The Classics Club Challenge

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Here is my list for The Classics Club Challenge.  It currently stands at 103 titles – an arbitrary number.  It will inevitably look very different by the end of the challenge.  I intend to read a minimum of 50 titles from this list and a maximum of 110.  (There’s space for a few more to be added.)

I began this challenge on 1st April 2016 and it will finish on 31st March 2021.

Titles in blue: currently reading

Titles in green: upcoming reads 

Titles in sky blue: read and awaiting reviews

There’s a little more about the selection here.

1              1774       The Sorrows of Young Werther        Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2              1814       Mansfield Park                                      Jane Austen

3              1816       Emma                                                       Jane Austen

4              1818       Persuasion                                              Jane Austen

5              1838       Oliver Twist                                            Charles Dickens

6              1838       Nicholas Nickleby                               Charles Dickens

7              1840       The Old Curiosity Shop                     Charles Dickens

8              1848       White Nights                                        Fyodor Dostoevsky

9              1848       The Tenant of Wildfell Hall             Anne Bronte

10           1849       Vanity Fair                                             William Makepeace Thackeray

11           1849       Shirley                                                      Charlotte Bronte

12           1853       Villette                                                      Charlotte Bronte

13           1866       Crime and Punishment                       Fyodor Dostoevsky

14           1870       An Old-Fashioned Girl                        Louisa M Alcott

15           1871       Little Men                                                 Louisa M Alcott

16           1871       Middlemarch                                           George Eliot

17           1871       Lady Susan                                               Jane Austen

18           1875       Anna Karenina                                       Leo Tolstoy

19           1876       Christmas at Thompson Hall & Other Christmas Stories

                                                                                                           Anthony Trollope

20           1877       Black Beauty                                          Anna Sewell

21           1888       The Astonishing History of Troy Town     Arthur Quiller-Couch

22           1894       The Awakening                                       Kate Chopin

23           1886       Jo’s Boys                                                    Louisa M Alcott

24           1886       Old Christmas                                         Washington Irving

25           1899       Heart of Darkness                                  Joseph Conrad

26           1902       The Story of my Life                             Helen Keller

27           1903       The Call of the Wild                              Jack London

28           1905       The House of Mirth                              Edith Wharton

29           1908       The Wind in the Willows                    Kenneth Graham

30           1913       Pollyanna                                                 Eleanor H Porter

31           1916       On the Art of Writing                            Arthur Quiller-Couch

32           1918       His Family                                               Ernest Poole

33           1919       Rainbow Valley                                       Lucy M Montgomery

34           1920       The Age of Innocence                          Edith Wharton

35           1920       The Lost Girl                                           D H Lawrence

36           1920       On the Art of Reading                         Arthur Quiller-Couch

37           1921       Rilla of Ingleside                                   Lucy M Montgomery

38           1921       The Death of Society                            Romer Wilson

39           1922       Lady into Fox                                         David Garnett

40           1923       Riceyman Steps                                    Arnold Bennett

41           1923       The Prophet                                            Kahil Gibran

42           1924       A Passage to India                                E M Forster

43           1926       The Sun Also Rises                               Ernest Hemingway

44           1927       Tarka the Otter                                      Henry Williamson

45           1928       Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man       Siegfried Sassoon

46           1929       The Good Companions                        J B Priestley

47           1929       A Room of One’s Own                         Virginia Woolf

48           1931       The Loving Spirit                                   Daphne du Maurier

49           1932       Cold Comfort Farm                               Stella Gibbons

50           1933       Testament of Youth                              Vera Brittain

51           1933       Winter Holiday                                        Arthur Ransome

52           1937       Of Mice and Men                                   John Steinbeck

53           1939       Anne of Ingleside                                  Lucy M Montgomery

54           1939       Christmas Holiday                                W Somerset Maugham

55           1939       The Grapes of Wrath                             John Steinbeck

56           1930/40s   Christmas at High Rising               Angela Thirkell

57           1940       The Fires of Autumn                           Irene Nemirovsky

58           1940       Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm    Stella Gibbons

59           1940       Happy Christmas                                 Daphne du Maurier

60           1943       A Tree Grows in Brooklyn                  Betty Smith

61           1943       The Little Prince                                    Antoine de Saint-Exupery

