The Classics Club

50 (or more) classic books in 5 years or less – sounds promising but scary as hell! 😀 Well to start, I have NEVER read any classic out of whim. If I read a classic, it would most likely be a requirement from school. I don’t know why but these books scare the crap out of me but I do believe that the they are worth it compared to (some) what is available in the market today. So I decided to finally join The Classics Club.

Without further ado, here’s my reading list in the next 5 years (August 6, 2017):

  1. The Divine Comedy (Dante) **
  2. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
  3. Around the World in Eighty Days (Jules Verne)
  4. The Color Purple (Alice Walker) **
  5. The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
  6. Demons (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
  7. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
  8. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
  9. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
  10. Othello (William Shakespeare)
  11. Jane Eyre (Emily Bronte)
  12. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare)
  13. Lady of the Lake (Sir Walter Scott)
  14. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
  15. Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
  16. The Pearl (John Steinbeck)
  17. The Little Prince (Antonie De Saint-Exupery) **
  18. The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
  19. Animal Farm (George Orwell)
  20. Don Quixote (Miguel deCervantes)
  21. Twenty Years After (Alexandre Dumas)
  22. The War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells)
  23. Dracula (Bram Stroker)
  24. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
  25. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
  26. The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
  27. Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
  28. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
  29. Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) **
  30. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  31. Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)
  32. Emma (Jane Austen)
  33. The Dollmaker (Harriette Arnow)
  34. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) **
  35. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
  36. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
  37. Paradise Lost (John Milton)
  38. 1984 (George Orwell)
  39. The Illustrated Man (Ray Bradbury)
  40. The Fountainhead (Ayn, Rand)
  41. A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
  42. The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
  43. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) **
  44. The Beautiful and Damned (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  45. The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
  46. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)
  47. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevesky)
  48. Middlemarch (George Eliot)
  49. Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie) **
  50. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  51. Through the Looking-Glass (Lewis Carroll)
  52. The Man in the Iron Mask (Alexandre Dumas)
  53. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
  54. The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
  55. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  56. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
  57. Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
  58. The Prince and the Pauper (Mark Twain)
  59. Midnight’s Children (Salman Rushdie)
  60. Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
  61. A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  62. Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
  63. The Odyssey (Homer)
  64. Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare)
  65. Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
  66. Madame Bovary (Gustav Flaubert) **
  67. Odyssey (Homer)
  68. A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
  69. The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoevesky)
  70. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
  71. The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
  72. The Jungle Book  (Rudyard Kipling)
  73. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
  74. Bel-Ami (Guy de Maupassant)
  75.  The Prince (Niccolo Machiavelli)
  76. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
  77. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
  78. The Phantom of Opera (Gaston Leroux) **
  79. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey)
  80. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
  81. The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  82. The Godfather (Mario Puzo)
  83. The Giver (Lois Lowry)
  84. North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell)
  85. The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm)

Italized with ** are re-reads

SIDE NOTE: Initially wanted to read 50 but seems like I am gonna do 85. And since this is a “living list” I hope to increase these number before the 5 years mark! So wish me luck.

SIDE NOTE.2: Well, it seems like I have read some classics after all. 🙂 Recently finished was The Hobbit a few months ago, easy peasy! haha kidding. Those were hard books but sooo much fun.

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