The Classics Club

I have pledged to read fifty classics over the next five years for the Classics Club. However I’ve been tinkering with this list over the past year as firstly I realised there was a lack of female authors present and secondly, with two years already gone and a second pregnancy and baby in that time, I haven’t the time or concentration required for some of the literary epics. So I am officially updating my list as of August 2017 of the fifty classics I pledge to read by June 2020, and I am sure I will get around to the others in due course.

  1. Othello, William Shakespeare
  2. The Tempest, William Shakespeare
  3. The Pursuit of Love, Nancy Mitford
  4. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  5. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  6. The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu
  7. Summer Will Show, Sylvia Townsend Warner
  8. Gigi, Colette
  9. Dubliners, James Joyce
  10. A Dedicated Man and Other Stories, Elizabeth Taylor
  11. South Riding, Winifred Holtby
  12. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
  13. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
  14. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
  15. The Code of the Woosters, P.G. Wodehouse
  16. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
  17. Goblin Market and Other Poems, Christina Rossetti
  18. A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
  19. To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  20. Women in Love, D.H.Lawrence
  21. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  22. Vanity Fair, William Thackeray
  23. The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford
  24. The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope
  25. Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain
  26. Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Coleridge
  27. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  28. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
  29. Don Quixote, Miguel De Cervantes
  30. Daniel Deronda, George Eliot
  31. The Bottle Factory Outing, Beryl Bainbridge
  32. Evalina, Fanny Burney
  33. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte
  34. The Birds and Other Stories, Daphne Du Maurier
  35. The Awakening, Kate Chopin
  36. The Driver’s Seat, Muriel Spark
  37. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
  38. My Antonia, Willa Cather
  39. My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin
  40. Villette, Charlotte Bronte
  41. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  42. Madame Bovary, Gustav Flaubert
  43. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemmingway
  44. The Talented Mr Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
  45. Selected Stories, Guy De Maupassant
  46. Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral
  47. The Story of an African Farm, Olive Shreiner
  48. Excellent Women, Barbara Pym
  49. The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe
  50. All Quiet on the Western Front, E.M. Remarque

And the ‘bumped’ books are:

  1. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
  2. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  3. The Magus, John Fowles
  4. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
  5. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  6. Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
  7. Hard Times, Charles Dickens
  8. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Victor Hugo
  9. The Count of Monte Christo, Alexandre Dumas
  10. Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott
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