Classics Club Reading List

classics clubI’ve been flirting with the idea of joining the Classics Club for some time now, and I think it’s finally time. Following is the list of 50 books I plan to have read by May 31, 2020. The ordering is taken from the list of the 100 best novels written in English, as chosen by Robert McCrum for the Guardian. (Since this list is currently a work in progress, I have listed just the first 50. And by the time I get through all of these, Lord willing, I will be ready for the last 50.) Several of the books on the list are actually re-reads but since it has been some time since I read them, I think they will count. And I think it’s just as important to re-read great books as it is to read them the first time.

So without further ado, THE LIST:

  1. The Pilgrim’s Progress — John Bunyan
  2. Robinson Crusoe — Daniel Defoe
  3. Gulliver’s Travels — Jonathan Swift
  4. Clarissa — Samuel Richardson
  5. Tom Jones — Henry Fielding
  6. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy — Laurence Sterne
  7. Emma — Jane Austen
  8. Frankenstein — Mary Shelley
  9. Nightmare Abbey — Thomas Love Peacock
  10. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket — Edgar Allan Poe
  11. Sybil — Benjamin Disraeli
  12. Jane Eyre — Charlotte Bronte
  13. Wuthering Heights — Emily Bronte
  14. Vanity Fair — William Thackeray
  15. David Copperfield — Charles Dickens
  16. The Scarlet Letter — Nathaniel Hawthorne
  17. Moby-Dick — Herman Melville
  18. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — Lewis Carroll
  19. The Moonstone — Wilkie Collins
  20. Little Women — Louisa May Alcott
  21. Middlemarch — George Eliot
  22. The Way We Live Now — Anthony Trollope
  23. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — Mark Twain
  24. Kidnapped — Robert Louis Stevenson
  25. Three Men in a Boat — Jerome K. Jerome
  26. The Sign of Four — Arthur Conan Doyle
  27. The Picture of Dorian Gray — Oscar Wilde
  28. New Grub Street — George Gissing
  29. Jude the Obscure — Thomas Hardy
  30. The Red Badge of Courage — Stephen Crane
  31. Dracula — Bram Stoker
  32. Heart of Darkness — Joseph Conrad
  33. Sister Carrie — Theodore Dreiser
  34. Kim — Rudyard Kipling
  35. The Call of the Wild — Jack London
  36. The Golden Bowl — Henry James
  37. Hadrian the Seventh — Frederick Rolfe
  38. The Wind in the Willows — Kenneth Grahame
  39. The History of Mr. Polly — H.G. Wells
  40. Zuleika Dobson — Max Beerbohm
  41. The Good Soldier — Ford Madox Ford
  42. The Thirty-Nine Steps — John Buchan
  43. The Rainbow — D.H. Lawrence
  44. Of Human Bondage — W. Somerset Maugham
  45. The Age of Innocence — Edith Wharton
  46. Ulysses — James Joyce
  47. Babbitt — Sinclair Lewis
  48. A Passage to India — E.M. Forster
  49. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes — Anita Loos
  50. Mrs. Dalloway — Virginia Woolf
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