The Classics Club


Reading the classics has always been a joy for me. So I am very happy to finally become a member of The Classics Club!

My list is a mix of novels, short stories, and poetry, a combination of adult and children’s literature. Many of these books are already on my bookshelves or on my Kindle. I will also add to this list occasionally as I find other classics I’d really like to read for this challenge. Those books will be added as alternates. My goal for completing my reading of 50 books is March 2022!  That sounds so far away, but I know that five years goes by in a flash. What pleasurable reading years they will be!

  1. Rose in Bloom, Louisa May Alcott
  2. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  3. Death Comes For the Archbishop, Willa Cather (read in 2018)
  4. The Secret Agent, Joseph Conrad (read in 2018)
  5. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  6. The Railway Children, Edith Nesbitt (read in 2017)
  7. Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther
  8. Neuromancer, William Gibson
  9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  10. A River Runs Through It, Norman McClean
  11. Arabian Nights and Days, Naguib Mahfouz
  12. Persuasion, Jane Austen (read in 2017)
  13. The Rainbow and the Rose, Nevil Shute (read in 2017)
  14. Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne (read 2017)
  15. Night, Elie Wiesel
  16. The Solitary Summer, Elizabeth von Arnim
  17.  A Very Easy Death, Simone de Beauvoir (read in 2018)
  18. The Book of Tea, Kazuko Okakura
  19. A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
  20. Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
  21. The Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne Jewett
  22. Death in the Castle, Pearl S. Buck (read in 2018)
  23. Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  24. This Star Shall Abide, Sylvia Engdahl
  25. The Story of an African Farm, Olive Schreiner
  26. The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley (read in 2018)
  27. A Room With a View, E.M. Forster
  28. The Moorland Cottage, Elizabeth Gaskell (read in 2017)
  29. A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
  30. Kokoro, Natsume Soseki
  31. My Several Worlds, Pearl S. Buck
  32. Ask Me, William Stafford
  33. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Kate Douglas Wiggin (read in August 2018)
  34. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
  35. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  36. The Spectator Bird, Wallace Stegner (read in March 2017)
  37. Travels With My Aunt, Graham Greene
  38. The Ramayana, Bulbul Sharma
  39. Kindred, Octavia Butler (read in 2018)
  40. The Sussex Downs Murder, John Bude (read in 2018)
  41. The Lost Prince, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  42. Dust Tracks on a Road, Zora Neale Hurston
  43. The Unicorn and Other Poems, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (read in 2017)
  44. Excellent Women, Barbara Pym
  45. Crooked House, Agatha Christie (read in 2017)
  46. Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson (read in 2017)
  47. Two on a Tower, Thomas Hardy
  48. The Gaucho Martin Fierro, José Hernández
  49. Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden, Eleanor Perenyi
  50. The Measure of My Days, Florida Scott-Maxwell

Alternates:

  1. Marcovaldo, or The Seasons in the CIty, Italo Calvino (read in 2018)
  2. Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway
  3. The Sea Runners, Ivan Doig
  4. The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman (read in 2018)
  5. The Outermost House, Henry Beston
  6. The Door in the Wall, Marguerite de Angeli (read in 2018)
  7. Kristin Lavransdatter, Sigrid Undset
  8. Sons, Pearl S. Buck
  9. A House Divided, Pearl S. Buck

15 thoughts on “The Classics Club

    1. Robin Post author

      Thank you, Weebitsofhappy! I know I’ll enjoy reading these books. And it’s only time, after all.😊 By the way, I linked over to your new blog and it’s really nice. I love the idea of it and I plan to be a frequent visitor.

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  1. fandakutubuku

    Hi Robin, welcome on board! I’m also a Classics-Clubbers since 5 years ago. I have just finished my challenge several days ago, and am now beginning my 2nd round. It’s always nice to meet more classics-lovers 🙂

    Impressive list you have there… many of them I haven’t heard.
    The Ramayana is very interesting. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The House of Mirth, and Crooked House are among my favorites. I think there will be a new adaptation of Crooked House coming out soon, starring Gillian Anderson. That made me wanting to reread it…

    Anyway, good luck with the challenge! I’m adding you to my blogroll 🙂

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    1. Robin Post author

      Fanda Kutubuku, congratulations on finishing your first 5 years worth of classics and starting on your second round! That’s quite an achievement and inspires me as I get started on my first round. And thank you for adding me to your blogroll.

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  2. Kay

    I’m not a big classics reader, but wish you luck in your challenge. I know that many participate in this one. You’ve got a few of my favorites on your list. ROSE IN BLOOM, PERSUASION, A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, CROOKED HOUSE – love all those.

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  3. Robin Post author

    Kristen, it took me 5 years to decide to finally do it. It seemed like a huge commitment back then, but I’m glad I’ve finally decided to just do it. I know I will enjoy it.

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  4. Jillian

    This is an amazing list. I find your choices really exciting and different. Silent Spring! Rose in Bloom! Can’t wait to see your thoughts on these books. Very best wishes. 🙂

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thank you, Jillian! I put together a list of books I’ve always wanted to read but just haven’t done so yet (and included a couple of treasures to reread), so I am really enjoying my classics reading!

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  5. TJ @ MyBookStrings

    You have some wonderful books on this list, and two of my favorite authors, Willa Cather and Edith Wharton. I just completed by 46th book, but of course my list has grown from 51 to 88. 🙂 Have fun reading!

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  6. FictionFan

    I’m just popping through from the Classics Club Membership List to say hi! I joined the CC a couple of years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. Your list looks great – a nice mix of well known and lesser known classics, and I like that you’ve included a bit of classic crime fiction in there. Looking forward to reading more of your reviews! 😀

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  7. booksbythecup

    I’m a newbie here in the CC and am trying to pop in and visit some of the members blogs to check out their list and read some of their reviews. I see you’ve read Persuasion (it’s my favorite Austen to date although I have a few left to read) and Jane Eyre is also one I really enjoyed. I have a few of these on my list too, Excellent Women which I probably will read next month, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I’m going to look up Kinfolk by Pearl Saturday Buck; I recently read The Good Earth for the 3rd time and decided I need to read something else by her. Thanks for sharing The Book of Tea (I’m a tea lover and will look that up now too)

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