Classics Club Book List

So, after years of seeing the lists, the spins, the challenges, and the memes, I am finally joining the Classics Club! This is pretty big for me as I’ve had some bad experiences with booklists/challenges and vowed never to get myself into one again, but never say never, I guess.

I actually feel good about the way the Classics Club works because the minimum is a pretty doable 50 classics in 5 years and though you start with a set list of which books you would like to read during that period, the list is mutable, allowing for it to grow or even to swap out books you no longer want to read and put new ones you’re interested in onto the list in their place.

This is perfect for me because I never want to get locked into a commitment I can’t keep, or feel obligated to continue to slog through a book that no longer interests me, sapping all the joy out of reading. We’re here for a good time.

My list includes novels, novellas, verse, poetry, plays, and short story collections, as well as some non-fiction essay and treatise type works. Also, I am including some re-reads as identified in the list.

So, without further ado, following is my list for entry into the Classics Club, looking at a projected completion date of September 1, 2027 for simplicity.


  1. The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood
  2. Love in a Time of Cholera (1985) by Gabriel García Márquez
  3. The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) by Ursula K. Le Guin
  4. The Flight of the Falcon (1965) by Daphne du Maurier
  5. Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert
  6. The Stone Angel (1964) by Margaret Lawrence
  7. Till We Have Faces (1956) by C.S. Lewis§
  8. To Kill A Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee (re-read)
  9. On the Road (1957) by Jack Kerouac
  10. Fahrenheit 451 (1953) by Ray Bradbury
  11. The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J.D. Salinger
  12. House of Earth (1947) by Woody Guthrie
  13. The Green Years (1944) by A.J. Cronin
  14. Vile Bodies (1930) by Evelyn Waugh
  15. Madame Bovary (1856) by Gustave Flaubert*
  16. Steppenwolf (1929) by Herman Hesse
  17. The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1922) by Baroness Emma Orczy
  18. Indiana (1832) by George Sand
  19. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) by Agatha Christie
  20. This Side of Paradise (1920) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  21. Glenarvon (1816) by Lady Caroline Lamb
  22. A Lady of Quality (1896) by Frances Hodgson Burnett†
  23. The House of Mirth (1905) by Edith Wharton
  24. The War of the Worlds (1898) by H.G. Wells
  25. The History of Emily Montague (1769) by Frances Brooke
  26. The Idiot (1869) by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  27. Our Mutual Friend (1865) by Charles Dickens
  28. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne
  29. The Marble Faun (1860) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  30. The Quaker City: The Monks of Monk Hall (1845) by George Lippard¶
  31. Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) by Harriet Beecher Stowe (re-read)
  32. Moby Dick (1851) by Herman Melville
  33. Barnaby Rudge (1841) by Charles Dickens
  34. Don Quixote (1605-1615) by Miguel de Cervantes

Novellas and Short Story Collections

  1. The Metamorphosis (1915) by Franz Kafka
  2. The Dubliners (1914) by James Joyce
  3. Ethan Frome (1911) by Edith Wharton
  4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892-93), also published as The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894), by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (re-read)
  5. The Gambler (1887) by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Poetry, Verse, and Plays

  1. The Waste Land (1922) by T.S. Eliot
  2. Pygmalion (1913) by George Bernard Shaw
  3. Leaves of Grass (1855) by Walt Whitman
  4. Paradise Lost (1667) by John Milton
  5. The Canterbury Tales (c. 1400) by Geoffrey Chaucer
  6. Beowulf, Unknown
  7. The Aeneid by Virgil
  8. The Iliad by Homer

Essays and Treatises

  1. The Communist Manifesto (1848) by Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx
  2. The Prince (1532) by Niccolò Machiavelli
  3. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

*ed. October 22, 2022, replaced The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

†ed. October 22, 2022, replaced Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

‡ed. February 4, 2023, replaced Middlemarch by George Eliot

¶ed. March 30, 2023, replaced Hard Times by Charles Dickens

§ed. March 30, 2023, replaced Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

15 thoughts on “Classics Club Book List”

    1. I’m looking forward to reading Dune, but also a little apprehensive, not having had the best experiences with sci-fi books recently. Good for you reading the series! I don’t have any plans to read more of them, but if I like the first one, who knows?


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