Reading Challenge – Joining the Classics Club

While exploring other book blogs (Perpetual Page Turner, Bout of Books, and more), I came across The Classics Club.  The idea behind this group is very simple – to increase awareness and discussion of classics across the web. It appealed to me immediately because I have always loved the classics and intended to read many more (a Russian literature binge anyone?). So given my goal to increase my book blogging in 2015, I decided to join.

I’ve chosen 50 Classics that I want to read before December 31, 2019 (five years is the maximum length for this challenge and I’m going with that due to my other reading challenges). So here’s my list:

Count Title Author
1 The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
2 Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller
3 The Fountainhead Ayn Rand
4 Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
5 Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak
6 Dracula Bram Stoker
7 The Complete Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis
8 Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
9 Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
10 The Doll: The Lost Short Stories Daphne Du Maurier
11 The Raven Edgar Allen Poe
12 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte.
13 The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
14 The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
15 Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
16 The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevesky
17 The Phantom of Opera Gaston Leroux
18 1984 George Orwell
19 The Time Machine H.G. Wells
20 The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
21 The Thing on the Doorstep
and Other Weird Stories
H.P. Lovecraft
22 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
23 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
24 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
25 Cannery Row John Steinbeck
26 Catch-22 Joseph Heller
27 Twenty Thousand Leagues
Under the Sea
Jules Verne
28 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
29 The Death of Ivan Ilyich Leo Tolstoy
30 Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell
31 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
32 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
33 Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
34 A Hero of Our Time Mikhail Lermontov
35 The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
36 The Picture of Dorian Grey Oscar Wilde
37 An Ideal Husband Oscar Wilde
38 The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde
39 The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie
40 Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett
41 The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
42 The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
43 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
44 A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams
45 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Tennessee Williams
46 Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
47 Lolita Vladimi Nabokov
48 Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman
49 Hamlet William Shakespeare
50 The Tempest William Shakespeare

Just a few notes – I won’t necessarily be reading the titles in the order presented here, but when I do read a title I will be posting a review and making sure the review links back to the book listed here.  So this post will track my progress as the books listed slowly become hyperlinked to reviews. There are a few re-reads in my list (four to be exact – Leaves of Grass, To Kill a Mockingbird, Dracula, and The Count of Monte Cristo) because I love those books but have never written about them and I would like to.

If you want to become a member of the Classics Club too, check out their introduction and information on how to join. I’d love to talk about classic literature with more people!

2 thoughts on “Reading Challenge – Joining the Classics Club”

    1. I’ve read the unabridged before. It used to be my favorite novel ever, but its been so long since I’ve read it. It will be interesting to see how I feel about it several years later.

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