Reading the Classics: To Do List

I recently discovered the beauty of The Classics Club, a project bringing bookworms together to conquer their classics to do list, one spin at a time! The overall premise of the group is to encourage a rediscovery of the classics through reading and discussion. For my list, I’ll be including a mix of titles, from classics I feel obligated to read to intimidating classics to those I’m excited to read but just haven’t gotten to yet. The best part about the group is the understanding our reading lists are “living lists”, meaning they can be altered at any time. I absolutely love the freedom this allows – I just know I’ll be finding new titles to add or might take some away as my tastes change, and even my goals for the challenge may change. Our reading takes on a life of its own, and so should our TBR lists!

The Classics (in no particular order):

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (Reread)
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Reread)
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Reread)
  4. Emma by Jane Austen
  5. 1984 by George Orwell
  6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  7. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Reread)
  8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  9. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  10. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Reread)
  11. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Reread)
  12. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  13. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  14. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  16. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  17. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (Reread)
  18. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  19. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  20. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Reread)
  21. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  22. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  23. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  24. A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  25. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  27. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  28. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
  29. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  30. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  31. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  32. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Burns
  33. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  34. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  35. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  36. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  37. The Pathfinder by James Fenimore Cooper
  38. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (Reread)
  39. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  40. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  41. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  42. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevesky
  43. The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  44. The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas
  45. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
  46. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas
  47. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas (Reread)
  48. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  49. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  50. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  51. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  52. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert
  53. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  54. Faust by Johann Goethe
  55. King Solomon’s Mines by Henry Rider Haggard
  56. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  57. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  58. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  59. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  60. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  61. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  62. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
  63. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  64. A Separate Peace by John Knowles (Reread)
  65. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  66. The Call of the Wild by Jack London (Reread)
  67. White Fang by Jack London (Reread)
  68. Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
  69. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Marquez
  70. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marquez
  71. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  72. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  73. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Reread)
  74. Paradise by Toni Morrison
  75. The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit
  76. I Captured the Castle by Dodie Smith
  77. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  78. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  79. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (Reread)
  80. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  81. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe
  82. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  83. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  84. Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott
  85. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
  86. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  87. Oil! by Upton Sinclair
  88. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Reread)
  89. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  90. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  91. Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
  92. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkein
  93. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkein
  94. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  95. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  96. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (Reread)
  97. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  98. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
  99. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
  100. Candide by Voltaire
  101. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
  102. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  103. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  104. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  105. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  106. The Once and Future King by T.H, White
  107. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  108. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  109. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  110. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (Reread)
  111. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  112. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  113. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  114. The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories by Edgar Allen Poe (Reread)
  115. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  116. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis
  117. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  118. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  119. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  120. Atonement by Ian McEwan

My goal is to finish this list in four years time, so summer of 2020 – when I’ll be 30! I’m sure this goal is pretty unrealistic given I’m always finding new books to read and currently average one classic a month – I’ll need to read at least 2 1/2 a month to reach my goal, but if you never set your goal there’s no hope in reaching it!

What classics are on your to do list?


3 thoughts on “Reading the Classics: To Do List

  1. Wow, impressive list, good luck!!! I haven’t read a classic in a very long time… but my excuse is that it’s ALL I read when I was younger. So funny – YA wasn’t as much of a thing when I was in HS/college (early 2000s), it was just getting off the ground. So I spent my youth reading classics and now as an adult I’m catching up on YA 🙂


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