The Classics Club

Classics Club Reading List

The Classics Club readers commit to read and blog about at least 50 classics over the next five years.  Here’s my list, to be read by March 2017.  I’ll probably read more than 50, but I’m reluctant to commit. 🙂

Update September 2012:  I keep adding books to this list!  My “commitment” remains at 50; I see no reason to remove books just to keep the list at a certain number.

Update September 2013:  I’m taking a break from blogging, but continue turning to this list to guide my reading, and adding to it as I acquire new classics.

Books read are shown in bold italics, followed by a link to my review where available.

Persephone Books

  1. William, by Cicely Hamilton
  2. Someone at a Distance, by Dorothy Whipple (reviewed April, 2012)
  3. Mariana, by Monica Dickens
  4. Far Cry, by Emma Smith
  5. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, by Julia Strachey (reviewed October, 2012)
  6. Greenbanks, by Dorothy Whipple
  7. The Shuttle, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  8. Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary, by Ruby Ferguson (reviewed December, 2012)
  9. The Exiles Return, by Elisabeth de Waal (read November, 2013)

Virago Modern Classics

  1. A Wreath of Roses, by Elizabeth Taylor (reviewed April, 2012)
  2. A Game of Hide and Seek, by Elizabeth Taylor (reviewed May, 2012)
  3. The Sleeping Beauty, by Elizabeth Taylor (reviewed June, 2012)
  4. Angel, by Elizabeth Taylor (reviewed July, 2012)
  5. The Soul of Kindness, by Elizabeth Taylor (reviewed September, 2012)
  6. The Wedding Group, by Elizabeth Taylor (reviewed October, 2012)
  7. Blaming, by Elizabeth Taylor (reviewed December, 2012)
  8. The Mother’s Recompense, by Edith Wharton (mini-reviewed June, 2013)
  9. The Children, by Edith Wharton
  10. Hudson River Bracketed, by Edith Wharton
  11. Poor Caroline, by Winifred Holtby (reviewed May, 2012)
  12. Mandoa, Mandoa by Winifred Holtby
  13. Taking Chances, by M.J. Farrell (Molly Keane) (reviewed July, 2013)
  14. Mad Puppetstown, by M.J. Farrell (Molly Keane)
  15. Devoted Ladies, by M.J. Farrell (Molly Keane)
  16. Full House, by M.J. Farrell (Molly Keane) (reviewed February, 2013)
  17. The Rising Tide, by M.J. Farrell (Molly Keane) (reviewed August, 2012)
  18. Loving Without Tears, by M.J. Farrell (Molly Keane)
  19. Treasure Hunt, by M.J. Farrell (Molly Keane)
  20. Loving and Giving, by M.J. Farrell (Molly Keane)
  21. The Misses Mallett, by E. H. Young (reviewed April, 2013)
  22. Chatterton Square, by E. H. Young (read August, 2013)
  23. Family History, by Vita Sackville-West (read October, 2013)
  24. No Signposts in the Sea, by Vita Sackville-West (read September, 2013)
  25. The Vet’s Daughter, by Barbara Comyns (reviewed November, 2012)
  26. The Beth Book, by Sarah Grand (reviewed April, 2013)
  27. Company Parade, by Storm Jameson (read November, 2013)
  28. Some Tame Gazelle, by Barbara Pym (reviewed January, 2013)
  29. A Glass of Blessings, by Barbara Pym (reviewed May, 2013)

Jane Austen Re-Reads (one per year)

  1. Sense and Sensibility (thoughts posted February, 2013)
  2. Mansfield Park
  3. Northanger Abbey
  4. Persuasion
  5. Pride & Prejudice


  1. Middlemarch, by George Eliot (reviewed September, 2012)
  2. Loitering with Intent, by Muriel Spark (reviewed April, 2012)
  3. The Warden, by Anthony Trollope (reviewed September, 2012)
  4. Barchester Towers, by Anthony Trollope (reviewed November, 2012)
  5. Doctor Thorne, by Anthony Trollope (reviewed March, 2013)
  6. Framley Parsonage, by Anthony Trollope (reviewed June, 2013)
  7. The Small House at Allington, by Anthony Trollope (read September, 2013)
  8. The Last Chronicle of Barset, by Anthony Trollope
  9. The Buccaneers, by Edith Wharton (reviewed November, 2012)
  10. Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton
  11. The Hours, by Michael Cunningham (reviewed December, 2012)
  12. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  13. Fifth Business, by Robertson Davies
  14. Under the Net, by Iris Murdoch
  15. Chess Story, by Stefan Zweig
  16. Orlando, by Virginia Woolf
  17. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (reviewed April, 2013)
  18. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  19. The House in Paris, by Elizabeth Bowen
  20. Pomfret Towers, by Angela Thirkell (reviewed January, 2013)
  21. The Duke’s Daughter, by Angela Thirkell (read December, 2013)
  22. TBD, more of Angela Thirkell’s Barsetshire novels
  23. Time after Time, by Molly Keane
  24. Christopher and Columbus, by Elizabeth von Arnim
  25. The Pelicans, by E.M. Delafield

2 thoughts on “The Classics Club

  1. I love that you’re reading the Persophone & Virago classics, and rereading so many Austens for this event. I love your list.

    Just wanted to stop by and offer a welcome. Cheers, Laura!

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