The Classics Club

“In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself…I see with a myriad of eyes,but it is still I who see.” 
―C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism

I am becoming a member of the Classics Club! I discovered this club from the wonderful blogs of Miss Dashwood and Petie (lovely blogs written by two very sweet girls! Check them out if you haven’t already!). Basically the idea is to make a list of at least 50 classic books, read them within 5 years and write a review on your blog after you finish each book.  Of course once I got started I couldn’t stop, so here is my list of 205 classic books (unless I cave and add more 🙂 ) that I hope to have read by 5 years from now. When I read  a book I’ll cross it off the list and link to my review.

“Emma has been meaning to read more ever since she was twelve years old. I have seen a great many lists of her drawing up at various times of books that she meant to read regularly through—and very good lists they were—very well chosen, and very neatly arranged—sometimes alphabetically, and sometimes by some other rule. The list she drew up when only fourteen—I remember thinking it did her judgment so much credit, that I preserved it some time; and I dare say she may have made out a very good list now. But I have done with expecting any course of steady reading from Emma. She will never submit to any thing requiring industry and patience, and a subjection of the fancy to the understanding.” 
― Jane Austen, Emma

(hopefully my attempt won’t end up like Emma’s! 🙂 )

Number of Books: 205

Book read so far: 11

Start Date: February 17, 2013

End Date: February 17, 2018

(re-reads are italicized)

Alcott, Louisa May

Eight Cousins

Inheritance, The

Jack and Jill

Jo’s Boys

Little Men

Long Fatal Love Chase, A

Old-Fashioned Girl, An

Rose in Bloom

Under the Lilacs

Austen, Jane

Northanger Abbey

Persuasion (2/13)

Pride and Prejudice 

Ballantyne, R.M.

Blue Lights

Dog Crusoe, The


Hunted and Harried

Island Queen, The

Pirate City, The

Post Haste

Red Rooney


Young Fur Traders, The

Blackmore, Richard

Cripps, the Carrier

Lorna Doone

Bronte, Anne

Agnes Grey

Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The

Bronte, Charlotte

Jane Eyre



Bronte, Emily

Wuthering Heights

Bunyan, John

Pilgrim’s Progress, The

Burnett, Frances Hodgson

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Little Princess, The (2/13)

Lost Prince, The

Secret Garden, The

Capote, Truman

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Chesterton, G.K.

Ballad of the White Horse, The

Incredulity of Father Brown, The

Innocence of Father Brown, The


Man Who Was Thursday, The

Scandal of Father Brown, The

Secret of Father Brown, The

Wisdom of Father Brown, The

Christie, Agatha

Mysterious Affair at Styles, The

Collins, Wilkie

Woman in White, The

Coolidge, Susan

What Kay Did

What Katy Did at School

What Katy Did Next

Cooper, James Fenimore

Deerslayer, The

Last of the Mohicans, The

Pathfinder, The

Pioneers, The

Crane, Stephen

Red Badge of Courage, The

Defoe, Daniel

Robinson Crusoe

Dickens, Charles

Barnaby Rudge

Bleak House

Christmas Carol, A (12/15/13 review here)

David Copperfield

Great Expectations

Hard Times (12/13 review here)

Haunted House, The

Little Dorrit

Oliver Twist

Our Mutual Friend

Pickwick Papers, The

Tale of Two Cities, A

Dodge, Mary Mapes

Hans Brinker

Dostoevsky, Fyodor

Brothers Karamazov, The

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan

Complete Sherlock Holmes, The

Lost World, The

White Company, The

Dumas, Alexandre

Count of Monte Cristo, The

Queen Margot

Robin Hood

Three Musketeers, The

Eddison, E.R.

Worm Ouroboros, The

Eliot, George

Brother Jacob

Daniel Deronda

Lifted Veil, The


Silas Marner (12/14 review here)

Forster, E.M.

Room With a View, A

French, Allen

Story of Grettir the Strong, The

Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow, The

Gaskell, Elizabeth


North and South


Sylvia’s Lovers

Wives and Daughters

Goldman, William

Princess Bride, The

Haggard, H. Rider

Brethren, The


King Solomon’s Mines

Lysbeth: A Tale of the Dutch

Montezuma’s Daughter

Morning Star

Pearl Maiden

People of the Mist, The

Hamilton, Virgina

House of Dies Drear, The

Hardy, Thomas

Far From the Madding Crowd

Mayor of Casterbridge, The (6/6/2015)

Pair of Blue Eyes, A

Return of the Native, The

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

House of the Seven Gables, The

Scarlet Letter, The

Hemingway, Ernest

Farewell to Arms, A

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Henty, G.A.

Beric the Briton

Boy Knight, The

Cat of Bubastes, The

Dragon and the Raven, The

In Freedom’s Cause (2014)

With Lee in Virginia

With the British Legion

Herriot, James

All Creatures Great and Small

All Things Bright and Beautiful

All Things Wise and Wonderful

Hoffman, Franz

Buried in the Snow

Hope, Anthony

The Prisoner of Zenda

Hugo, Victor

Les Miserables

Hunt, Irene

Across Five Aprils

James, Henry

Portrait of a Lady, The

Johnston, Mary

To Have and to Hold: A Tale of Providence and Perseverance in Colonial Jamestown

Juster, Norton

The Phantom Tollbooth

Kipling, Rudyard

Captains Courageous


Man Who Would Be King, The

Lee, Harper

To Kill a Mockingbird

Lewis, C.S.

Great Divorce, The

Mere Christianity

Screwtape Letters, The

Till We Have Faces

MacDonald, George

At the Back of the North Wind

Golden Key, The


Princess and Curdie, The

Princess and the Goblin, The

Sir Gibbie

Manzoni, Alessandro

Betrothed, The

Marshall, Catherine


Miller, Arthur

The Crucible

Milton, John

Paradise Lost

Mitchell, Margaret

Gone With the Wind

Montgomery, L.M.

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Ingleside

Anne of the Island

Anne of Windy Poplars

Anne’s House of Dreams

Chronicles of Avonlea

Rilla of Ingleside

Road to Yesterday, The

Story Girl, The

Nesbit, Edith

Story of the Treasure Seekers, The  (2/13 review here)

Norris, Kathleen Thompson

Mother: A Story

Orczy, Emmuska

Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel, The

El Dorado

Elusive Pimpernel, The

First Sir Percy, The

League of the Scarlet Pimpernel

I Will Repay

Laughing Cavalier, The (3/22/13)

Sir Percy Hits Back

Sir Percy Leads the Band

Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel, The

Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel

Porter, Jane

The Scottish Chiefs (3/26/2015)

Pyle, Howard

Men of Iron

Radcliffe, Anne

Mysteries of Udulpho, The

Scott, Sir Walter


Sewell, Anna

Black Beauty

Shakespeare, William


Julius Caesar

Romeo and Juliet

Taming of the Shrew, The

Spyri, Johanna


Stevenson, Robert Louis


Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp

Minister’s Wooing, The

Oldtown Folks

Uncle Tom’s Cabin (7/13)

Tennyson, Alfred

Idylls of the King

Tolstoy, Leo

Anna Karenina

War and Peace

Travers, P.L.

Mary Poppins

Trollope, Anthony

Can You Forgive Her?

Phineas Phin

Warden, The

Way We Live Now, The

Twain, Mark

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The

Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, A



Verne, Jules

Around the World in Eighty Days

Wallace, Lew


Webster, Jean

Daddy Long-Legs

Wharton, Edith

Age of Innocence, The

White, T.H.

Once and Future King, The

Wilde, Oscar

Importance of Being Ernest, The

Picture of Dorian Gray, The

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