The Classics Club

Challenge accepted! What exactly is that challenge? At lunch today I was reading one of my bookstagram buddy’s blog and discovered this classics book club/ challenge and thought count me in! But wait let me see what it’s all about and if I can manage this amongst my other bookish shenanigans.

So here’s the 411 on The Classics Club — I’ve linked it here and included an abbreviated version of what’s required to participate below.

  • Classics book club (of bloggers reading & discussing the classics)
  • Choose 50 + classics to read in five years (you choose the start & finish date)
  • Post the list on your blog
  • Email the moderators of The Classics Club
  • Write/review each book as you finish and link the review on your blog
  • Finished? Tell the Classics Club (moderators)

I realized right before I started this blog: I love classic books! Last year I challenged myself to read at least 10 (total was 17!! too bad I didn’t know about this classics club before now but I digress). So needless to say I’m drawn more to them and have made it my business to incorporate them into my reading regime. In my quest to keep reading them (and encourage others to do the same) I thought I would give The Classics Club a try!

Side note from me: challenge yourself to #readmoreclassics even if you don’t blog. Coming soon is a blog post for tips to not just read but enjoy the classics so when I finish I will link it here. If my classics reading is anything like last year, who knows, I might just add a few more titles to the list but I’ll see how it goes!

Here’s my list (January 2018 – January 2023)

  1. Emma by Jane Austen
  2. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  3. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  4. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  5. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  6. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  7. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
  8. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
  9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  10. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (reread)
  11. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  12. Armadale by Wilkie Collins
  13. The Lady and the Law by Wilkie Collins
  14. No Name by Wilkie Collins
  15. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (reread)
  16. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (reread)
  17. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  18. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  19. A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  20. The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas
  21. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  22. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  23. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  24. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  25. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  26. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines (reread)
  27. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest Gaines
  28. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  29. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  30. The Odd Women by George Gissing
  31. Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley
  32. Tess of the d’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
  33. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (reread)
  34. Quicksand by Nella Larsen
  35. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn (reread)
  36. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  37. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  38. Sula by Toni Morrison
  39. Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
  40. Excellent Women By Barbara Pym
  41. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  42. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  43. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  44. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  45. Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
  46. The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
  47. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  48. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  49. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  50. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

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29 thoughts on “The Classics Club

    1. Did you check out the link to get the details on the classics club? I would like to see what you come up with if you participate too. I haven’t read The Bell Jar but I’ve heard it’s a really good book! Plan to read that one this year.

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      1. I did! It sounds like a good motivator to power through all of them. I’m not sure if I even know that many classics off the top of my head that are on my list, but if I have enough after a quick Google search that interest me I may participate too 🙂

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  1. OH WELCOME! I wrote that Classics Club description — ha! I am long since not doing the behind-the-scenes at the club, but I wrote that snippet you quote above! So you see, I am quite invested in seeing people kick their lists. 🙂

    You’ve picked so many good titles! I really, really want to finish Moby-Dick. I keep starting it & hitting a wall, even though I love it. I’m not sure why: I’ve persevered through longer tomes. I guess it’s my white whale. 🙂 I look forward to your post on the classics.

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    1. Thank you! I’m very excited especially since I’m a classics kind of girl now! I was working on a post about tips on the classics and then found out about the classics club and so I’m motivated to share that soon. 🙂Moby Dick is a buddy read I’m doing over in IG (bookstagram) in May, I’ve heard it’s not an easy one to get through but a great book. I figured if I can read War and Peace I can read anything 😃

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  2. This is a cool post Shell! I have not picked up a classic in such a long time. I want to read Emma or North Ranger Abbey. Which one should I start with?

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! I was so shocked I just found out about it! I haven’t read Northanger (a buddy told me to read something else before that), currently reading Emma. I’m thoroughly entertained and can’t wait to see what happens, pick that one up!

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  3. Great list! I’m doing the same, but am following an examboard’s selection of novels. It’s filling in some gaps in my knowledge. Like that you’re reading Silas Marner – but no Mill on the Floss? Happy reading!

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    1. Thanks. That sounds like a great selection, I would like to see your list. I based my 50 on books I already owned at the time. I will definitely be reading more Eliot, Middlemarch was one of my favorite so far this year. 🙂


  4. I came across your blog while browsing the Classics Club’s Membership List so thought I’d pop in and say hi! I love your list – lots of lovely Austen and Dickens. I’ve read and enjoyed a few of your choices – Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Warden, all great. (We won’t talk about Moby Dick, though… 😉 ) Hope you’re enjoying being a member and I look forward to reading more of your reviews. 😀

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  5. EXCELLENT list! I’m so happy to see Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women – one of my all-time favorite books and authors. Their Eyes Were Watching God is also amazing. Love the Austen, of course. And I adore Middlemarch. I’m so glad to have found your blog through Fiction Fan!

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    1. Thank you so much. I’m planning to read Excellent Women this summer. I’ve only heard great things about it. Middlemarch, OMG, the book was amazing I could talk about that one at length, which is good and bad because I still haven’t finalized my review.

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