The Classics Club

The Classics Club was started in March of 2012 by Jillian (A Room of One’s Own). Being a follower of hers and other members on Twitter, I have seen several posts throughout the spring and summer months talking about The Classics Club, but I kept putting it off. It was inevitable, really, but I finally decided to join in on the fun.

As stated on The Classics Club’s About page, Jillian’s goal was to, “unite those of us who like to blog about classic literature, as well as to inspire people to make the classics an integral part of life.” I’ve been blogging for a little over two years, but I had yet to transition from a person who occasionally blogged to a “legit” book blogger. I needed something to get me moving with book blogging, and I also wanted to make blogging friends in the process. I’m a lover of classic literature, so this was the perfect solution.

The Classics Club has also started Monthly Meme where bloggers within the club answer a question each month on their own blog and can respond to other people’s posts as well. I will link each of my response posts below as Monthly Meme continues.

August, 2012: My Favorite Classic
September, 2012: My Favorite Review
October, 2012: Why I Read Classics

There are a total of 122 books on my list, meaning I should be reading and reviewing about two classics each month over the course of five years. Simple enough? Let’s hope so.

Start Date: August 3, 2012
End Date: August 3, 2017
Completed: 8

Pre-1700 (9)
Anonymous: The Epic of Gilgamesh
Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury Tales (Reread)
Dante: The Divine Comedy
Homer: The Iliad (Reread)
Homer: The Odyssey (Reread)
Machiavelli, Niccolo: The Prince
More, Thomas: Utopia
Shakespeare, William: Hamlet
Virgil: The Aeneid

1700s (3)
Paine, Thomas: Common Sense
Radcliffe, Ann: The Mysteries of Udolpho
Voltaire: Candide

1800s (46)
Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women
Austen, Jane: Emma  FINISHED 8/12/12
Austen, Jane: Lady Susan  FINISHED 8/16/12
Austen, Jane: Mansfield Park  FINISHED 8/23/12
Austen, Jane: Northanger Abbey  FINISHED 8/5/12
Austen, Jane: Persuasion  FINISHED 8/8/12
Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice (Reread) FINISHED 8/27/13
Austen, Jane: Sanditon  FINISHED 8/18/12
Austen, Jane: Sense and Sensibility (Reread)
Austen, Jane: The Watsons  FINISHED 8/17/12
Bronte, Anne: Agnes Grey
Bronte, Anne: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Bronte, Charlotte: Jane Eyre (Reread)
Bronte, Charlotte: Villette
Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights (Reread)
Carroll, Lewis: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Carroll, Lewis: Through the Looking-Glass
Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White
Dickens, Charles: A Tale of Two Cities
Dickens, Charles: Great Expectations
Dickens, Charles: Little Dorrit
Dickens, Charles: Nicholas Nickleby
Dickens, Charles: Our Mutual Friend
Dickens, Charles: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Idiot
Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment
Eliot, George: Middlemarch
Eliot, T.S.: The Waste Land
Flaubert, Gustave: Madame Bovary
Gaskell, Elizabeth: The Life of Charlotte Bronte
Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters
Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the d’Ubervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The House of Seven Gables
Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter
Hugo, Victor: Les Miserables
James, Henry: The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry: The Turn of the Screw
Scott, Sir Walter: Ivanhoe
Scott, Sir Walter: The Bride of Lammermoor
Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein
Stoker, Bram: Dracula
Thackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry David: Walden
Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
Tolstoy, Leo: War and Peace
Twain, Mark: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Reread)
Wilde, Oscar: The Importance of Being Earnest

