Joining The Classics Club!

For a while now I’ve been entertaining the notion of joining The Classics Club, since so many bloggers I follow are a part of it and I do enjoy and want to read more classic literature. Since I’ve realized that, as an Obliger (Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies,) I need to have outer accountability to meet inner expectations, I thought this would be the perfect little nudge I need to get me reading all those novels I’ve been “meaning to read” forever.

The (short version) rules of the Club are this:

  • – choose 50+ classics
  • – list them at your blog
  • – choose a reading completion goal date up to five years in the future and note that date on your classics list of 50+ titles
  • – write about each title on your list as you finish reading it, and link it to your main list

So by February 8, 2023, I hope to have read the following books (but I reserve the right to add and drop titles along the way:)


Gather Together in My Name – Maya Angelou

The Enchanted April – Elizabeth von Arnim

Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon – Jane Austen

Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin

Go Tell it on the Mountain – James Baldwin

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

The Long-Winded Lady: Notes From the New Yorker – Maeve Brennan

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë

Jane Eyre -Charlotte Brontë (reread)

The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

A Study in Scarlet – Arthur Conan Doyle

My Cousin Rachel – Daphne du Maurier

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Adam Bede – George Eliot

Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

Love Medicine – Louise Erdrich

Howard’s End – E.M. Forster

North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell

Wives and Daughters – Elizabeth Gaskell

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

Nightingale Wood – Stella Gibbons

The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett

Strangers on a Train – Patricia Highsmith

Jonah’s Gourd Vine – Zora Neale Hurston

The Bird’s Nest – Shirley Jackson

Life Among the Savages – Shirley Jackson

The Lottery and Other Stories – Shirley Jackson

Quicksand – Nella Larsen

West With the Night – Beryl Markham

The Blue Castle – L.M. Montgomery

The Gowk Storm – Nancy Morrison (thanks Fiction Fan!)

Beloved – Toni Morrison (reread)

A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories – Flannery O’Connor

1984 – George Orwell

The Last Gentleman – Walker Percy

Less Than Angels – Barbara Pym

Quartet in Autumn – Barbara Pym

The Sweet Dove Died – Barbara Pym

Ceremony – Leslie Marmon Silko (reread)

Crossing to Safety – Wallace Stegner

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

The Warden – Anthony Trollope

Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Stoner – John Williams

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf (reread)

Native Son – Richard Wright

So that’s 51 books, mostly novels, three memoirs (Angelou, Jackson, and Markham) two books of short stories (Jackson, O’Connor,) one book of essays (Brennan.) A few rereads, but it’s been at least ten-twenty+ years since I’ve read some of them. I am excited to dig in to these. Some I have been meaning to read for years, others I just learned about in the last year from fellow bloggers! Some of these I don’t know how I’ve escaped reading in school before now (1984, I’m looking at you!)

Have you read any of these? Any you’re particularly attached to or perhaps despise? Let me know in the comments!

69 thoughts on “Joining The Classics Club!

  1. Awesome! 🙂 I’m part of the Classics Club too. It was the first reading group I joined, I think, when I committed to blogging. I’ve since failed my goal (the deadline year has passed), but I’m still going with it.
    Some great books there. Native Son was a great read and still applicable to today’s problems and Quicksand too is good.

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  2. There are quite a few books that are on my TBR too. Like you, I can’t believe I managed to get out of school without having read 1984 even though I was supposed to. There aren’t too many on your list that I don’t like. I’m not a fan of Virginia Woolf, but I think that’s just writing style. Jane Eyre is definitely one of my all time favorites and it’s on a reading challenge of mine . Enjoy and good luck. I look forward to seeing your/hearing your progress.

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  3. What an interesting mix of books you’ve got on here! From different countries and periods, and including some modern classics. I have stalled with my classics reading after last year’s challenge to read one per month. It seems like new books always steal my attention.

    Of the ones you’ve listed, I intend to read The Master and Margarita soon, and I’m always hearing recommendations for The Enchanted April and Stella Gibbons. I have also always meant to read Flannery O’Connor and Wallace Stegner.

