The Classics Club

The Classics Club readers commit to read and blog about at least 50 classics over the next five years.

“The Classics Club was started on March 7, 2012 by a blogger who wanted to see more people posting about classics literature in the blogosphere. Her goal was to, “unite those of us who like to blog about classic literature, as well as to inspire people to make the classics an integral part of life.” She thought about several ideas but finally settled on inviting people to make out a list of (at least 50) classic titles they intend to read and blog about within the next five years.” Here.

Here is my reading list! Some of the books will be rereads for me. I will update this page as I go along.

Start Date: 07.02.2016
End Date: 07.02.2021
Books read so far: 33/156

  1. The Abyss, Marguerite Yourcenar
  2. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  3. Agnes Grey, by Anne Brontë
  4. Angel, Elizabeth Taylor ✓
  5. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery ✓
  6. Around the World in 72 Days, Nellie Bly
  7. Aurora Leigh, Elizabeth Barret Browning
  8. The Awakening, Kate Chopin
  9. Belinda – Maria Edgeworth
  10. Belinda – Rhoda Broughton
  11. The Bell, Iris Murdoch
  12. The Beth Book by Sarah Grand
  13. The Black Lake, Hella Haassee
  14. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West
  15. Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden ✓
  16. The Blazing World and Other Writings, Margaret Cavendish
  17. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays, de Mary McCarthy
  18. The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pisan
  19. Camille and Madeleine (Fleurville #2), by Comtesse de Ségur
  20. Cassandra at the Wedding, Dorothy Dodds Baker
  21. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, by Julia Strachey
  22. Cluny Brown, Margery Sharp ✓
  23. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
  24. The Collected Short Stories, Eudora Welty
  25. The Collected Prose, Elisabeth Bishop
  26. The Complete Stories, Dorothy Parker
  27. Columbella, by Phyllis A. Whitney
  28. The Coquette, Hannah Webster Foster
  29. The Country of the Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett
  30. The Death of the Heart, by Elizabeth Bowen  ✓
  31. Deborah, by Esther Kreitman ✓
  32. Diary of a Provincial Lady, E.M. Delafield
  33. The Door, by Magda Szabó ✓
  34. The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West  ✓
  35. Emmeline by Charlotte Turner Smith
  36. The Enchanted April, Elizabeth von Arnim ✓
  37. Eva Trout, by Elizabeth Bowen
  38. Evelina by Fanny Burney
  39. Excellent Women, Barbara Pym ✓
  40. The Exiles Return, by Elisabeth de Waal
  41. Fanny Herself, Edna Ferber
  42. Fantomina and Other Works, Eliza Haywood
  43. The Far Cry by Emma Smith
  44. The Female Quixote: or, the Adventures of Arabella, by Charlotte Lennox
  45. Fidelity by Susan Glaspell
  46. The Fire-Dwellers – Margaret Laurence ✓
  47. The Forgotten Smile, by Margaret Kennedy ✓
  48. Four Frightened People, by E. Arnot Robertson
  49. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley ✓
  50. Frost in May, by Antonia White ✓
  51. A Game of Hide and Seek, by Elizabeth Taylor ✓
  52. Good Daughters, Mary Hocking ✓
  53. Gothic Tales, Elizabeth Gaskel
  54. The Group, de Mary McCarthy
  55. The Hearing Trumpet, by Leonora Carrington
  56. Helen by Maria Edgworth
  57. Henry Dunbar by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  58. Her, by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) ✓
  59. Hester, Margaret Oliphant
  60. The Holiday by Stevie Smith
  61. The Holidays (Fleurville #3), by Comtesse de Ségur
  62. The Home-Maker, Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  63. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
  64. Ideala: A Study from Life , Sarah Grand
  65. If Not, Winter: fragments of Sappho, translated by Anne Carson
  66. I’m Not Complaining, by Ruth Adam
  67. Invisible Links, Selma Lagerlöf
  68. Invitation to the Waltz, Rosamond Lehmann
  69. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte ✓
  70. Journal of a Solitude, May Sarton
  71. The Keepers of the House, Shirley Ann Grau
