The Classics Club Challenge - 50 Classics in 5 Years

Raquel StecherAbout Me
Blogger at Quelle Books, Book Industry Professional. Please add my to your circles.

The Classics Club is an event/challenge hosted by Jill of the book blog A Room of One's Own [Update: Jill took down her blog and The Classics Club is now handled by other people]. I loved reading the classics as a teen and in college but as an adult I haven't devoted as much time to catching up with my personal library of unread classics as well as exploring some new-to-me classics and re-discovering some old favorites. Jill's challenge is to read 50+ classics within the next 5 years. I thought that was a doable goal so I decided to jump on board.

Below are my 50 classics. Most of them I haven't read but I threw in a few of my very favorite classics that I want to re-read. I left some slots open just in case I discover any classics that I hadn't thought of before.

I'll be updating this list with links to my reviews. Are there any classics not on this list that you think I should read?

1) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
2) I, Claudius by Robert Graves
3) The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
4) The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe
5) The Monk by Matthew Lewis
6) Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy (re-read)
7) Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (re-read)
8) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
9) Les Miserables by Hugo Victor
10) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
11) Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
12) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
13) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
14) The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
15) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
16) Don Quixote by Cervantes
17) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
18) Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
19) The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson
20) The Book of Sand by Jorge Luis Borges
21) Flatland by Edwin Abbott
22) The Warden by Anthony Trollope
23) Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (re-read)
24) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
25) The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
26) The Golden Bowl by Jenry James
27) Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
28) The Decameron by Giovanni Boccacio
29) Summer by Edith Wharton
30) The Mabinogion by Anonymous
31) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
32) The American by Henry James
33) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
34) Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
35) The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
36) The Republic by Plato
37) Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
38) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
39) North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
40) Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (re-read)
41) The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire
42) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
43) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
44) The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
45) Like Water For Chocolate/Como Agua Para Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
46) House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
47) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Expurey
48) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
49) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
50) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


  1. So many great choices, Raquel! Thanks so much for joining, and have fun! :D

  2. Love your list :) Welcome to Blogland, while I'm here! :)

  3. Thank you Jillian for starting this wonderful challenge and for the support.

    Thank you O!

  4. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on these great books! House on Mango Street was a favorite of mine in high school (which was a rare thing), so I'll be interested to hear what you think. Yay! for your new blog!


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