The Classics Club

The Classics Club was an idea I couldn’t resist, and so I made a reading list.

And I decided to allow myself just one book per author, so that The Classics Club could introduce – and re-introduce – me to as many authors as possible.

There are a few re-reads, all books that I read a long time ago,  marked in italics: and there are one or two books I started and pushed to the side and need to start all over again.

I left this behind when I moved my home on the internet, but I missed the community, I missed the spinning, and then I saw a new idea that was far too lovely to resist.

That’s why I’ve picked up my list, I’ve re-worked it a little,  and I think – I hope – that now I have the right classics for me.

But, if I don’t that doesn’t matter. This is a fluid list, and if I find an author who really should have been on the list I’ll add them; if I find an author on the list who really isn’t right for me then I’ll quietly remove them.

I want to finish this project with a list of books that I love.

This is the list.

  1. The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox (1752)
  2. Evelina by Fanny Burney (1778)
  3. Emmeline by Charlotte Turner Smith (1788)
  4. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe (1790)
  5. A Simple Story by Elizabeth Inchbold (1791)
  6. The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott (1815)
  7. The Collegians by Gerald Griffin (1829)
  8. Old Goriot by Honore Balzac (1835)
  9. Deerbrook by Harriet Martineau (1838)
  10. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (1842)
  11. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
  12. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847)
  13. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery (1848)
  14. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (1848)
  15. Bleak House by Charles Dickens (1853)
  16. Vilette by Charlotte Bronte (1953)
  17. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1859)
  18. Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov (1859)
  19. East Lynne by Ellen Wood (1861)
  20. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade (1861)
  21. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (1862)
  22. Henry Dunbar by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1864)
  23. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (1865)
  24. Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevsky (1866)
  25. Hester by Margaret Oliphant (1873)
  26. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope (1875)
  27. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)
  28. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katherine Green (1878)
  29. A Struggle for Fame by Charlotte Riddell (1883)
  30. La Regenta by Leopoldo Atlas (1886)
  31. Bel-ami by Guy Maupassant (1885)
  32. Esther Waters by George Moore (1894)
  33. The Beth Book by Sarah Grand (1897)
  34. Eline Vere by Louis Couperus (1889)
  35. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley (1899)
  36. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (1913)
  37. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton (1913)
  38. Fidelity by Susan Glaspell (1915)
  39. Pointed Roofs by Dorothy Richardson (1915)
  40. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf (1915)
  41. Kristin Lavransdattir by Sigrid Undset (1922)
  42. Anderby Wold by Winifred Holtby (1923)
  43. The Home-maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1924)
  44. The Matriarch by G B Stern (1924)
  45. The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy (1924)
  46. The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham (1925)
  47. Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner (1926)
  48. Dusty Answer by Rosamond Lehmann (1927)
  49. Cullum by E Arnot Robinson (1928)
  50. Diary of a Provincial Lady by E M Delafield
  51. The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West (1930)
  52. Alas, Poor Lady by Rachel Ferguson (1937)
  53. Mariana by Monica Dickens (1940)
  54. The World is Not Enough by Zoe Oldenbourg (1946)
  55. Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden (1947)
  56. The Far Cry by Emma Smith (1949)
  57. The World My Wilderness by Rose Macaulay (1950)
  58. A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Tayor (1951)
  59. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1952)
  60. The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West (1957)

6 thoughts on “The Classics Club

  1. Hee hee hee! I’m laughing because I’m in the middle of inventing a challenge for myself (more, later when I’ve finished the first book on that challenge, and can unveil the unwieldy, exciting, terrifying journey it might be). I expect it to take 10 years, as I’ll be reading lots of other stuff as well. But I’m deliberately not setting a list for myself, but am listing where fancy takes me, when I come to specific stages in the journey.

    And, you know, there are some on your list which might fit in with mine, so I may come back and take a peer!


      1. Good policy! Mine is a blend of “greats”, together with what I call “thumping good yarns”. Plus a few books that friends/family have suggested I’d love. The reading is going well, but I’m getting v behind with the reviews.

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