Button for the Classics Club book event

The Classics Club is a group of book bloggers who have signed up to read at least 50 "classics" within five years. This is my list. I have signed on to finish the 50 books on this list by the end of 2023.

My list is in alphabetical order by author's name. I'm going to read them in any old order. As I read a book, I will note that I finished it.

Many of these books are on other book lists I'm working on. I've linked to those lists.


The Egyptologists by Kingsley Amis FINISHED

Dangling Man by Saul Bellow

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (MLA 30)

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs (Radcliffe’s Top 100FINISHED

The Stranger by Albert Camus (College BoardFINISHED

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (Edgar Award)

Cheri by Colette (French ConnectionsFINISHED

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1899 Top 100)

The Stars Look Down (1935) by A. J. Cronin FINISHED

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (Observer’s Top 100FINISHED

The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (1899 Top 100FINISHED

The Waterfall by Margaret Drabble (Top 100 20th Century Novels by Women)

So Big by Edna Ferber (Pulitzer Prize)

A Cordiall Water: A Garland of Odd and Old Receipts to Assuage the Ills of Man and Beast by M. F. K. Fisher (Cookbook Library)

Tender Is the Night (1934) by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Forfeit by Dick Francis (Edgar Award)

Lady Into Fox by David Garnett (James Tait Black PrizeFINISHED

Party Going by Henry Green (Anthony Burgess FavoritesFINISHED

The Wall by John Hersey (Well Stocked Bookcase)

After Many a Summer Dies the Swan by Aldous Huxley (Anthony Burgess Favorites)

The Bostonians by Henry James (Radcliffe Top 100)

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre (All-TIMEFINISHED

The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis (National Review Top 100)

The British Museum Is Falling Down by David Lodge FINISHED

Assignment in Brittany by Helen MacInnes

The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud (National Book Award)

The Late George Apley by John P. Marquand (Well-Stocked BookcaseFINISHED

Venice Observed by Mary McCarthy (Venice Books)

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller (Image Top 100)

A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch FINISHED

Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov FINISHED

Something to Answer For by Percy Howard Newby (Booker PrizeFINISHED

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell (National Review Top 100)

Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter (Top 100 20th Century Novels by Women)

Afternoon Men by Anthony Powell FINISHED

Call It Sleep by Henry Roth (All-TIME)

When She Was Good by Philip Roth

Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers FINISHED

Katherine by Anya Seton (BBC's Big Read)

Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz (Nobel Laureate)

The Masters by C. P. Snow (James Tait Black Prize)

The Red and the Black by Stendhal (Easton PressFINISHED

The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron (Pulitzer Prize)

Walden by Henry David Thoreau (College Board)

If Morning Ever Comes by Anne Tyler

The Poorhouse Fair by John Updike FINISHED

God Save the Mark by Donald E. Westlake (Edgar Award)

Anglo-Saxon Attitudes by Angus Wilson (Campus Novels)

My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats (Easton Press)


Updated January 15, 2021.

I picked the classics on this list because they are books I particularly wanted to read, were on my TBR shelves, and were most likely on some list I'm working on. But I often read other books that qualify as a classic under The Classics Club guidelines. Other classics I've read since I started this list:

Not Now, But NOW by M. F. K. Fisher

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie

Room at the Top by John Braine (Burgess list)

The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Adventures of Sally by P. G. Wodehouse

Prospero's Cell: A Guide To The Landscape And Manners of The Island Of Corfu by Lawrence Durrell

A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch

The Unmaking of a Mayor by William F. Buckley, Jr. 

Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers

The Shackle by Colette

The Vagabond by Colette

Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers

Gigi by Colette

The Last of Cheri by Colette

Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell

The Professor's House by Willa Cather

The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

The Quiller Memorandum by Adam Hall

Endless Night by Agatha Christie

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

A Look Around the Estate: Poems by Kingsley Amis

A Case of Samples: Poems by Kingsley Amis

A Woman of Means by Peter Taylor

Agents and Patients by Anthony Powell

The Day of the Scorpion by Paul Scott

The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott


  1. Welcome! Looks like a fun list & I'm very much looking forward to what your thoughts are.

  2. Nice to see you joining he Classics Club. So many interesting books on your list. Have fun with the challenge!

  3. Great list that you cherry-picked from several lists of books available in the internet!
    It makes your reading so varied.
    John Hersey The Wall is one of the books I want to read.
    So Big...was wonderful.
    Looking forward to your reviews with hashtag #CCBookReviews

  4. Yeah! congrats for joining! You need to read Robinson Crusoe BEFORE reading The Moonstone, you will see why! I just finished the Moonstone and am preparing my review. My list is here: Just 8 more to go (before end of 2020). I'm hoping to be done soon and start a new list!

  5. Reese: Thank you! And congratulations again on winning the Jet Setter Prize in the 2018 European Reading Challenge! Good luck in the 2019 Challenge!

    Christina: Thank you -- I have been meaning to sign up forever and finally had time and bandwidth to pull my list together. I'm excited.

    Nancy: Yes, the lists I pulled from are all lists I've been keeping track of here on Rose City Reader. SO reading my CC books will help me make progress on some of my other lists! I can't resist a list!

    Emma: Thanks for the tip on RC and Moonstone! Will do! I love storyline serendipity, so I will try to read those early on and find out the secret.

  6. You have quite a few on your list I haven't even heard of but also some favourites: Spy Who Came in From the Cold, Abolition of Man (which I found heavy going but extremely interesting), Assignment in Brittany. I've read a couple of A. J. Cronin books but not the one you mentioned. My favourite so far of his has been 'Keys of the Kingdom.'


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