Reading Challenge: The Classics Club

The Classics Club

Info: The Classics Club
Date: February 20, 2020 – February 20, 2025
Goal: Read 50 classic books from a self-defined reading list within a 5 year time period. Write corresponding reviews/discussions and link them from the list.

How I built my list: started with the suggested titles from The Big Book List, then went Googling for more. I specifically tried to add books by women, diverse authors, and from non-European countries. Otherwise, I didn’t restrict myself to a specific genre or time period– though I did try to keep to books written before 1995, if I could. A few of the fantasy/scifi picks were from “forgotten classics” lists, which is cool.

Reading List

  1. Little Men – Louisa May Alcott
  2. Jo’s Boys – Louisa May Alcott
  3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum (reread)
  4. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  5. Colored Man Round the World – David Dorr
  6. The Lost World – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano – Olaudah Equiano
  8. Save Me the Waltz – Zelda Fitzgerald
  9. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons (reread)
  10. Letters from Egypt – Lucie Duff Gordon
  11. South Riding – Winifred Holtby
  12. The Phantom of Opera – Gaston Leroux
  13. Rilla of Ingleside – L.M. Montgomery
  14. The Enchanted Castle – E. Nesbit
  15. Excellent Women – Barbara Pym
  16. Ceremony – Leslie Marmon Silko
  17. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  18. Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne
  19. Greenbanks – Dorothy Whipple
  20. The Once and Future King – T.H. White (reread)
  21. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
  22. The Hero and the Crown – Robin Mckinley
  23. The Book of Three – Lloyd Alexander
  24. The Owl Service – Alan Garner
  25. The Blazing World – Margaret Cavendish
  26. Citadel of Fear – Francis Stevens (Gertrude Barrows Bennett)
  27. Herland – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  28. The Tomorrow People – Judith Merril
  29. Downbelow Station – C.J. Cherryh
  30. Synners – Pat Cadigan
  31. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie (reread)
  32. The Franchise Affair – Josephine Tey
  33. How to Suppress Women’s Writing – Joanna Russ
  34. We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
  35. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
  36. Romance of the Three Kingdoms – Luo Guanzhong
  37. Journey to the West/Monkey – Wu Cheng’en
  38. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
  39. Rubyfruit Jungle – Rita Mae Brown
  40. A Single Man: A Novel – Christopher Isherwood
  41. Dhalgren – Samuel R. Delany
  42. All Passion Spent – Vita Sackville-West
  43. The Charioteer – Mary Renault
  44. Odd Girl Out – Ann Bannon
  45. Tevye’s Daughters – Sholem Ale­ichem
  46. Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay
  47. The Harp in the South – Ruth Park
  48. We of the Never Never – Jeannie/Aeneas Gunn
  49. Cartucho: Tales of the Struggle in Northern Mexico – Nellie Campobello
  50. Recollections of Things to Come – Elena Garro

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