The Classics Club

Fifty in Five Years

CLASSICS CLUBThe Classics Club was created in 2012 to inspire bloggers to read and write about classic books and has since become a well-established community of serious readers. I had been shilly-shallying over joining for some time but, after watching a succession of blog buddies take part, could resist no longer.

I was surprised and rather pleased to discover works by one of my favourite authors, Margaret Atwood on the Big Book List. However, I have included both modern classics and old favourites on my list, reflecting my diverse taste in books. In fact, I’ve gone for a real mishmash of titles in a variety of genres – a couple are rereads (also half-reads), but the majority are fresh off my TBR list.

What Constitutes a Classic?

In this instance, I will go with the official Club definition of ‘classic’:

For the purposes of your project list, it’s your choice, really. Modern classics, ancient classics, Eastern canon, Western canon, Persephone, Virago, African literature, children’s classics… You make your own goal, and you decide what is “a classic.

The Rules Made Simple

  • Choose a minimum of 50 classics.
  • Create a post in which to list them on your blog.
  • Choose a completion date (up to 5 years hence) and note the date on your list.
  • E-mail the Club moderator with the link to your list.
  • Write a post on each title as you finish reading and create a link from your list.
  • When you’ve written about every single title on your list, let the moderators know.

Start Date: 1st August 2018
End Date: 1st August 2023

Running Total: 15/50

My List of 50 Classics

  1. Allatini, Rose: Despised and Rejected
  2. Atwood, Margaret: Alias Grace 
  3. Bach, Richard: Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  4. Baldwin, James: Giovanni’s Room
  5. Barnes, Djuna: Nightwood
  6. Beerbohm, Max: Zuleika Dobson
  7. Borges, Jorge Luis: Ficciones ✓
  8. Bradbury, Ray: Fahrenheit 451
  9. Brontë, Emily: Wuthering Heights
  10. Bulgakov, Mikhail: The Master and Margarita
  11. Calvino, Italo: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller
  12. Capote, Truman: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  13. Capote, Truman: In Cold Blood
  14. Colette: Chéri
  15. Conan Doyle, Arthur: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  16. Dahl, Roald: Matilda 
  17. Davies, W.H.: Autobiography of a Super-Tramp
  18. Dinesen, Isak: Out of Africa
  19. Drabble, Margaret: The Millstone
  20. Du Maurier, Daphne: My Cousin Rachel
  21. Fallada, Hans: The Drinker
  22. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby
  23. Gautier, Théophile: Mademoiselle de Maupin
  24. Gibbons, Stella: Cold Comfort Farm
  25. Gide, André: The Immoralist
  26. Gissing, George: New Grub Street
  27. Grahame, Kenneth: The Wind in the Willows
  28. Greene, Graham: Brighton Rock
  29. Hemingway, Ernest: The Old Man and the Sea
  30. Henry, O.: The Gift of the Magi
  31. Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World
  32. Jackson, Shirley: The Haunting of Hill House ✓
  33. Jackson, Shirley: We Have Always Lived in the Castle
  34. Jerome, K. Jerome: Three Men in a Boat
  35. Kafka, Franz: The Trial
  36. Lee, Laurie: Cider with Rosie
  37. Lindgren, Astrid: Pippi Longstocking
  38. Mansfield, Katherine: The Garden Party & Other Stories
  39. Miller, Arthur: The Crucible
  40. Plath, Sylvia: The Bell Jar
  41. Prichard, Caradog: One Moonlit Night
  42. Sackville-West, Vita: No Signposts in the Sea
  43. Smith, Dodie: I Capture the Castle
  44. Stevenson, Robert Louis: Treasure Island
  45. Tolstoy, Leo: The Death of Ivan Ilyich
  46. Townsend Warner, Sylvia: Lolly Willowes
  47. Wells, H.G.: The Invisible Man
  48. West, Rebecca: The Return of the Soldier
  49. Wiesel, Elie: Night
  50. Williams, John: Stoner

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