My Classics Club Bookshelf

CM Capture 1“The Classics Club is a club created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books. There’s no time limit to join and you’re most welcome, as long as you’re willing to sign up to read and write on your blog about 50+ classic books in at most five years. The perk is that, not only will you have read 50+ incredible (or at the very least thought-provoking) works in five years, you’ll get to do it along with all of these people. Join us! We’re very friendly.”

Learn more about The Classics Club here:

You’ll note that I include many novels from the past half century on my “classics” list, and some are even as recent as the 2000s. This is because I choose to operate under the definition of a classic as “a work of art of recognized and established value” rather than “a really old book a lot of people have read in schools.” Classics denote quality in my book, as well as an apparent (or presumed) timelessness.

Progress to Date

Books: 50
Start Date: August 23, 2015
End Date: August 22, 2020
Books Read: 3


Hamlet by William Shakespeare (1602)
Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667)


Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1843)
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
Walden by Henry David Thorough (1854)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1861)
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1868)
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1869)
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1878)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)
Miss Julie by August Strindberg (1888)
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (1895)


Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (1902)
The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain (1916)
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1929)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)
Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)
The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis (1953)
The Crucible by Arthur Miller (1953)
Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (1955)
A Separate Peace by John Knowles (1959)
A Death in the Family by James Agee (1955)
The Once and Future King by T. H. White (1958)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)
Dune by Frank Herbert (1965)
Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault (1969)
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (1970)
The Princess Bride be William Goldman (1973)
The World According to Garp by John Irving (1976)
The Stand by Stephen King (1978)
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979)
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King (1982)
A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (1988)
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb (1992)
Wicked by Gregory Maguire (1995)
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (1996)
Infinite Jest (1996)

2000s (or, “Modern Classics”)

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (2000)
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (2001)
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem  (2003)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (2004)
Doubt by John Patrick Shanley (2005)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)


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