The Classics Club

441I have been umming and ahhing about joining The Classics Club for a while now. Pretty much for the whole year i’ve had this blog. The umming was mostly about the fact that i read a lot of classics and older books anyway–i don’t need the motivation. The ahhing was mostly about the idea of being able to enjoy reading classics and not-new releases and, you know, good books with other people; the community aspect. As the fact that this post exists will attest, the ahhing won out.

Behold my list of 50 classic books. (Presented in alphabetical order, because the pedant inside me knows no other way.) I aim to read them all within the next five years, making my deadline January 2019.

1. A Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
2. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
3. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
4. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
5. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
6. Animal Farm – George Orwell
7. Around the World in 80 Days – Jules Verne
8. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
9. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
10. The Chrysalids – John Wyndham
11. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
12. The Complete Fables – Aesop
13. Complete Short Stories – Oscar Wilde
14. The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
15. Dracula – Bram Stoker
16. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
17. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
18. Frankenstien – Mary Shelley
19. Free Fall – William Golding
20. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
21. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
22. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
23. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
24. The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde
25. The Instrumentality of Mankind – Cordwainer Smith
26. Island – Aldous Huxley
27. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
28. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
29. The Lost Estate: Le Grand Meaulnes – Alain Fournier
30. The Lost World – Arthur Conan Doyle
31. Nine Stories – J.D. Salinger
32. The Odyssey – Homer
33. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
34. Pincher Martin – William Golding
35. The Pickwick Papers – Charles Dickens
36. Plan for Chaos – John Wyndham
37. The Pyramid – William Golding
38. The Secret People – John Wyndham
39. The Sign of Four – Arthur Conan Doyle
40. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
41. The Stand – Stephen King
42. Stowaway to Mars – John Wyndham
43. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde –ย Robert Louis Stevenson
44. To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee
45. The Trouble with Lichen – John Wyndham
46. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
47. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
48. Utopia – Thomas More
49. Wanders of Time – John Wyndham
50. What Dreams May Come – Richard Matheson

BONUS BOOK: Alone Against Tomorrow: Stories of Alienation in Speculative Fiction – Harlan Ellison
(This is bonus because the book is no longer in print and is hard to get a hold of. If i manage to find a copy, i will be reading it!)

Yes, there are a lot of John Wyndham and William Golding books in this list. I make no apologies for that.

This list will be updated with links to reviews of the books, but you will also always find a complete list of all the books i review at my A to Z


5 Responses to The Classics Club

  1. I Capture the Castle is wonderful!

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  3. A Lady says:

    I posted my club list for the community aspect too: I also donโ€™t really need motivation, but I feel left out of I donโ€™t have a list, ha ha. The Lost World made me laugh when I read it. Believe it or not. I really enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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