The Classics Club Challenge

classicsclubWell… It was only a matter of time before I got on to this, wasn’t it?

Choosing these 50 classics was actually a lot harder than I’d thought it be – there are so many books I want to read! I’ve based my choices on which classics a) terrify me, b) I am embarrassed to admit I haven’t read and c) I really want to read. So here goes!

  1. Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
  2. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  3. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
  4. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  5. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  6. Inferno: The Divine Comedy I – Dante Alighieri
  7. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  8. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
  9. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  10. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  11. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  12. The Odessy – Homer
  13. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  14. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  15. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austin
  16. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
  17. Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  18. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  19. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  20. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  21. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  22. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  23. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  24. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  25. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  26. Emma – Jane Austen
  27. Empire of the Sun – J. G. Ballard
  28. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  29. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  30. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  31. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  32. The Hound of Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle
  33. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  34. Iliad – Homer
  35. Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne
  36. Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
  37. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  38. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  39. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
  40. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  41. Schindler’s List – Thomas Keneally
  42. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  43. The Shining – Stephen King
  44. Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  45. Tess of the D’Ubervilles – Thomas Hardy
  46. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  47. Twelve Years a Slave – Solomon Northup
  48. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  49. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  50. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China – Jung Chang

One thought on “The Classics Club Challenge

  1. If you’d like to read Gone with the Wind with a few others, we’re reading it together in the spring/summer: May 1 through August 1. Details here. Please delete this comment if it’s intrusive. I wasn’t sure how else to let you know. 🙂

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