The Classics Club: Wherein I Cave and Join…

Earlier this year, Jillian from A Room of One’s Own created The Classics Club where bloggers could pledge to read a certain amount of classics over the next 5 years.  It’s a superb idea and a great way to build community among the bookish interwebs.  That being said, I initially hesitated.  Not because I don’t love classics – I do, probably my favorite ‘genre’, but rather I was worried about over-extending myself or forcing myself to read from a list (even if it were of my own creation).  But I’ve caved in and I’m not ashamed to admit it!

Why now, you ask?  Because my fears were recently rendered silly when I realized that in the next four weeks I will be completing 4 books I consider classics – for fun!  And this classics reading pace is the norm for me – not the exception.  As long as my list does in fact have an end and isn’t overly long, I’ll reach this goal naturally.  So, I made my list and had a blast.  I mean, who doesn’t love a great list of books?   Plus, Jillian and several other amazing bloggers just launched The Classics Club’s own internet home this week!  Check it out here.

My list consists of books off the top of my head (mostly!) and off my shelves that I am excited about reading.  There are quite a few re-reads, but more than enough new-to-me titles.  My list is 75 books long and I am vowing to finish the list by July 31, 2017 – roughly 5 years from now.  Fifteen books a year is nothing and leaves me plenty of time to read my Litwits books and other pure pleasure reads.  WIN.

Without further ado, please see my lovely list below.  The re-reads are in bold!

And Then There Were None Agatha Christie (10/10/12)
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Color Purple Alice Walker
Black Beauty Anna Sewell (January 2013)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Anne Bronte
Agnes Grey Anne Bronte (January 2013)
Revolutionary Road Richard Yates
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle (11/12/12)
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
The Professor Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
Moll Flanders Daniel Defoe
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith (10/16/12)
Ethan Frome Edith Wharton (April 2013)
North and South Elizabeth Gaskell (8/23/12)
Cranford Elizabeth Gaskell (April 2013)
The Robber Bridegroom Eudora Welty
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald (February 2013)
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett (November 2012)
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami
The Ambassadors Henry James
Daisy Miller Henry James
Washington Square Henry James
Call It Sleep Henry Roth
The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien (11/22/12)
Mansfield Park Jane Austen (August 2013)
Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
The French Lieutenant’s Woman John Fowles
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
East of Eden John Steinbeck
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro
Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
Anne of Green Gables L.M. Montgomery
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Little Women Louisa May Alcott(March 2013)
Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell (8/6/2012)
The Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston(June 2013)
The Hours Michael Cunningham
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne  (8/6/2012)
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
The Good Earth Pearl. S. Buck
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler (May 2013)
Native Son Richard Wright
I, Claudius Robert Graves
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert Heinlein
All the King’s Men Robert Penn Warren
A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
Henderson the Rain King Saul Bellow
King Lear Shakespeare
Twelfth Night Shakespeare
The Tempest Shakespeare
The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
The Stand Stephen King
American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser
Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
Jude the Obsure Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D’Ubervilles Thomas Hardy
Our Town Thornton Wilder
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote
Les Miserables Victor Hugo
Lolita Vladimir Nobokov(July 2013)
O Pioneers! Willa Cather
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
Neuromancer William Gibson
The Princess Bride William Goldman
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray (March 2013)
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston (9/23/12)