The Classics Club Reading List

I officially signed up for The Classics Club; which I’ve participated in unofficially with the last few Classic Club Spins. If you are unaware of the challenge you can find all the ins and outs here.

The gist is you pick 50 classics you want to read over 5 years and, well read them. Simple enough, right? Right!

It took me a while to curate my list for several reasons:

  • I wanted a mix of men and women (still more men than women)
  • It had to consist of at least 50% authors of color (came close with 22)
  • The list had to include books I already owned
Title / Rating Last First Started Finished
Things Fall Apart 😞 Achebe Chinua 1/14/19 DNF
Little Women Alcott Louisa Mae
The Divine Comedy Alighieri Dante
The House of the Spirits Allende Isabel
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Alvarez Julia
Bless Me, Ultima Anaya Rudolfo
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Angelou Maya
Arabian Nights Anonymous
Pride & Prejudice Austen Jane
Giovanni’s Room 😞 Baldwin James 8/20/18 8/22/18
The Decameron Boccaccio Giovanni
Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury Ray
Jane Eyre Bronte Charlotte
The Pilgrim’s Progress Bunyan John
The Plague Camus Albert
The Canterbury Tales Chaucer Geoffrey
The Alchemist Coelho Paulo
The Moonstone Collins Wilkie
The Enormous Room Cummings E. E.
The Count of Monte Cristo Dumas Alexandre
The Name of the Rose Eco Umberto
Invisible Man Ellison Ralph
One Hundred Years of Soliture Garcia-Marquez Gabriel
Jude the Obscure Hardy Thomas
Beowulf Heaney Seamus
Catch-22 Heller Joseph
The Outsiders Hinton S. E.
Les Miserables Hugo Victor
Jonah’s Gourd Vine Hurston Zora Neale
Ulysses Joyce James
Amerika Kafka Franz
The Woman Warrior Kingston Maxine Hong
Quicksand Larsen Nella
To Kill a Mockingbird Lee Harper
C. S. Lewis Signature Collection Lewis C. S.
The Prince Machiaveli Nicolo
Paradise Lost Milton John
The Tale of Genji Murasaki Shikibu
1984 Orwell George
Frankenstein 🤨 Shelley Mary
Ceremony Silko Leslie Marmon
The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck John
Dracula Stoker Bram
The Joy Luck Club Tan Amy
Anna Karenina Tolstoy Leo
Cane Toomer Jean
The Art of War Tzu Sun
Tao Tei Ching Tzu Lao
Candide Voltaire
The Time Machine / The Invisible Man Wells H. G.
Uncle Tom’s Children Wright Richard