The Reading List // Classics Club Challenge

The reading ListHi, everyone! Today’s post is a very special TBR list, as I have decided to join the Classics Club Reading Challenge! You can read more about the specifics of this challenge here, but basically it means that you make a list of classics you’d like to read by a certain date. Each time you read a classic on your list you have to write about it and then link the review back to your original list.

classicsclub logoI have chosen to set a date of five years for this challenge, meaning that I hope to read all of these classics by September 2020. (Aside: how is 2020 already in five years??? My mind is eternally stuck in 2008, I swear!) I’m not going to stress about finishing this list or anything; I’d rather use this a way to see how many classics I read. I’d love to read more of them, hence my participation in this challenge!

In no particular order, here are the fifty classics I have chosen!

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  5. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  6. Emma by Jane Austen
  7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  8. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  9. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  10. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  11. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  12. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  13. Stranger by Albert Camus
  14. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  15. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  16. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  17. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  18. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  19. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  20. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  21. The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  22. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  23. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  24. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  25. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  26. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  27. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  28. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  29. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  30. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  31. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  32. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  33. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  34. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  35. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  36. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  37. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
  38. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  39. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  40. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  41. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  42. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  43. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  44. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  45. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  46. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  47. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  48. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  49. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  50. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

I anticipate changing these titles a bit as I progress with this challenge, mostly because I’ll be discovering which authors I like and dislike, wanting to explore new themes and time periods, and my reading tastes will probably change with time. However, I think these classics are a good place to start!

I’ll be doing updates every few months on the progress I’m making with this challenge, but if you want to stay up to date more regularly I’ll also make this list its own page at the top of this blog. You can click on the Classics Club Challenge tab to see my list, the changes I’ve made to it, and links to reviews of all the books.

Have you read any of these classics? Which ones should I start with? Are there ones I should add or replace with different ones? Let me know in the comments section below!


6 responses to “The Reading List // Classics Club Challenge”

  1. I’ve only read 5 of those books (Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Of Mice and Men, Twelfth Night & A Midsummer Night’s Dream). When it comes to Shakespeare, I actually quite like his comedies and Much Ado About Nothing which is not on the list.
    Persuasion is my favourite Austen story, even though I haven’t read them all, I have seen a ton of the adaptations hahaha
    Have fun reading!


  2. I need to read more Charles Dickens, I love his work so much but I haven’t read a lot of them…


  3. Oooh you’ve chosen a lot of really good ones! I’ve been meaning to get to more Austen and I really want to read The Invisible Man


  4. I’ve only read Pride and Prejudice and I really enjoyed it! There are a lot of books on this list I want to read as well. Hope you get to read and enjoy them all! 🙂


  5. I’ve read 20 from your list and loved them (except The Old Man and the Sea – I’m not a Hemingway fan). 🙂


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