The Classics Club

Classics Club

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The Classics Club is a club created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books. There’s no time limit to join.You simply sign up to read and write on your blog about at least 50 classic books in at most five years.

The books on this list are all books I own, either physical books on the bookshelves or e-books on Kindle. I would like to think that I’ll read them within the next five years (that is by April 2018!!). April 2018 has been and gone and I didn’t read all 50 books, having read 26 books by that date. I’m carrying on … and extending the end date to 2020.

I like the fact that this doesn’t have to be a fixed list and I’ve altered it several times – this is my current list.

I’ve listed them in a-z author order. I’ve read the books shown in bold:

  1. Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon by Jane Austen – finished 24 August 2015
  2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – finished 29 June 2014
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (a re-read) – read in November 2014
  4. Greenmantle by John Buchan
  5. The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan – finished 21 February 2014
  6. He Who Whispers by John Dickson Carr – finished 18 August 2018
  7. My Antonia by Willa Cather – finished 26 September 2013
  8. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins – finished 30 September 2015
  9. Our Spoons Came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns –finished 23 June 2017
  10. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  11. The Riddle of the Third Mile by Colin Dexter
  12. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens – finished 29 June 2013
  13. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  14. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens – finished 30 December 2017
  15. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens – finished 10 October 2015
  16. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  17. Adam Bede by George Eliot – finished 18 September 2015
  18. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot – finished 21 April 2016
  19. Silas Marner by George Eliot – finished 29 November 2016
  20. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  21. Parade’s End by Ford Maddox Ford
  22. The Forsyte Saga (1) : The Man of Property by John Galsworthy
  23. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell – finished 26 April 2017
  24. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  25. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  26. South Riding by Winifred Holtby – finished 19 August 2017
  27. Appleby’s End by Michael Innes – finished 6 September 2018
  28. Washington Square by Henry James – finished 17 December 2013
  29. Three Man in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome – finished 9 December 2018
  30. The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling – finished 17 July 2016 
  31. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – finished 16 July 2013
  32. The Call of the Wild by Jack London – finished 10 December 2014
  33. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  34. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – finished 20 November 2013
  35. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  36. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L Sayers
  37. Cecile is Dead by Georges Simenon – finished 28 August 2018
  38. The Dancer at the Gai Moulin by Georges Simenon – finished 15 September 2018
  39. The Shadow Puppet by Georges Simenon
  40. The Saint- Fiacre Affair by Georges Simenon
  41. East of Eden by John Steinbeck – finished 22 September 2018
  42. The Grapes of Wrathby John Steinbeck – finished 18 June 2018
  43. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – finished 20 September 2015
  44. Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
  45. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
  46. Barchester Towers (Barsetshire Chronicles, #2) by Anthony Trollope – finished 22 February 2015
  47. Doctor Thorne (Barsetshire Chronicles, #3)by Anthony Trollope – finished 3 March 2016
  48. The Time Machine by H G Wells – finished 29 March 2014
  49. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton – finished 22 February 2014
  50. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf – finished 1 May 2016

One thought on “The Classics Club”

  1. Hi! I’m the person who founded The Classics Club forever ago, then slunk away because I was slightly overwhelmed by how many people joined, ha ha! I just wanted to say hello to you & cheer you on in your list! I’ve read a few of these titles, & have a few on my own TBR. Sending good thoughts! 🙂


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