The Classics Club

"When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before."
 ― Cliff Fadiman

 Graduating from college brings with it many perks like qualifying for new jobs, and that lovely piece of paper that says I am now a graduate, but it also lets me choose how to spend my time. In this case, I'm sick of reading what my classes require and desperate to read what I want! The Classics Club offers the perfect opportunity catch up on all those classics that I've wanted to read for 6 years. Yes, I've been in college for 6 years and it's time to do something for me.

The way this club works, I choose my own reading list of classics, and my own time frame in which I will read them, up to 5 years. In this case, I'm going to read 55 classics from January 1st, 2014 through January 1st, 2019.

So, if you have the time and the inclination, you could join me. Or just enjoy reading my thoughts on these delicious classics. Who knows, there might even be one or two that I don't like.

Anyway, on to the list!

Carissa's Classics Reading List

  1. Homer: The Odyssey (8th century B.C.)
  2. Homer: The Iliad (8th century B.C.)
  3. Shikibu, Murasaki: The Tale of Genji (11th century) 
  4. Mallory, Sir Thomas: Le Morte d'Arthur (1470)
  5. Bunyan, John: The Pilgrim's Progress (1678) 
  6. Austen, Jane: Emma (1815)
  7. Dumas, Alexandre: The Count of Monte Cristo (1844)
  8. Bronte, Charlotte: Jane Eyre (1847)
  9. Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights (1847)
  10. Dumas, Alexandre: The Man in the Iron Mask (1850) 
  11. Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter (1850)*
  12. Melville, Herman: Moby Dick (1851)
  13. Dickens, Charles: Bleak House (1853) 
  14. Bronte, Charlotte: Villette (1853)
  15. Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South (1855)
  16. Dickens, Charles: Little Dorrit (1857)
  17. Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White (1859)
  18. Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women (1868)
  19. Trollope, Anthony: Phineas Finn (1869) 
  20. Blackmore, Richard Doddridge: Lorna Doone (1869)
  21. Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)*
  22. James, Henry: The Portrait of a Lady (1881)
  23. Pyle, Howard: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (1883)* 
  24. Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)*
  25. Stevenson, Robert Louis: The Black Arrow (1888) 
  26. Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)* 
  27. Wells, H. G.:The Time Machine (1895) 
  28. Stoker, Bram: Dracula (1897)
  29. Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness (1899)
  30. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Making of a Marchioness (1901)
  31. James, Henry: The Wings of the Dove (1902) 
  32. Orczy, Baroness: The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)*
  33. Wharton, Edith: The House of Mirth (1905)
  34. Montgomery, L.M.: Anne of Green Gables (1908)*
  35. Leroux, Gaston: The Phantom of the Opera (1909) 
  36. Wharton, Edith: The Age of Innocence (1920) 
  37. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Beautiful and Damned (1922)
  38. Cather, Willa: Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) 
  39. Remarque, Erich Maria: All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)
  40. Woolf, Virginia: A Room of One’s Own (1929)
  41. Burroughs, Edgar Rice: Fighting Man of Mars (1931) 
  42. West, Nathanael: Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) 
  43. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Tender is the Night (1934)
  44. Mitchell, Margaret: Gone with the Wind (1936) 
  45. Du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca (1938)
  46. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Love of the Last Tycoon (1941)
  47. Lewis, C.S.: The Screwtape Letters (1942)
  48. Waugh, Evelyn: Brideshead Revisited (1945)* 
  49. Smith, Dodie: I Capture the Castle (1948)
  50. Orwell, George: 1984 (1949)
  51. Salinger, J.D.: The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
  52. Bradbury, Ray: Fahrenheit 451 (1953)*
  53. Lewis: C. S.: Till We have Faces (1956)*
  54. White, T.H.: The Once and Future King (1958)
  55. Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)*
  56. Bradbury, Ray: Something Wicked this Way Comes (1962)

* Indicates a re-read.


    1. I'm incredibly excited to see Gone with the Wind on your list! That's my very favorite book -- ever. Also, those Charlotte Bronte books! Villette & Jane Eyre! You're in for a treat! And Little Women. I draw a heart around its face. :)

      1. I figured I should challenge myself. I never did make it through Jane Eyre the first time I tried it so I'm hopeful this time. And I read half of Little Women when I was a teen, which was awhile back so I'm determined to finish it now. We'll see how I do!

    2. Oohh, love your list! I may have to join in as I love to re-read classics. I have read most of them but I always try to re-read - I had War and Peace to start soon, but I may change and start at the top of your list. Are you going to pick and choose, or start at the top?

      1. I'm so far behind on reading these that it's sad! Right now I'm trying to read Lorna Doone but that's not going so well. It has its moments and then it doesn't. But if you'd ever like to read one of the books together, maybe we could plan to do that? If you're interested, of course. :)

    3. OK now I see that there is a Classics Club blog - going over to join!

      1. Oh yes, you must visit the blog! It's a fun project and the participants are so numerous now compared to when it started! The blog has questions and memes sometimes for the readers, to get them discussing and sharing, all sorts of fun stuff.


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