  72. Kristin Lavransdattir (I, II, III), by Sigrid Undset
  73. Lavinia, George Sand
  74. The Leavenworth Case, by Anna Katherine Green
  75. Letty Fox: Her Luck by Christina Stead
  76. Lolly Willowes, by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  77. The Love-Child by Edith Olivier ✓
  78. The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter
  79. The Making of Americans, Gertrude Stein
  80. Marcella , Mary Augusta Ward
  81. Mariana, by Monica Dickens
  82. Marriage by Susan Ferrier
  83. Mathilda, Mary Shelley
  84. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  85. The Mighty and Their Fall, Ivy Compton-Burnett
  86. The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard
  87. Moths, Ouida (Maria Louise Ramé)
  88. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, by Elizabeth Taylor
  89. My Cousin Rachel, Daphne du Maurier ✓
  90. The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe
  91. North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell
  92. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
  93. Olivia, by Olivia (Dorothy Strachey) ✓
  94. One Way of Love, Gamel Woolsey
  95. Orlando, by Virginia Woolf ✓
  96. Oroonoko, The Rover, and Other Works, Aphra Behn
  97. The Outward Room, by Millen Brand
  98. Peony, Pearl S. Buck
  99. The Persimmon Tree, by Marjorie Barnard
  100. A Pin To See The Peepshow, by F. Tennyson Jesse
  101. Pippi Longstocking (Pippi Långstrump #1), by Astrid Lindgren
  102. The Play Room, by Olivia Manning
  103. Pointed Roofs, by Dorothy Richardson
  104. Precious Bane, Mary Webb
  105. The Princess of Clèves, by Madame de Lafayette
  106. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark
  107. The Pure and the Impure, Colette ✓
  108. The Pursuit Of Love, Nancy Mitford
  109. Quicksand, Nella Larsen ✓
  110. The Real Charlotte, Edith Somerville
  111. Red Pottage, Mary Cholmondeley
  112. Romola, by George Eliot
  113. The Rose Garden: Short Stories, Maeve Brennan
  114. The Salzburg Tales, Christina Stead
  115. Saraband, by Eliot Bliss
  116. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  117. Selected Poems of Christina Rossetti, Christina Rossetti
  118. Selected Poems, by Marina Tsvetaeva
  119. Shadows on the grass, Karen Blixen
  120. The Sheltered Life, Ellen Glasgow
  121. A Simple Story by Elizabeth Inchbold
  122. The Simple Truth, Elizabeth Hardwick ✓
  123. Smoke and Other Early Stories, Djuna Barnes ✓
  124. Sofia Petrovna, Lydia Chukovskaya
  125. Someone at a Distance, by Dorothy Whipple
  126. Sophie’s Misfortunes (Fleurville #1), by Comtesse de Ségur
  127. Sor Juana Ines de La Cruz: Selected Works, Juana Inés de la Cruz (tr. Edith Grossman) ✓
  128. South Riding, by Winifred Holtby
  129. Spinster, by Sylvia Ashton-Warner
  130. Stories, Katherine Anne Porter
  131. The Story of a Modern Woman, by Ella Hepworth Dixon
  132. The Story of My Life, de Helen Keller
  133. The Street, Ann Petry ✓
  134. Suite française, Irène Némirovsky
  135. The Sundial, Shirley Jackson ✓
  136. The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu
  137. Tea at Four o’Clock – Janet McNeill ✓
  138. There Were No Windows, by Norah Hoult ✓
  139. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow – M. Barnard Eldershaw
  140. The Tortoise and the Hare, Elizabeth Jenkins
  141. The Towers of Trebizond, Rose Macaulay
  142. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn , Betty Smith
  143. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, de Harriet Beecher Stowe
  144. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
  145. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
  146. Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys ✓
  147. Wild Strawberries, by Angela Thirkell
  148. The Wild Swan, Margaret Kennedy
  149. Wired Love, Ella Cheever Thayer
  150. Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor
  151. Women Against Men by Storm Jameson
  152. The World is Not Enough by Zoe Oldenbourg
  153. The World My Wilderness by Rose Macaulay ✓
  154. Wuthering Heights, de Emily Brontë
  155. Year Before Last, by Kay Boyle
  156. The Yearling, de Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

