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. Emmeline by Charlotte Turner Smith (1788)
  3. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe (1790)
  4. The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott (1815)
  5. Emma by Jane Austen (1815)
  6. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni (1827)
  7. Old Goriot by Honore Balzac (1835)
  8. Deerbrook by Harriet Martineau (1838)
  9. The Mysteries of Paris by Eugene Sue (1843)
  10. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
  11. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte (1847)
  12. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery (1848)
  13. Bleak House by Charles Dickens (1853)
  14. Vilette by Charlotte Bronte (1953)
  15. Tales of Clerical Life by George Eliot (1858)
  16. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1859)
  17. Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov (1859)
  18. East Lynne by Ellen Wood (1861)
  19. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade (1861)
  20. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (1862)
  21. The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard (1862)
  22. Henry Dunbar by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1864)
  23. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (1865)
  24. The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte Mary Yonge (1865)
  25. The Fortunes of the Rougons by Emile Zola (1871)
  26. Hester by Margaret Oliphant (1873)
  27. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope (1875)
  28. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)
  29. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katherine Green (1878)
  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. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (1900)
  37. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James (1902)
  38. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (1913)
  39. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton (1913)
  40. Fidelity by Susan Glaspell (1915)
  41. Pointed Roofs by Dorothy Richardson (1915)
  42. Kristin Lavransdattir by Sigrid Undset (1922)
  43. Anderby Wold by Winifred Holtby (1923)
  44. The Home-maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1924)
  45. The Matriarch by G B Stern (1924)
  46. The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy (1924)
  47. The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham (1925)
  48. Love by Elizabeth Von Arnim (1925)
  49. Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner (1926)
  50. Cullum by E Arnot Robinson (1928)
  51. Diary of a Provincial Lady by E M Delafield
  52. The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West (1930)
  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. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1952)
  59. The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West (1957)
  60. In a Summer Season by Elizabeth Taylor (1961)


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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