The Classics Club Challenge

The Classics Club Challenge

I found this amazing group of people (The Classics Club) who have decided to encourage one another to read more classics in order to enjoy literature and self-educate. The challenge is self-determined but they ask that you read a minimum of 50 books in 5 years. I’ve chosen to read 50 classics in the next four years. My deadline is May 16, 2021 (that is if the world hasn’t ended). The schedule works out to about 1 classic a month, so I still have free time to read my other fantastic genres. If you are interested in joining the challenge click on the link above to read more. The following list includes novels, short stories, and novellas. I will not read these stories in the order presented here, but I will attempt to get to them all before the deadline.

The Classics Club Challenge List

    1. The Epic of Gilgamesh-Anonymous
    2. The Thousand and One Nights-Anonymous
    3. Northhanger Abbey-Jane Austen
    4. Persuasion-Jane Austen
    5. Lady Susan-Jane Austen
    6. Old Goriot-Honore de Balzac
    7. Vathek: An Arabian Tale-William Beckford
    8. Jane Eyre-Charlotte Bronte
    9. The Pilgrim’s Progress-John Bunyan
    10. The Canterbury Tales-Geoffrey Chaucer
    11. The Collected Stories-Anton Chekhov
    12. The Man Who Was Thursday-G.K. Chesterton
    13. Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure-John Cleland
    14. The Moonstone: a Romance-Wilkie Collins
    15. A Christmas Carol-Charles Dickens
    16. The Haunted Man-Charles Dickens
    17. Our Mutual Friend-Charles Dickens
    18. Middlemarch: A Study in Provincial Life-George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)
    19. Tom Jones-Henry Fielding
    20. Madame Bovary-Gustave Flaubert
    21. Howards End-E.M. Foster
    22. North and South-Elizabeth Gakell
    23. The Sorrows of Young Werther-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    24. The Vicar of Wakefield-Oliver Goldsmith
    25. The Power and the Glory-Graham Greene
    26. Jude the Obscure-Thomas Hardy
    27. The Scarlet Letter-Nathaniel Hawthorne
    28. Moby-Dick or the Whale-Herman Melville
    29. The Iliad-Homer
    30. Les Miserables-Victor Hugo
    31. Three Men in a Boat-Jerome K. Jerome
    32. Bliss and other Stories-Katherine Mansfield
    33. Utopia-Sir Thomas More
    34. Tales of the Grotesque and the Arabesque-Edgar Allen Poe
    35. In Search of Lost Time-Marcel Proust
    36. A Sicilian Romance-Annie Radcliffe
    37. Clarissa-Samuel Richardson
    38. Waverley-Sir Walter Scott
    39. The Red and the Black-Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)
    40. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-Robert Louis Stevenson
    41. Dracula-Bram Stoker
    42. Gulliver’s Travels-Jonathan Swift
    43. Vanity Fair-William Makepeace Thackeray
    44. War and Peace-Leo Tolstoy
    45. Barchester Towers-Anthony Trollope
    46. Candide, or Optimism-Voltaire (Francis-Marie Arouet)
    47. The Castle of Otranto-Horace Walpole
    48. The House of Mirth-Edith Wharton
    49. To the Lighthouse-Virginia Woolf
    50. La Bete Humaine-Emile Zola

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