UPDATE 17.08

Some additional ideas for a future list:

  1. Adam Bede by George Eliot
  2. American Indian Stories by Zitkala-Ša (1921)
  3. Anderby Wold by Winifred Holtby (1923)
  4. Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pisan (1405)
  5. Book of Divine Works by Hildegard von Bingen (1163/4-1172 or 1774)
  6. The Book of Margery Kempe by Margery Kempe (1436-1438)
  7. Bronze: A Book of Verse by Georgia Douglas Johnson (1922)
  8. Classical Women Poets (ca. 620 BCE –ca. 420 AD) [edited and translated by Josephine Balmer, 1996]
  9. Cometh Up as a Flower by Rhoda Broughton
  10. The Complete Poems, Catullus
  11. Complete Poetry and Prose by Louise Labé (1555)
  12. The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy (1924)
  13. The Coquette by Hannah W Foster
  14. Cullum by E Arnot Robinson
  15. The Daisy Chain by Charlotte M Yonge
  16. A Daughter of the Samurai by Etsu Sugimoto (1925)
  17. Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
  18. Eline Vere by Louis Couperus
  19. Esther Waters by George Moore
  20. The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish (1666)
  21. Down to the Sea in Ships by Ursula Bloom
  22. The Female Advocate by Mary Ann Radcliffe (1799)
  23. The Female Spectator by Eliza Haywood (1744-1746)
  24. Fidelity by Susan Glaspell
  25. Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti (1862)
  26. Henry Dunbar by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  27. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs (1865)
  28. Jill by Amy Dillwyn
  29. The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks
  30. Lais by Marie de France (ca. 1170)
  31. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katherine Green
  32. Marsh Island by Sarah Orne Jewett (1884)
  33. Mizmaze by Mary Fitt
  34. The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard
  35. A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson by Mary Rowlandson (1682)
  36. On the Equality of the Sexes by Judith Sargent Murray (1790)
  37. Poems and Selected Letters by Veronica Franco (1575-1580) [edited and translated by Ann Rosalind Jones and Margaret F. Rosenthal, 1998]
  38. Poems, Dramatic and Miscellaneous by Mercy Otis Warren (1790)
  39. Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral by Phillis Wheatley (1773)
  40. Policy and Passion by Rosa Praed
  41. The Real Charlotte by Somerville & Ross
  42. La Regenta by Leopoldo Atlas
  43. Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich (ca. 1390)
  44. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern
  45. Sappho: A New Translation of the Complete Works (ca. 6th century BCE) [edited and translated by Diane J. Rayor with an introduction by André Lardinois, 2014]
  46. A Serious Proposal to the Ladies by Mary Astell (1694)
  47. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe
  48. The Sound Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky: The Writings of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (Bame-Wa-Was-Ge-Zhik-A-Quay) by Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (c.1820s) [edited by Robert Dale Parker, 2007]
  49. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  50. The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung up in America by Anne Bradstreet (1650)
  51. Thyrza by George Gissing
  52. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  53. Violets and Other Tales by Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1895)
  54. A Voice from the South: By A Woman from the South by Anna J. Cooper (1892)
  55. The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann (1936)
  56. Wired Love by Ella Cheever Thayer
  57. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  58. The Woman’s Bible by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1895, 1898)
  59. Woman in the Nineteenth Century by Margaret Fuller (1845)

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