Classics Club Challenge

The Classics Club challenges its members to read at least fifty classic books in a maximum of five years. I’ve decided to set myself the goal of reading one hundred classics by the end of 2018. I’ll start the challenge on the 1st of January, 2014. Below you can find my list of books to be read. I’ve organised them into a couple of broad categories, though there are a lot of books that fit into at least two categories. Below you’ll find the complete list and links to my reviews.

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Medieval and Classical

1. The Aeneid – Virgil
2. The Iliad – Homer Completed; review here.
3. Poetics – Aristotle Completed; review here.
4. Lysistrata – Aristophanes Completed; review here.
5. The Epic of Gilgamesh – Anonymous
6. Njal’s Saga – Anonymous
7. The Nibelungenlied – Anonymous
8. The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
9. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville – John Mandeville
10. The Song of Roland – Anonymous
11. Four Arthurian Romances – Chretien de Troyes
12. The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
13. The Book of Mergery Kempe – Margery Kempe
14. The Book of the City of Ladies – Christine de Pizan

World Classics

15. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
16. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy Completed; review here.
17. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
18. Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand Completed; review here.
19. The Red and the Black – Stendhal
20. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
21. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
22. The Prince – Niccolò Machiavelli
23. Orlando Furioso – Ludovico Ariosto
24. A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen
25. Faust – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
26. Candide – Voltaire
27. Six Characters in Search of an Author – Luigi Pirandello
28. Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges
29. The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni
30. Mother Courage and Her Children – Bertolt Brecht
31. Tartuffe – Molière Completed; review here.
32. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
33. Steppenwolf – Hermann Hesse
34. The Age of Reason – Jean-Paul Sartre
35. Eugene Onegin – Alexander Pushkin Completed; review here.
36. The Fortune of the Rougons – Émile Zola
37. Julie, or the New Heloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

English/Irish/Scottish Classics

38. Paradise Lost – John Milton
39. Utopia – Thomas More Completed; review here.
40. The Faerie Queene – Edmund Spenser
41. The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe Completed; review here.
42. King Lear – William Shakespeare Completed; review here.
43. Don Juan – Lord Byron
44. Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage – Lord Byron Completed; review here.
45. Life of Johnson – James Boswell
46. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling – Henry Fielding
47. Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
48. Cecilia – Fanny Burney
49. Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth Completed; review here.
50. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
51. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman – Laurence Sterne
52. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman – Mary Wollstonecraft
53. Waverly – Walter Scott
54. Middlemarch – George Eliot
55. The Forsyte Saga – John Galsworthy
56. Dracula – Bram Stoker Completed; review here.
57. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
58. The Warden – Anthony Trollope
59. The Prelude – William Wordsworth
60. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
61. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James Completed; review here.
62. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Emmuska Orczy Completed; review here.
63. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins Completed; review here.
64. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh Completed; review here.
65. Howards End – E.M. Forster Completed; review here.

American Classics

66. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
67. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
68. The Gilded Age – Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
69. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe

Australian Classics

70. Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsey
71. The Year of Living Dangerously – Christopher J. Koch
72. Voss – Patrick White
73. For the Term of His Natural Life – Marcus Clarke
74. My Brilliant Career – Miles Franklin

Modern Classics

75. Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
76. Ulysses – James Joyce
77. 1984 – George Orwell Completed; review here.
78. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
79. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
80. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
81. The Interpretation of Dreams – Sigmund Freud
82. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
83. Hiroshima Mon Amour – Marguerite Duras

Forgotten Classics

84. Salem Chapel – Margaret Oliphant
85. This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald
86. The Professor – Charlotte Bronte
87. Lark Rise to Candleford – Flora Thompson Completed; review here.
88. Under the Greenwood Tree – Thomas Hardy
89. The Mystery of Edwin Drood – Charles Dickens
90. Twenty Years After – Alexandre Dumas

Children’s Classics

91. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
92. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
93. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
94. Kim – Rudyard Kipling
95. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
96. The Adventures of Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi
97. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
98. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
99. Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers Completed; review here.
100. The Sword in the Stone – T.H. White


30 replies on “Classics Club Challenge”

Thanks! I had a lot of trouble classifying The Lord of the Flies… I think I put it in the children’s classics section because my sister first read it for school, along with a bunch of other children’s and YA books. I think it somehow stuck in my head as a children’s/YA book because of that. :)

I’ve just joined the Club! I divided my list into categories too…

You might love Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell! I don’t see it on your Goodreads anywhere, or on your list above, but I thought you might be interested in reading with a few of us May 1 through August 1? Certainly no pressure. I just love sharing this book with people. If you’re interested in joining us, I have a post up at my place with details. Cheers! :)

Hi Corinne! Thanks so much for your comment. :) I haven’t read Gone With the Wind yet – I’m afraid my experience of American literature is woefully small – and it’s definitely a title I want to read. I’ll definitely check out your readalong! :)

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