My Classics List

Goal: 15/50

Below is the list of books I will read over a five-year period (April 2012 to April 1, 2017). This is not a definitive list of The Classics. It’s simply the ones I want to read or re-read in a five year period.

I’ve arranged the list by the dates published, although I’m not going to read them in order. When I’ve finished a book, I’ll post about it. Clicking on the title will take you to the posting for that classic. The goal is to read 50 books in five years. I’ve added a few extra classics to my list, just in case.

For more information or to join The Classics Club, click the title or button above.

Title and Author:

  1.  The Odyssey by Homer    (8th century)
  2. Beowulf  (Somewhere between the 8th and early 11th centuries)
  3. Essays by Michael de Montaigne    (1580)
  4. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare    (1599)
  5. All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare    (1606)\
  6. Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes    (1612)
  7. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift    (1726)
  8. Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin    (1790)
  9. Lady Susan by Jane Austen     (1805)
  10. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (1814)
  11. Emma  by Jane Austen     (1815)
  12. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (1818)
  13. Persuasion by Jane Austen (1819)
  14. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1838)
  15. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte     (1847)
  16. North and South by Elizabetj Gaskell (1854-55)
  17. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman    (1855)
  18. The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins   (1859)
  19. A Tale of Two by Charles Dickens    (1859)
  20. Silas Marner by George Elliot     (1861)
  21. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell    (1864)
  22. An Old-fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott    (1870)
  23. Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott     (1873)
  24. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (1874)
  25. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy    (1877)
  26. The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain   (1884)
  27. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle    (1891)
  28. Puddnhead Wilson by Mark Twain (1894)
  29. The Impotance of Being Ernest Wilde (1895)
  30. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster  (1908)
  31. The Wind In the Willow by Kenneth Grahame (1908)
  32. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain (1909)
  33. Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey  (1912)
  34. Mountain Interlude by Robert Frost  (1914)
  35. My Antonia by Willa Cather    (1918)
  36. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway    (1920s)
  37. One Of Ours by Willa Cather    (1922)
  38. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolfe     (1925)
  39. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald    (1925)
  40. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather    (1927)
  41. A Room of Ones Own by Virginia Woolf     (1929)
  42. Poems by Langston Hughes    (1930s)
  43. The Door by Mary Rogers Rinehart  (1930)
  44. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck   (1933)
  45. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston   (1937)
  46. Sweet Thunder by John Steinbeck
  47. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck    (1939)
  48. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith    (1943)
  49. The Best Short Stories by O. Henry    (1945)
  50. 1984 by George Orwell (1949)
  51. Across the River and Into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway  (1950)
  52. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis   (1950)
  53. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (1951)
  54. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (1951)
  55. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (1952)
  56. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1953)
  57. Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin     (1953)
  58. On the Road by Jack Kerouac  (1957)

I debated with myself on the cut-off date for the twentieth-century classics. I finally decided on 1959 – the year I graduated from high school. For me, everything prior to that date is classic. I’m giving myself permission to change that date in the future.

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