classics club

I'm trying to keep my list modest--these are all classics that I want to read now.  5 years sound more realistic.  (Actually, I've whittled down the list, knowing my propensity to set lofty goals.)

I'm viewing it more as a way to be organized in my Classics Wish List rather than as a Challenge To Conquer, even though 2 of my personal goals (Willa Cather and Classic Novellas) feature heavily here.

This list will be update and shifted as it goes along...which means that it'll probably grow etc.  As long as I've read 50 by May 2017, I'll have been successful!

  1. Don Quixote, Miguel De Cervantes
  2. Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe
  3. The Sorrows of Young Werther, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  4. The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe
  5. Persuasion, Jane Austen [re-read] (1/13)
  6. Mary Barton, Elizabeth Gaskell (5/15)
  7. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (6/12)
  8. The Warden, Anthony Trollope (5/12)
  9. Barchester Towers, Anthony Trollope
  10. The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
  11. Daniel Deronda, George Eliot
  12. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  13. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte
  14. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
  15. The Devil's Pool, George Sand
  16. Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky (4/13)
  17. Oblomov, Ivan Goncharov
  18. Fathers and Sons, Ivan Turgenev
  19. My Antonia, Willa Cather (4/12)
  20. One of Ours, Willa Cather (8/12)
  21. A Lost Lady, Willa Cather (11/12)
  22. The Professor’s House, Willa Cather (4/13)
  23. My Mortal Enemy, Willa Cather (5/13)
  24. Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather (4/14)
  25. Shadows on the Rock, Willa Cather
  26. Lucy Gayheart, Willa Cather
  27. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, Willa Cather
  28. The Painted Veil, W.Somerset Maugham (5/12)
  29. Cakes and Ale, W.Somerset Maugham (2/15)
  30. The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis (5/13)
  31. Watership Down, Richard Adams (4/12)
  32. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque (11/14)
  33. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck (7/13)
  34. Native Son, Richard Wright
  35. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  36. A Room With a View, E.M Forster (10/13)
  37. Free Air, Sinclair Lewis (1/14)
  38. Main Street, Sinclair Lewis (1/15)
  39. Oil!, Upton Sinclair (1/14)
  40. The Beautiful and the Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald (3/13)
  41. Heat Lightning, Helen Hull (9/13)
  42. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
  43. On the Road, Jack Kerouac (7/12)
  44. How Green Was My Valley, Richard Llewellyn (7/12)
  45. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
  46. The Bell, Iris Murdoch
  47. River of Earth, James Still (2/13)
  48. The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien (12/12)
  49. The End of the Affair, Graham Greene (8/12)
  50. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark (5/12)
Stories, Novellas, Plays, Etc.
  1. Youth and the Bright Medusa (stories) Willa Cather (6/12)
  2. Obscure Destinies (stories), Willa Cather
  3. Not Under Forty (essays), Willa Cather
  4. The Old Beauty (stories), Willa Cather
  5. Willa Cather: On Writing (essays), Willa Cather
  6. The Kruetzer Sonata and Other Stories, Leo Tolstoy
  7. Eugene Onegin and Other Poems, Alexander Pushkin (6/13)
  8. The Collected Stories, Alexander Pushkin
  9. Lady Windmere's Fan, Oscar Wilde (8/12)
  10. The Secret Sharer and Other Stories, Joseph Conrad
  11. Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw (1/13)
  12. Freya of the Seven Isles, Joseph Conrad
  13. Stempenyu: A Jewish Romace, Sholem Aleichem
  14. The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle (5/13)
  15. The Duel, Anton Chekov
  16. My Life, Anton Chekov
  17. The Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl, Italo Svevo
  18. The Touchstone, Edith Wharton
  19. The Man Who Would be King, Rudyard Kipling
  20. The Duel, Alexander Kuprin
  21. The Lemoine Affair, Marcel Proust
  22. Jacob's Room, Virginia Woolf
  23. Parnassus on Wheels, Christopher Marley
  24. May Day, F.Scott Fitzgerald
  25. La Fanfarlo, Charles Baudelaire
  26. The Alienist, Machado de Assis
  27. The Distracted Preacher, Thomas Hardy
  28. The Enchanted Wander, Nikolai Leskov


  1. You have a great list here that contains a lot of good novels. Do you happen to have a review or some brief thoughts concerning "End of the Affair" by Graham Greene? It's one of my favorites. :P

    1. Thanks. :) I don't think I ended up reviewing End of the Affair (I remember I was crazy busy around the time I finished reading it.) I usually enjoy depressing novels, but The End of the Affair was actually truly depressing! Written wonderfully though & I think I'll reread it at some point. It left me with so much to think about and feel and ponder. It put me in mind of Revolutionary Road in some ways - have you read any Richard Yates?


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