Classics Club

In the Classics Club, you select your own list of classics to read by a stated date. I have completed two lists:

My Third List!

I posted this list one July 7, 2021, and intend to read the books on it by July 6, 2026.


15th Century

  • The Book of Dede Korkut by Anonymous (14th or 15th century)

16th Century

  • Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe (1598)
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare (1598)

17th Century

  • The Fair Jilt by Aphra Behn (1688)
  • Tis Pity She’s a Whore by John Ford (1633)
  • The Princess of Cleves by Madame de La Fayette (1678)

18th Century

19th Century

  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811)
  • The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins (1856)
  • Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (1865)
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
  • Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth (1801)
  • The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy (1878)
  • The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope (1894)
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs (1861)
  • The Saga of Gosta Berling by Selma Lagerlof (1891)
  • The Prophet’s Mantle by E. Nesbit (1885)
  • Merkland, A Story of Scottish Life by Margaret Oliphant (1851)
  • A Double Life by Karolina Pavlova (1848)
  • The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott (1889)
  • The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)
  • Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope (1867-1869)

20th Century

  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (1953)
  • Grand Hotel by Vicki Baum (1929)
  • The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz (1938)
  • The Methods of Lady Walderhurst by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1901)
  • The Book of Lamentations by Rosario Castellanos (1962)
  • Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie (1976)
  • Weatherley Parade by Richmal Crompton (1944)
  • The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermoût (1955)
  • The Deepening Stream by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1933)
  • The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell (1950)
  • The Woods in Winter by Stella Gibbons (1970)
  • The Mayor’s Wife by Anna Katherine Green (1907)
  • The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer (1950)
  • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (1862)
  • Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston (1942)
  • Much Dithering by Dorothy Lambert (1938)
  • The Tavern Knight by Rafael Sabatini (1904)
  • Rhododendron Pie by Margery Sharp (1930)
  • A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute (1950)
  • The Tree of Heaven by May Sinclair (1917)
  • Miss Plum and Miss Penny by Dorothy Evelyn Smith (1959)
  • Music in the Hills by D. E. Stevenson (1950)
  • The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart (1962)
  • Iza’s Ballad by Magda Szabo (1963)
  • Miss Mole by E. H. Young (1930)
  • We by Yevgeny Zemyatin (1920)

9 thoughts on “Classics Club

  1. Melissa February 14, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    I love seeing them broken up by century. You’ve picked some great ones!

    • whatmeread February 14, 2014 / 1:05 pm

      Thanks! I can’t claim that was an original idea, however. I copied it from another Classics Club friend.

  2. Tamtown February 14, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    Which ones are your “tried & true” favorites? I think you mentioned 6-8 of your classics you’ve read & re-read. Just curious to see what your favorites are. Your list looks great! You have a lor of really great books & even a few I haven’t heard much about yet. Keep us posted on how this goes!

    • whatmeread February 15, 2014 / 7:14 pm

      I love Victorian novels,so among others the Dickens books, Middlemarch, and the Hardy are retreads.

  3. hamlettethedame February 15, 2014 / 8:20 am

    Nice list! I see several favorites here (Rebecca! Robinson Crusoe!), and several that are also on my list. Welcome to the club! I’ve only been a member since early January, but it’s already been a lot of fun and a great way to meet new book-loving bloggers.

    • whatmeread February 15, 2014 / 7:06 pm

      Thanks so much! I’ll have to take a look at your list!

  4. Karen November 8, 2021 / 6:34 pm

    Wow – you’re third list! That’s awesome! I just joined this month with my first list. 🙂 I’ve read three of the books on your list: The Aeneid, The Castle of Otranto, and Les Mis. Les Mis is one of my all-time favorite classics and books in general!

    • whatmeread November 9, 2021 / 9:48 am

      I know it’s very long. I hope I like it.

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