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: 11/50

My List of 50 Classics

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