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 or change 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!

Progress = 36/50

  1. Rose in Bloom, Louisa May Alcott
  2. Barchester Towers, Anthony Trollope
  3. Death Comes For the Archbishop, Willa Cather
  4. The Secret Agent, Joseph Conrad
  5. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  6. The Railway Children, Edith Nesbitt
  7. Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
  8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  9. A River Runs Through It, Norman McClean
  10. Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie
  11. Persuasion, Jane Austen
  12. The Rainbow and the Rose, Nevil Shute
  13. Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne
  14. Night, Elie Wiesel
  15. The Solitary Summer, Elizabeth von Arnim
  16.  A Very Easy Death, Simone de Beauvoir
  17. The Book of Tea, Kazuko Okakura
  18. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
  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
  23. Pollyanna, Eleanor H. Porter
  24. This Star Shall Abide, Sylvia Engdahl
  25. The Story of an African Farm, Olive Schreiner
  26. The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley
  27. A Tiger For Malgudi, R. K. Narayan
  28. The Moorland Cottage, Elizabeth Gaskell
  29. A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
  30. Kokoro, Natsume Soseki
  31. The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  32. Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
  33. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Kate Douglas Wiggin
  34. The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende
  35. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  36. The Spectator Bird, Wallace Stegner
  37. Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell
  38. The Ramayana, Bulbul Sharma
  39. Kindred, Octavia Butler
  40. The Sussex Downs Murder, John Bude
  41. The Lost Prince, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  42. Barracoon, Zora Neale Hurston
  43. The Unicorn and Other Poems, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  44. Excellent Women, Barbara Pym
  45. Crooked House, Agatha Christie
  46. Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson
  47. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred D. Taylor
  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
  2. Cider With Rosie, Laurie Lee
  3. The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman
  4. The Outermost House, Henry Beston
  5. The Door in the Wall, Marguerite de Angeli
  6. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
  7. Sons, Pearl S. Buck
  8. A House Divided, Pearl S. Buck
  9. The Red Pony, John Steinbeck
  10. Kew Gardens, Virginia Woolf
  11. One Day At Teton Marsh, Sally Carraghar
  12. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

18 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. 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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  6. 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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  7. Elena

    What a great list! You have made wonderful progress so far. Do you have any favorites from the ones you have read off your list?
    I read and loved: Middlemarch, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Persuasion, Heidi, Jane Eyre
    I have these classics on my list too: Around the World in Eighty Days, Excellent Women, Rebeca of Sunnybrook Farm.

    Here is my Classics Club list, if interested! https://elle-alice.blogspot.com/2020/07/the-classics-club-55-classics-in-5.html

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thanks, Elena! I took a peek at your list and love it! Lots of favorites and lots that I would love to read, too! Good luck and enjoy your reading!

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