The Classics Club

I have joined The Classics Club over at A Room of One's Own  in order to hold myself accountable to the task that I have set before me, as well as push myself to pick up the pace.  I first pledged to read fifty - but have since changed it to 75 books - in five years.  My blog was designed to follow The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer; therefore, I am starting off with the list Bauer suggests.  But I have included a supplemental list to add other books throughout the years.  My end date is March 2017.

Reviews are highlighted in blue.
Titles with * are rereads.
List of First Fifty to Read in Five Years  
(although this list keeps growing and growing)
1.   Don Quixote - Miguel De Cervantes   Completed 3/24/12
2.  The Pilgrim's Progress * - John Bunyan  Completed 4/11/12
3.  Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift  Completed 4/28/12
4.  Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen  Completed 5/11/12
5.  Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens  Completed 5/31/12
6.  Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë  Completed 6/12/12
7.  The Scarlet Letter * - Nathaniel Hawthorne  Completed 6/29/12
8.  Moby-Dick - Herman Melville  Completed 7/18/12
9.  Uncle Tom's Cabin * - Harriet Beecher Stowe  Completed 7/31/12
10Madame BovaryGustave Flaubert  Completed 8/10/12
11Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky  Completed 9/9/12
12. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy  Completed 11/9/12
13. The Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy  Completed 12/18/12
14. The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James  Completed 1/27/13
15The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain  Completed 2/10/13
16The Red Badge of Courage * - Stephen Crane  Completed 3/25/13
17Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad  Completed 4/13/13
18The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton  Completed 5/11/13
19The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald  Completed 5/30/13
20. Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf  Completed 6/27/13
21The Trial - Franz Kafka Completed 7/18/13
22Native Son - Richard Wright Completed 8/19/13
23The Stranger - Albert Camus  Completed 9/6/13
241984 * - George Orwell  Completed 9/26/13
25Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison  Completed 11/10/13
26Seize the Day - Saul Bellow  Completed 11/20/13
27One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez Completed 1/20/14
28If on a winter's night a traveler - Italo Calvino  Completed 2/15/14
     Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison  Did Not Finish
29White Noise - Don DeLillo  Completed 3/26/14
30Possession - A.S. Byatt  Completed 5/31/14

1.  The Confessions - Augustine  Completed 6/30/14
2.  The Book of Margery Kempe - Margery Kempe  Completed 7/20/14
3.  Essays - Michel De Montaigne  Completed 9/30/14
4.  The Life of Saint Teresa of Ávila by Herself - Teresa of Ávila  Completed 11/25/14
5.  Meditations - René Descartes  Completed 12/20/14
6.  Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners - John Bunyan  Completed 2/6/15
7.  The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration - Mary Rowlandson  Completed 2/18/15
8.  Confessions - Jean-Jacques Rousseau  Completed 3/23/15
9.  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Franklin  Completed 4/10/15
10. Walden * - Henry David Thoreau  Completed 5/18/15

UPDATED SUPLEMENTAL LIST: These are classics that are not on the Well Educated Mind list, but I have read them in between WEM titles.  They are from my TBR list.

1.  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain Completed 3/1/13
2.  The Crucible - Arthur Miller  Completed 3/7/13
3.  The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien  Completed 4/2/13
4.  O Pioneers! - Willa Cather Completed 8/1/2013
5.  The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde Completed 8/25/13
6.  Persuasion*Jane Austen Completed 2/20/15
7.  Frankenstein - Mary Shelley  Completed 10/28/13
8.  A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens  Completed 12/15/13
9.  Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell Completed 1/28/14
10A Christmas Carol *- Charles Dickens Completed 12/20/13
11Great Expectations  - Charles Dickens (2014)  Completed 2/16/14
12Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll  Completed 2/24/14
13Candide - Voltaire  Completed 3/29/14
14. Germinal - Émile Zola  Completed 4/13/14
15. Arthurian Romances - Chrétien de Troyes  Completed 3/28/14
16. Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton  Completed 5/15/14
17The Story of Sir Lancelot and His Champions - Howard Pyle  Completed 5/18/14
18The Old Man and the Sea *- Ernest Hemingway  Completed 7/22/14
19. The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger Completed 8/3/14
20. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.  Completed 9/23/14
21. The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur - Howard Pyle  Completed 10/28/14
22. The History of the Kings of Britain - Geoffrey of Monmouth Completed 9/29/14
23. Little Woman - Louisa May Alcott  Completed 10/31/14
24. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck  Completed 8/5/15
25. My Ántonia - Willa Cather  Completed 12/12/14
26. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy  Completed 12/28/14
27. The Fortune of the Rougons - Émile Zola  Completed 4/23/15
28. Lord of the Flies - William Golding  Completed 7/21/15
29. Beowulf - unknown/translated by J.R.R. Tolkien  Completed 1/4/15
30. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe  Completed 1/18/15
31. Dracula - Bram Stoker  Completed 10/1/15
32. East of Eden - John Steinbeck  Completed 2/23/15
33. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson Completed 6/7/15
34. The Voyage Out - Virginia Woolf  Completed 4/10/15
35. The Kill - Émile Zola  Completed 8/19/15


  1. Incredible list, Ruth! I look forward to your thoughts on these! Walden is one of my favorites. I APPLAUD all your rereads. Books are even better on a second pass, eh?

    The supplemental list is a great idea. I really, really recommend Little Women. :D

    Cheers, and thanks for joining, Ruth! This is going to be great!

  2. Oh, PS -

    You're going to love Jane Eyre. :)

    1. I have heard great things about Jane Eyre. I am curious now.

  3. Love this list.... and I like your supplemental list. I cut some titles to keep it at 50, but maybe I should follow your lead there....

    1. Thank you.

      I am concerned that I may start something from the WEM list and not like it; and the books on the supplemental list I do want to read at some point anyway.

  4. Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and Anna Karenina are three of my favorite books! I can't wait to see what you think of them :) And I loved your idea of including a supplemental list. I may have to add that to mine!

  5. Thanks, Hannah. I am looking forward to all of them. I have never read a Jane Austen!

  6. Mein Kampf isn't on my list, but it's something I definitely want to read!

    1. To be honest, that is not one I am looking forward to - not because it is Hitler, but because I have heard it is dry and boring. Ugh. BUT, we shall see.

  7. Best of luck on this list. I found you through the classics club link.

  8. Joined up the other day and have been looking at everyone's lists. I started to do an extra list but then just added them to the original 50 so my list is nigh on 100. I kept my goal to 50 so I have a lot of wiggle room for my unruly muse.

    I see several books that are on both our lists. 1984 is on mine, too. Looking forward to reading your reviews.

  9. This looks like an awesome list! A lot of these titles are on my list as well. I want to homeschool my kids too (when I have them)!


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    1. Hi, Kate. TBR means "To Be Read." : )