The Classics Club

“Classics” mean just that – classics. I read an abridged version of Oliver Twist in 4th grade and there has been no looking back since then. Having said that, I am aware of the fact that I have missed a great many of them. When I read about “The Classic Club”, I knew I had to join the bandwagon and catch up on all those classics I have missed out on and use it as an excuse to revisit some all-time favourites again!

I am sharing below the list of which I wish to read atleast 50 in 5 years – 2014 to 2019. I may change/add a few along the way but I will keep this page updated and share my honest reviews of the classics to the best of my abilities.

Austen, Jane: Emma

Austen, Jane: Lady Susan

Austen, Jane: Mansfield Park

Austen, Jane: Northanger Abbey

Austen, Jane: Persuasion

Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice

Austen, Jane: Selected Letters

Austen, Jane: Sense and Sensibility

Austen, Jane: The Watsons

Braddon, Mary Elizabeth: Lady Audley’s Secret

Bronte, Charlotte: Shirley

Buchan, John: The Thirty-Nine Steps

Carroll, Lewis: Alice in Wonderland

Cather, Willa: The Professor’s House

Coetzee, J.M: Youth

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor: Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Crane, Stephen: Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

Cooper, James Fenimore: The Last of the Mohicans

Cooper, James Fenimore: The Pathfinder

de Quincy, Thomas: Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Dickens, Charles: A Child’s History of England

Dickens, Charles: Great Expectations

Dickens, Charles: Nicholas Nickleby

Dickens, Charles: Tale of Two Cities

Dickens, Charles: The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

Dickens, Charles: David Copperfield

Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist

Dostoevesky, Fyodor: The Idiot

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Dumas, Alexandre: The Count of Monte Cristo

Dumas, Alexandre: The Man in the Iron Mask

Dumas, Alexandre: The Three Musketeers

Dumas, Alexandre: Twenty Years After

Emerson, Ralph Waldo: The Essential Writings

Eliot, George: The Mill on the Floss

Forster, E.M.: Passage to India

Forster, E.M.: Where Angels Fear to Tread

Fowles, John: The Collector

Frank, Anne: The Diary of Anne Frank

Franklin, Benjamin: 1726 Journal

Franklin, Benjamin: Autobiography

Freud, Sigmund: The Interpretation of Dreams

Grossmith, George and Weedon: The Diary of a Nobody

Hardy, Thomas: Life’s Little Ironies (short stories)

Hardy, Thomas: Mayor of Casterbridge

Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Heller, Joseph: Catch-22

Hemingway, Ernest: The Complete Short Stories

Hemingway, Ernest: The Old Man and the Sea

Henry, O: Collected Stories

Hugo, Victor: Les Miserables

Hugo, Victor: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Irving, Washington: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Jerome, Jerome K: Three Men in a Boat

Kipling, Rudyard: Kim

Kesey, Ken: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Lady Muraski: The Tale of the Genji

Lawrence, D.H.: Collected Short Stories

Lawrence, D.H.: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: Love in the Time of Cholera

Melville, Herman: Moby Dick


Milton, John: Paradise Lost

Mishima, Yukio: The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Sea

Mitchell, Margaret: Gone with the Wind

Montgomery, L.M.: Anne of Green Gables

Murakami, Haruki: Norwegian Wood

Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita

Nietzsche, Friedrich: Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Orwell, George: 1984

Orwell, George: Animal Farm

Orwell, George: Burmese Days

Pyle, Howard: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Rand, Ayn: Atlas Shrugged

Robinson, Marilynne: Housekeeping

Rossetti, Christina: Maude: A Story for Girls

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques: On the Social Contract

Rowson, Susanna: Charlotte Temple

Rushdie, Salman: Midnight’s Children

Rushdie, Salman: The Satanic Verses

Salinger, J.D.: Nine Stories

Salinger, J.D.: The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J.D: Franny and Zooey

Shakespeare, William: Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare, William: Othello

Shakespeare, William: The Comedy of Errors

Shaw, George Bernard: Mrs. Warren’s Profession


Stowe, Harriet Beecher: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Strachey, Julia: Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

Swift, Jonathon: Gulliver’s Travels

Tan, Amy: The Joy Luck Club

Thiong’o, Ngugi: A Grain of Wheat

Thoreau, Henry David: Civil Disobedience

Tolkein, J.R.R.: The Hobbit

Tolkein, J.R.R.: The Lord of the Rings

Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina

Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Twain, Mark: The Complete Humorous Sketches

Twain, Mark: The Complete Short Stories

Twain, Mark: The Prince and the Pauper

Twain, Mark: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Verne, Jules: Around the World in Eighty Days

Verne, Jules: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Walker, Alice: The Color Purple

Williams, Tennessee: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Woolf, Virginia: Orlando

Woolf, Virginia: To the Lighthouse

Zamyatin, Yevgeny: We



One comment

  1. The Classics Club · January 2, 2014

    Great list! I love seeing books like the Hobbit right next to Russian lit!

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