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    1. Thanks! I wanted to mix it up with time periods and countries, although it is rather heavy on Western Europe and America. Oh well, I’m pretty happy with it. Yes, new books steal my attention too, or at least books that have come out in the last few years! This will be a way to nudge me in the classics direction.

      I have read some Wallace Stegner and he’s amazing. Angle of Repose is so good!

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  4. Welcome to the club!
    Some of my favorites are here: The Woman in White, Great Expectations, The Count of Monte Christo.
    And I admire you for having the courage to have second read of Beloved! It was great, but I don’t think I would want to revisit it.

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  5. You have some of my favorite authors on there: Hurston, Baldwin Larsen, Wright, Jackson, O’Connor. If you’re interested, read Howard’s End by E.M. Forster and then read On Beauty by Zadie Smith, which is a retelling of Forster’s novel.

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  6. SO MANY! Crossing to Safety, Count of Monte Cristo! Quite a few of these are on my list and I still need to get to them. It’s good to have some short ones, too, which I see you have. GREAT LIST!

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  7. Oooo good luck! I’ve read Jane Eyre, which is one of my favorite books of all times – did you enjoy it the first time you read it? I’ve also read Fahrenheit 451 – which I liked, but didn’t love. I thought the concept was interesting, but the writing is very dry.

    I haven’t read 1984 either and would say out of all of these books it is at the top of my Classics TBR.

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  8. You have so many great books on this list (many that I also want to read sometime). And I’m so happy to see The Blue Castle on your list – I think you’ll love it!
    The others I have read are Jane Eyre (which I love), Great Expectations (too long ago to have an opinion), The Count of Monte Cristo (a fun adventure), and Anna Karenina (too long!).
    Have fun with this challenge!

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  9. Ooh, so glad you’ve joined up! And I’m incredibly excited to see The Gowk Storm on your list – hope you love it! I like that you’ve mixed it up with some massive heavyweights and also some lighter stuff, and of course every list should have some Dickens on it – great choices! I’ve read surprisingly few of these – only 15. So many books, so little time…

    Welcome to the club – hope you get as much fun out of it as I do! 😀

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  10. That accountability is helpful for me too! I have read 24 of your list and none of the ones you’ve included make me think “ugh”. I was warned that The Warden was dull (compared to his others) but I liked it quite a bit (although perhaps knowing that did adjust my expecations) and I have been warned to take time with The Master and the Margarita and allow for some craziness too. You already know that I would be excited to see all those Pyms on there, and I’m also excited to see The Blue Castle, which is almost painfully sentimental but I think you will appreciate it all the same. Another on your list that I really want to get it is the Dumas; I’ve heard good things, but it’s SUCH a commitment!

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  11. Omg. This is the challenge I need right here! I have been wanting to read more classics and it just never seems to happen. I think maybe joining this challenge will give me the motivation I need! Your list looks awesome and I hope you enjoy all the classics you’ll be reading!

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  12. What a great list. I’m so glad to meet some of the other classics club members. I must admit I’ve been so focused on writing reviews I haven’t spent the proper amount of time browsing, especially the classics club. I love seeing what others are reading and what’s motivated them to add some of the books to their list. Bradbury, Charlotte Brontë (I still have the other sisters on my list), Gaskell, Dickens, Collins are some of my favorite. I’m rereading The Woman in White and might just read a few more Collins books right a way.

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    1. Thanks for reading! I haven’t browsed the Classics Club members as I should have either. I just know the ones who are bloggers I already follow (Fiction Fan and Cleo are the ones who inspired me to join.) I will check out your blog and list!

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  13. That’s a great list. I have read the majority on your list, but some titles surprise me and I have not even heard of them. I definitely need to check out The Sweet Dove Died and Crossing to Safety. From all the books listed, my favourite is definitely Anna Karenina, but I also enjoyed 1984, My Cousin Rachel, The Woman in White and Invisible Man.


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