very Easy Death, Simone de Beauvoir
  18. The Book of Tea, Kazuko Okakura
  19. A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
  20. Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
  21. The Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne Jewett
  22. Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  23. This Star Shall Abide, Sylvia Engdahl
  24. The Story of an African Farm, Olive Schreiner
  25. The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley
  26. A Room With a View, E.M. Forster
  27. The Moorland Cottage, Elizabeth Gaskell (completed in April 2017)
  28. A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
  29. Kokoro, Natsume Soseki
  30. Kinfolk, Pearl S. Buck
  31. Ask Me, William Stafford
  32. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Kate Douglas Wiggin
  33. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
  34. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  35. The Spectator Bird, Wallace Stegner (completed in March 2017)
  36. Travels With My Aunt, Graham Greene
  37. The Ramayana, Bulbul Sharma
  38. Kindred, Octavia Butler
  39. The Sussex Downs Murder, John Bude
  40. The Lost Prince, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  41. Dust Tracks on a Road, Zora Neale Hurston
  42. The Unicorn and Other Poems, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (completed in April 2017)
  43. Excellent Women, Barbara Pym
  44. Crooked House, Agatha Christie (completed in March 2017)
  45. Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson (completed in April 2017)
  46. Two on a Tower, Thomas Hardy
  47. The Gaucho Martin Fierro, José Hernández
  48. Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden, Eleanor Perenyi
  49. The Measure of My Days, Florida Scott-Maxwell
  50. Marcovaldo, or The Seasons in the CIty, Italo Calvino
  51. Sophocles: The Three Theban Plays
  52. Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway
  53. The Sea Runners, Ivan Doig

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13 thoughts on “The Classics Club

    1. Robin Post author

      Thank you, Weebitsofhappy! I know I’ll enjoy reading these books. And it’s only time, after all.😊 By the way, I linked over to your new blog and it’s really nice. I love the idea of it and I plan to be a frequent visitor.

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  1. fandakutubuku

    Hi Robin, welcome on board! I’m also a Classics-Clubbers since 5 years ago. I have just finished my challenge several days ago, and am now beginning my 2nd round. It’s always nice to meet more classics-lovers 🙂

    Impressive list you have there… many of them I haven’t heard.
    The Ramayana is very interesting. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The House of Mirth, and Crooked House are among my favorites. I think there will be a new adaptation of Crooked House coming out soon, starring Gillian Anderson. That made me wanting to reread it…

    Anyway, good luck with the challenge! I’m adding you to my blogroll 🙂

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    1. Robin Post author

      Fanda Kutubuku, congratulations on finishing your first 5 years worth of classics and starting on your second round! That’s quite an achievement and inspires me as I get started on my first round. And thank you for adding me to your blogroll.

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  2. Kay

    I’m not a big classics reader, but wish you luck in your challenge. I know that many participate in this one. You’ve got a few of my favorites on your list. ROSE IN BLOOM, PERSUASION, A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, CROOKED HOUSE – love all those.

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  3. Robin Post author

    Kristen, it took me 5 years to decide to finally do it. It seemed like a huge commitment back then, but I’m glad I’ve finally decided to just do it. I know I will enjoy it.

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  4. Jillian

    This is an amazing list. I find your choices really exciting and different. Silent Spring! Rose in Bloom! Can’t wait to see your thoughts on these books. Very best wishes. 🙂

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thank you, Jillian! I put together a list of books I’ve always wanted to read but just haven’t done so yet (and included a couple of treasures to reread), so I am really enjoying my classics reading!

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  5. TJ @ MyBookStrings

    You have some wonderful books on this list, and two of my favorite authors, Willa Cather and Edith Wharton. I just completed by 46th book, but of course my list has grown from 51 to 88. 🙂 Have fun reading!

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