Classics Club

This year I’ve decided to join The Classics Club, which aims to get more people blogging about classic books. The idea is to pick a list of at least 50 classic books, and try to read and review/blog about them all within a five year time period. My end date for this challenge will therefore be 31st December 2021. I’ve focused on choosing pre-20th century works, because I feel I’m more likely to pick up modern classics spontaneously, whereas I’d like to make more of a concerted effort to read earlier works. I’m especially keen to work my way through works by the Brontës, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, because they’re authors which I especially enjoy.

I’ll link any reviews to this list for easy reference, and so I can keep an eye on my progress. Some of these books will be rereads for me, but they’re all books I’ve never blogged about before. (If you’d like to see reviews for some classic books that I have already written about previously, such as Wuthering Heights, Frankenstein and Far From the Madding Crowd, you can find the links on the Books page and, in some cases, under the My Culture Mission page).

  1. Louisa M. Alcott – Little Women
  2. Jane Austen – Sense and Sensibility
  3. Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice
  4. Jane Austen – Mansfield Park
  5. Jane Austen – Emma
  6. Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey
  7. Jane Austen – Persuasion
  8. Jane Austen – Lady Susan
  9. Anne Brontë – Agnes Grey
  10. Anne Brontë – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  11. Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre
  12. Charlotte Brontë – The Professor
  13. Charlotte Brontë – Villette
  14. Charlotte Brontë – Shirley
  15. Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales
  16. Wilkie Collins – The Woman in White
  17. Wilkie Collins – The Moonstone
  18. Miguel de Cervantes – Don Quixote
  19. Charles Dickens – The Pickwick Papers
  20. Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist
  21. Charles Dickens – Nicholas Nickleby
  22. Charles Dickens – The Old Curiosity Shop
  23. Charles Dickens – Barnaby Rudge
  24. Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol
  25. Charles Dickens – Martin Chuzzlewit
  26. Charles Dickens – Dombey and Son
  27. Charles Dickens – Bleak House
  28. Charles Dickens – Little Dorrit
  29. Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities
  30. Charles Dickens – Great Expectations
  31. Charles Dickens – Our Mutual Friend
  32. Charles Dickens – The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  33. Alexandre Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo
  34. Alexandre Dumas – The Man in the Iron Mask
  35. Alexandre Dumas – The Three Musketeers
  36. Alexandre Dumas – The Black Tulip
  37. Henry Fielding – Tom Jones
  38. Gustav Flaubert – Madame Bovary
  39. Elizabeth Gaskell – Cranford
  40. Elizabeth Gaskell – North and South
  41. Elizabeth Gaskell – Wives and Daughters
  42. Victor Hugo – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  43. Victor Hugo – Les Miserables
  44. Herman Melville – Moby Dick
  45. Edgar Allen Poe – Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination
  46. Laurence Sterne – The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
  47. Bram Stoker – Dracula
  48. William Makepeace Thackeray – Vanity Fair
  49. Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina
  50. Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace