We owe it to each other to tell stories - Neil Gaiman

Sunday, 25 March 2012

My Classics Club Selection


When I started making my list on Friday, I had sought to only add 100 titles to it, but then I thought of a couple more and thought, okay I'll stop at 120, but even that was not enough - I have a comparatively staggering 140 books, as I am not adding the Harry Potter books as a single entity - that is just madness. So without further ado, here is my list - in no particular order:

  1. Out of Africa - Karen Blixen aka Isaac Dinesen
  2. The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
  3. The Odyssey - Homer
  4. The Iliad - Homer
  5. The Aeneid - Vergil
  6. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
  7. The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides
  8. The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides *I do argue that despite its newness this is a modern classic
  9. Atonement - Ian McEwan
  10. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
  11. Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates
  12. Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger
  13. Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger
  14. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
  15. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  17. The Beautiful and the Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  18. Tales of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  19. Middlemarch - George Eliot
  20. Silas Marner - George Eliot
  21. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
  22. Lady Chatterley's Lover - D.H. Lawrence
  23. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  24. Dracula - Bram Stoker
  25. The Age of Innocence - Edith Warton
  26. The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde
  27. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  28. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
  29. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  30. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  31. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
  32. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
  33. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  34. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
  35. Emma - Jane Austen
  36. 20 000 Leagues under the sea - Jules Verne
  37. Journey to the centre of the Earth - Jules Verne
  38. Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
  39. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  40. The Call of the Wild - Jack London
  41. White Fang - Jack London
  42. A Passage to India - E.M. Forster
  43. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
  44. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  45. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  46. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
  47. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
  48. The Sun also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
  49. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
  50. The Cantebury Tales - Jeffrey Chaucer
  51. Things fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
  52. Dr Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
  53. The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo
  54. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
  55. Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
  56. Don Quixote - Cervantes
  57. The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
  58. Cry, the beloved country - Alan Paton
  59. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint Exupery
  60. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  61. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
  62. The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  63. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  64. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
  65. Wives and Daughters - Elizabeth Gaskell
  66. Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell
  67. The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
  68. Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie
  69. Bohemian Girl - Willa Cather
  70. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
  71. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  72. Shirley - Charlotte Bronte
  73. Villette - Charlotte Bronte
  74. The Brontres Went to Woolworths -Rachel Ferguson
  75. Matilda - Roald Dahl
  76. The BFG - Roald Dahl
  77. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
  78. James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
  79. Paradise Lost - John Milton
  80. 1984 - George Orwell
  81. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
  82. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
  83. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
  84. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
  85. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
  86. Ivanhoe - Walter Scott
  87. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
  88. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
  89. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
  90. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
  91. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest - Ken Kesey
  92. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
  93. Beloved - Toni Morrison
  94. The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
  95. The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank
  96. Their Eyes were watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
  97. The Cider House Rules - John Irving
  98. Lolita - Vladimir Nobakov
  99. The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
  100. The English Patient - Michael Ondaatjie
  101. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
  102. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  103. The Pearl - John Steinbeck
  104. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  105. The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
  106. The Help - Katheryn Stockett *this has to be seen as a modern classic
  107. The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Orczy
  108. Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
  109. The Poisonwood Bible -Barbara Kingsolver
  110. Sons and Lovers - D.H. Lawrence
  111. Far from the madding crowd - D.H. Lawrence
  112. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
  113. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  114. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  115. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
  116. As I lay Dying - William Faulkner
  117. White Oleander - Janet Fitch
  118. The Oresteia - Aeschylus
  119. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John le Carre
  120. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
  121. The Curiouse Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
  122. Labyrinths - Jorge Luis Borges
  123. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - David Wroblewski
  124. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling
  125. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
  126. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
  127. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
  128. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
  129. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
  130. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
  131. Possession - A.S. Byatt
  132. The Mysteries of Udolpho - Anne Radcliff
  133. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
  134. Metamorphoses - Ovid
  135. Slaughter-House Five - Kurt Vonnegot
  136. Death in Venice - Thomas Mann
  137. The Metamorphosis - Thomas Mann
  138. Antigone - Sophicles
  139. The 3 Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
  140. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe

Phew! That is my list, I have already read one of the books this weekend. So keep an eye out for my page dedicated to the Classics Club, and let's see how much progress I can make in 5 years. What I know so far is that I'll be reading Middlesex, Out of Africa and Revolutionary Road soon, so let's see how many of the 140 I can cross off my list this year.

3 comments:

  1. So many great titles! Out of Africa is an incredible book. I hope you enjoy it. :)

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  2. Thank you! I cannot wait to get progressing, and I am most excited about Out of Africa :)

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  3. I love that you added the Harry Potter series to your selection. I've always thought they should be in the same category as Peter Pan and the Wizard of Oz. Great list!

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