62           1945       Brideshead Revisited                           Evelyn Waugh

63           1945       Ross Poldark                                           Winston Graham

64           1945       Cannery Row                                           John Steinbeck

65           1946       The King’s General                               Daphne du Maurier

66           1946       Animal Farm                                          George Orwell

67           1946       The Outsider                                          Albert Camus

68           1947       Alone in Berlin                                     Hans Fallada

69           1947       The Pearl                                                 John Steinbeck

70           1948       I Capture the Castle                            Dodie Smith

71           1952       Charlotte’s Web                                    E B White

72           1952       The Birds & other Short Stories      Daphne du Maurier

73           1953       A Writer’s Diary                                    Virginia Woolf

74           1953       Kingfishers Catch Fire                         Rumer Godden

75           1953       The Go-Between                                    L P Hartley

76           1956       My Family and other Animals          Gerald Durrell

77           1956       Seize the Day                                          Saul Bellow

78           1956       A Christmas Memory                           Truman Capote

79           1957       On the Road                                             Jack Kerouac

80           1957       Doctor Zhivago                                       Boris Pasternak

81           1958       Things Fall Apart                                    Chinua Achebe

82           1958       Breakfast at Tiffany’s                           Truman Capote

83           1959       A Woman of Letters                               March Cost

84           1960       Night                                                          Elie Weisel

85           1960       The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding       Agatha Christie

86           1961       The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie              Muriel Spark

87           1963       The Bell Jar                                                  Sylvia Plath

88           1964       A Moveable Feast                                      Ernest Hemingway

89           1969       As I Walked out one Midsummer Morning         Laurie Lee

90           1970       84 Charing Cross Road                             Helene Hanff

91           1975       The Periodic Table                                       Primo Levi

92           1976       Letters from Father Christmas               J R R Tolkien

93           1977       A Time of Gifts                                            Patrick Leigh Fermor

94           1979       Sophie’s Choice                                          William Styron

95           1980       If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller          Italo Calvino

96           1980       A Month in the Country                            J L Carr

97           1981       Goodnight Mr Tom                                      Michelle Magorian

98           1981       Midnight’s Children                                   Salman Rushdie

99           1987       A Time to Dance, No Time to Weep        Rumer Godden

100         1989       Enchanted Cornwall                                   Daphne du Maurier  

101         1993       The Shipping News                                       Annie Proulx

102         1993       Confusion                                                       Elizabeth Jane Howard

103         1995       Casting Off                                                      Elizabeth Jane Howard

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4 thoughts on “The Classics Club Challenge”

  1. Hi Sandra! I noticed you followed me a while ago, but I couldn’t figure out how to find your blog. (Your name isn’t hyperlinked, and your blog isn’t shown on your gravatar profile. I finally found it in my notification bar, but now I can’t remember how, ha ha.)

    I’m excited to find another person doing the Classics Club challenge!

    You have SO MANY excellent titles on your list. TESTAMENT OF YOUTH!! 84, Charing Cross Road. Charlotte’s Web (my favorite book as a child!) THE HOUSE OF MIRTH! Little Men, Villette, Mansfield Park!

    So many good titles waiting for you! Best wishes with this! 🙂

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    1. Hi Jillian, thanks for persevering and finally finding me! Sorry about the difficulties. I think I’ve sorted out a few glitches; I’ll work on the others 🙂

      And thank you for your kind words re my rather long list. Yes, there are so many titles there that I’m really looking forward to – and a few that I’m a little scared of! It’ll be great to have your thoughts as I work through them all.

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  2. What a great list! So many fantastic books on there – the Dickens, of course, but also The Go-Between, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Wind in the Willows, etc. So much variety and I like that you’ve included some more recent books in there – always fun to try to work out what contemporary books will be classics of the future…

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    1. Yup, those 3 you’ve highlighted are all books I’m mad keen to read (or re-read in the case of WitW). As for the more recent titles I’ve included – in part it’s because I hope to end up with my own personal list of classics but also because I’m keen to try to distill just what it is that makes a book a classic and thus get a clearer idea of what contemporary titles may be headed down that path.

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