1900s (59)
Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart
Barrie, J.M.: Peter Pan
Baum, L. Frank: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Bradbury, Ray: Fahrenheit 451
Burgess, Anthony: A Clockwork Orange
Burnett, Frances Hodgson: A Little Princess
Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden
Camus, Albert: The Stranger
Cather, Willa: Death Comes for the Archbishop
Cather, Willa: My Antonia
Ellison, Ralph: The Invisible Man
Faulkner, William: As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury
Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Tender is the Night
Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Beautiful and the Damned
Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby (Reread)
Fitzgerald, F. Scott: This Side of Paradise
Forster, E.M.: A Room With a View
Forster, E.M.: Howards End
Frank, Anne: The Diary of Anne Frank
Greene, Graham: The Power and Glory
Heller, Joseph: Catch-22
Hemingway, Ernest: A Farewell to Arms
Hemingway, Ernest: A Moveable Feast
Hemingway, Ernest: The Garden of Eden
Joyce, James: Dubliners
Joyce, James: Ulysses
Kafka, Franz: Metamorphosis
Kafka, Franz: The Trial
Kerouac, Jack: On the Road
Lawrence, D.H.: Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Lawrence, D.H.: Sons and Lovers
Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird (Reread)
Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: One Hundred Years of Solitude
Martel, Yann: Life of Pi
McCourt, Frank: Angela’s Ashes
Mitchell, Margaret: Gone With the Wind
Morrison, Toni: Beloved
Nabokov, Vladimir: Pale Fire
O’Connor, Flannery: A Good Man is Hard to Find
Orwell, George: 1984
Orwell, George: Animal Farm
Plath, Sylvia: The Bell Jar (Reread)
Proust, Marcel: Swann’s Way
Rand, Ayn: Atlas Shrugged
Rand, Ayn: The Fountainhead
Rushdie, Salman: Midnight’s Children
Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch
Stein, Gertrude: Three Lives
Steinbeck, John: East of Eden
Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath
Tan, Amy: The Joy Luck Club
Tolkien, J.R.R.: The Hobbit
Tolkien, J.R.R.: The Lord of the Rings
Vonnegut, Kurt: Slaughterhouse Five
Wharton, Edith: Ethan Frome
Wiesel, Elie: Night

2000s (3)
Atwood, Margaret: A Handmaid’s Tale
Foer, Jonathan Safran: Everything is Illuminated
Hosseini, Khaled: The Kite Runner


24 thoughts on “The Classics Club”

  1. This is definitely a very abitious thing to take on, especially given that it’s over the course of such a long period of time and you have plenty of opportunities to fall off the bandwagon. However, I think it’s great and out of anyone I know who could attempt this challenge, you are one of the view I think could finish it. Good luck to you and I hope to hear things about these stories in the future!

    • I know it’s a lot to take on over such a long period of time. I don’t know where I’ll be next year, let alone five years from now. I was going to do 50 books over two or three years, but I kept finding more books and before I knew it I had 120 books. Oops?

  2. Awesome list of books. Good luck with them all.

  3. Jillian ♣ said:

    What a great list, Jenna!! I’m excited to see Radcliffe. 😉 I’m really happy you joined. 😀

  4. Wow, this is such a great list. I love the variety of time periods and genres you have here. I can’t wait to read your reviews of all these awesome books. Good luck.

  5. That’s a pretty strong list you have there! All the best with completing all those classics. 🙂

    • Thank you! I can easily get distracted, so I’m sure I’ll need several pushes over the next five years. 😛

      • Ha ha! I understand. I know I’m going to need the push especially for some of the classics I’ve listed. I also think I’m going to be changing my list quite a bit….not sure as yet though…

      • Don’t worry, I just made my list on Thursday and I’ve already made about five changes to it. I refuse to go over the 120 books I have, so I’ve had to take some out to make room for others.

  6. That’s a HUGE list! All the best 🙂

  7. You have a great list. We have a some titles in common on our lists and you have some of my favorites on yours. I hope you enjoy going through your list.

  8. great list of books. did you read Canterbury Tales in the original??

  9. Dear Jenna. I have been nagging you for years (under various pen names: Jillian, Mabel, Marianne, and now Corinne) to please read Gone with the Wind. I’m hosting a very gentle and casual no-stress group read May 1 through August 1, 2015. I would feel ever so vindicated — I mean excited! — if you joined us! (No pressure at all. I’m just offering since it does seem to still be grievously lingering on your CC List, unloved, unwanted, and unnoticed.) xx Love, Jill-abel-rianne-inne.

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