Classics Club

To join in with the Classics Club, the parameters are easy: make a master list of 50 (or more) classic titles you mean to read within the next 5 years. Then, if you like, you can play along with many of their challenges and events, and share your reviews, all optional.

I've been following along at their blog and via twitter for some time now, and officially joined in in early 2017. It's great to read classics alongside all the new books, and this will be a good way to remind myself to keep that variety in my own reading! But I finished my first list, so now it's time to make another...

So, here is my Master List for the upcoming 5 years, from books almost entirely already on my shelves. (currently a work in progress, will add to it until it hits 50).

Classics Club Master List #2

50 Classics I intend to read between Feb 1, 2021 and Feb 1, 2026.

  1. The Scarlet Pimpernel / Baroness Orczy
  2. Kristin Lavransdotter / Sigrid Undset
  3. Mother's Recompense / Edith Wharton
  4. The Reef / Edith Wharton 
  5. Ethan Frome / Edith Wharton
  6. Orlando / Virginia Woolf
  7. The Waves / Virginia Woolf
  8. Jacob's Room / Virginia Woolf
  9. Shirley / Charlotte Bronte 
  10. Villette / Charlotte Bronte
  11. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall / Anne Bronte
  12. The Solitary Summer / Elizabeth von Arnim
  13. Christine / Alice Cholomondeley aka Elizabeth von Arnim
  14. Introduction to Sally / Elizabeth von Arnim
  15. Expiation / Elizabeth von Arnim
  16. Father / Elizabeth von Arnim
  17. The Jasmine Farm / Elizabeth von Arnim
  18. Breakfast with the Nikolides / Rumer Godden
  19. Candle for St Jude / Rumer Godden
  20. Kingfishers Catch Fire / Rumer Godden
  21. Battle of the Villa Fiorita / Rumer Godden 
  22. Totto-Chan / Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
  23. The Frenchman & the Lady / Elizabeth Cadell
  24. Sea Change / Elizabeth Jane Howard
  25. Mr. Wrong / Elizabeth Jane Howard
  26. The Long View / Elizabeth Jane Howard
  27. Some Tame Gazelle / Barbara Pym
  28. The Dressmaker / Beryl Bainbridge
  29. Girls of Slender Means / Muriel Spark
  30. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie / Muriel Spark
  31. The Driver's Seat / Muriel Spark
  32. Our Spoons Came from Woolworth's / Barbara Comyns
  33. Mrs Tim of the Regiment / D.E. Stevenson
  34. Fire Will Freeze / Margaret Millar
  35. The Iron Gates / Margaret Millar
  36. Quicksand / Nella Larsen
  37. Passing / Nella Larsen
  38. Dance Night / Dawn Powell
  39. Angels on Toast / Dawn Powell
  40. Time After Time / Molly Keane
  41. A Note in Music / Rosamond Lehmann 
  42. Blaming / Elizabeth Taylor 
  43. A View of the Harbour / Elizabeth Taylor
  44. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont / Elizabeth Taylor
  45. The Golden Child / Penelope Fitzgerald
  46. The Bookshop / Penelope Fitzgerald 
  47. A Legacy / Sybille Bedford



Classics Club Master List #1

50 Classics I intend to read between March 15, 2017 and March 15, 2022


1. My Brilliant Career / Miles Franklin
2. My Career Goes Bung / Miles Franklin
3. But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes / Anita Loos
4. Sofia Petrovna / Lydia Chukovskaya
5. Children of my Heart / Gabrielle Roy
6. The Road Past Altamont / Gabrielle Roy
7. Garden in the Wind / Gabrielle Roy
8. Les Belles Images / Simone de Beauvoir
9. Mrs Caliban / Rachel Ingalls
10. The Voyage Out / Virginia Woolf
11. Cold Comfort Farm / Stella Gibbons
12. House of Mirth / Edith Wharton
13. Age Of Innocence / Edith Wharton
14. I, Mary Maclane / Mary Maclane
15. Up the Hill & Over / Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
16. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn / Betty Smith
17. The House of Windows / Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
18. The Custom of the Country / Edith Wharton
19. The Heart is A Lonely Hunter / Carson McCullers
20. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes / Anita Loos
21. The Rector's Daughter / FM Mayor
22. The Ten Thousand Things / Maria Dermout
23. The Garden Party / Katherine Mansfield
24. Mrs. Dalloway / Virginia Woolf 
25. The Diviners / Margaret Laurence
26. The Tin Flute / Gabrielle Roy
27. The Return of the Soldier / Rebecca West
28. The Visits of Elizabeth / Elinor Glyn
29. The Summer Book / Tove Jansson
30. Jenny / Sigrid Undset  
31. Jane & Prudence / Barbara Pym
32. An Avenue of Stone / Pamela Hansford Johnson
33. Offshore / Penelope Fitzgerald
34. House on Mango Street / Sandra Cisneros
35. A Favourite of the Gods / Sybille Bedford 
36. Olivia / by Olivia 
37. A Game of Hide and Seek / Elizabeth Taylor
38. Territory of Light / Yuko Tsushima
39. The Victorian Chaise Longue / Marghanita Laski
40. The Innocents / Margery Sharp
41. The Years / Virginia Woolf
42. What's It Like Out? / Penelope Gilliatt
43. The Master Key / Masako Togawa
44. Night & Day / Virginia Woolf
45. To The Lighthouse / Virginia Woolf 
46. Bear / Marian Engel
47. The Winds of Heaven / Monica Dickens
48. The Women of Brewster Place / Gloria Naylor
49. Ceremony / Leslie Marmon Silko
50. Glimspes of the Moon / Edith Wharton


4 comments:

  1. It isn't on my list, but I'm also MOST INTRIGUED to read Kristin Lavransdatter. I have heard good things. :)

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    1. Sorry to butt in an answer here, but I've read 2 of the 3, and it's so good. So unique (as I have not read anything written in that place and period). It became popular when it was translated for a second time by Tina Nunnally, having only been translated (and chopped in parts) earlier, in the 1920's, without some parts of it, and in archaic English in an effort to make it correspond to the 14th century of the novel's setting.

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    2. The trilogy was written in the 1920's too, but is set in Norway in the 14 hundreds, medieval times.

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    3. I have the Tina Nunnally all-in-one edition and I'm really eager to read it!

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