In which I join the Classics Club

A big shout-out to Lory of The Emerald City Book Review for this one, because I’ve loved reading her Classics Club posts and it’s through her that I originally discovered the Classics Club.

In short, the Classics Club was created to ‘to inspire people to read and blog about classic books’. Which is a great goal and I’m totally on board. There are plenty of books that I feel are gaps in my reading. In fact, there are some on my list I’m downright embarrassed about.

You’ll note that there’s nothing terribly groundbreaking about much that I’ve included. I think that’s part of the problem. Many of these books are considered such classics, that it’s almost assumed everyone must have read them and you start forgetting that you haven’t yet got round to it. But I also have no intention of reading for the sake of it or because I feel I should. In front of witnesses, I declare my intention never to read Ulysses or Finnegan’s Wake, and I’m going to be honest about my plan never to read Dostoevsky again because The Brothers Karamazov pretty much did for me. The books below are there because I think (hope) I’ll love them.

So here’s my accountability. Five years. Fifty books. Some ‘classic’ blogging. [I’ll update the list below with links as and when I review a book. So you can click through to read my verdict.]

Angelou, Maya I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Barrett-Browning, Elizabeth Aurora Leigh
Barrie, JM Peter Pan
Bates, HE Fair Stood the Wind for France
Blackmore, RD Lorna Doone
Carter, Angela Wise Children
Cather, Willa O Pioneers!
Defore, Daniel Moll Flanders
Dickens, Charles David Copperfield
Dickens, Charles Bleak House
Didion, Joan Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Du Maurier, Daphne My Cousin Rachel
Du Maurier, Daphne Jamaica Inn
Eliot, George The Mill on the Floss
Eliot, George Daniel Deronda
Ellison, Ralph The Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo The Essential Writings
Faulkner, William As I Lay Dying
Fenimore Cooper, James The Last of the Mohicans
Fitgerald, F Scott The Great Gatsby
Ford, Madox Ford Parade’s End / The Good Soldier
Forster, E.M Howards End / A Room with a View
Gibbons, Stella Cold Comfort Farm
Heaney, Seamus Beowulf
Hemingway, Ernest For Whom the Bell Tolls / East of Eden
Jackson, Shirley The Haunting of Hill House
Jerome, K Jerome Three Men in a Boat
Lee, Harper To Kill A Mockingbird
Lessing, Doris The Golden Notebook
Mann, Thomas The Magic Mountain
Maugham, Somerset The Painted Veil
McCullers, Carson The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
Panter-Downes, Mollie One Fine Day
Perkins-Gilmore, Charlotte Herland
Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet on the western front
Rhys, Jean Wide Sargasso Sea
Robinson, Marilynne Housekeeping
Salinger, JD The Catcher in the Rye
Spark, Muriel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Steinbeck, John The Grapes of Wrath
Taylor, Mildred Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry
Thackeray, WM Vanity Fair
Voltaire Candide
Walker, Alice The Colour Purple
West, Rebecca The Fountain Overflows
White, EB Charlotte’s Web
Whitman, Walt Leaves of Grass
Wiesel, Elie Night
Wolf, Naomi The Beauty Myth
Woolf, Virginia A Room of One’s Own

Is anyone else taking part already? What are your favourite classics?

9 thoughts on “In which I join the Classics Club

  1. You have so many good books on your list – I think you’re going to have fun with this. (Not that I’ve read them all, or even close, but so many of these are ones I’d have on my own list.)
    I always get excited when I see people are reading (or planning to read) Charlotte’s Web – I love that one so much.


    • Thanks Naomi. I’m expecting to melt all over Charlotte’s Web. I loved the cartoon version so much as a kid (although it always made me bawl) and it feels like such a gap that I haven’t read the book yet. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in… I think ‘A Room with a View’ is first as it’s currently languishing on my TBR shelf!

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  2. Wow, I’m so pleased my blog inspired you! I love that we can make our own lists and not bother about school requirements or what other people say we ought to read (well, unless we want to).

    Based on what I know, you’ve got a good variety and a lot of great reading on your list. Enjoy!


  3. Welcome to the club! That’s such an interesting list – with so many names I’ve never heard before *blush* but that’s part of the beauty of the club, to find more great books to read 🙂

    I joined in February and so far I have liked every books I’ve read. I have a couple of yours in my list as well (Vanity Fair, Beowulf and The Great Gatsby)

    Happy reading!


    • Thanks so much! I’m always surprised at how I can have got so far into my reading life without reading certain books and I’m hoping the club will help me get to them sooner. And it’s definitely true about the club pointing you in the direction of new reads. I needed an even 50 and came up about 6 books short after my brain dump, so I used the classics club list for inspiration and some of my favourite picks ended up being from there.


  4. My favorite authors are H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. They have great adventure type books. I also really loved Moby Dick…not sure about Herman Melvilles other books though. I have yet to read a Jane Austen book…. :/ Maybe in August!


    • I think I started reading Austen’s books aged about 15 and have read them multiple times since. But I’m woefully behind on Wells and Verne, and I’ve never read Moby Dick. I’ve started trying to counter my panic at the thought that I won’t have time to read ALL the books by consoling myself with the idea that there are SO many good books to read!


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