Thursday, August 16, 2012

My Thoughts: The Classics Club Challenge

I came across  The Classics Club web site the other day. 

The premise is inspirational.  It is a challenge for book bloggers to read at least 50 classic books in the next five years and blog about them.  I'm up for the challenge and I think I will limit my list to 50:

  1. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  2. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  5. Stranger by Albert Camus
  6. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  7. Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
  8. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  9. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  10. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  11. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  12. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  13. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  14. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  15. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert
  16. Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
  17. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
  18. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  19. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  20. The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  21. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  22. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  23. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  24. Doll’s House by Henrick Ibsen
  25. Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  26. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  27. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  28. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  29. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  30. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  31. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  32. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  33. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  34. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  35. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  36. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  37. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  38. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  39. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  40. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  41. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
  42. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  43. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  44. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  45. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  46. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  47. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  48. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  49. The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  50. Nana by Emile Zola
Wow! That's a lot of reading. Most of these are new books for me (no judging!). If I have read it, it was so long age that I do not remember much.


  1. Zola is high on my list. I've never read him before! Welcome to the club!

  2. This is a really interesting list. I have read Wide Sargasso Sea and Treasure Island this year for the challenge, and really enjoyed both. Good luck!

  3. So many great titles! I'm going through a real Zola phase right now: I hope you love him :)

  4. Hi! Great list and I can recognise several from my own list. Happy reading!