The Classics Club

I found The Classics Club while browsing through book blogs and found it brilliant! As you can guess by the name, it’s a book club for people who love (or try to understand) classics. You can join the club by setting a goal to read 50/100/200 classics in five years. Setting a goal for my reading is something I usually avoid based on my experience with Goodreads Challenge. I felt pressured to read more books for the sake of just completing the goal without really enjoying them, but the Classic Club challenge is very well structured and I can see the benefit of doing it: reading more classics that I have been too afraid to start, practising writing book review, and having fellow readers to discuss them with.

I added more challenge for myself: to read more classics written by POC authors. The 50 books I listed here are some already in my possession (yes, I have a problem) and the rest I picked from Book Riot ‘100 Must-Read Classics by People of Colours’.

If you are interested in joining this challenge, here are some basics:

  1. choose 50+ classics
  2. list them at your blog
  3. choose a reading completion goal date up to five years in the future and note that date on your classics list of 50+ titles
  4. e-mail the moderators of this blog (theclassicsclubblog@gmail.com) with your list link and information and it will be posted on the Members Page! (Or submit your entry here)
  5. write about each title on your list as you finish reading it, and link it to your main list
  6. when you’ve written about every single title, let the moderator know.

50 classics I want to read in five years and will be completed on 15th June 2025:

  1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  2. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  3. The Makioka Sister by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
  4. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
  5. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  6. Emma by Jane Austen
  7. All Quiet in the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  8. Herzog by Saul Bellow
  9. Dune by Frank Herbert
  10. Germinal by Emilé Zola
  11. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  12. Pitch Dark by Renata Adler
  13. A Highwind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
  14. Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
  15. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
  16. The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
  17. Don’t Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford
  18. Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett
  19. Transit by Anna Segher
  20. Young Once by Patrick Modiano
  21. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  22. The Wisdom of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton
  23. The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
  24. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  25. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  26. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  27. Memet, My Hawk by Yashar Kemal
  28. The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima
  29. A Damsel in Distress by P.G. Wodehouse
  30. The Classic Horror Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
  31. White Walls by Tatyana Tolstaya
  32. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  33. The Confession of Lady Nijō by Lady Nijō
  34. The Story of the Stone, part 1 by Cao Quexin
  35. The Heart of Hyacinth by Onoto Watanna
  36. I am a Cat by Sasuki Natsome
  37. The Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
  38. Native Son by Richard Wright
  39. The President by Miguel Ángel Asturia
  40. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  41. Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
  42. A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
  43. The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe
  44. A Backward Place by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  45. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
  46. Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling
  47. A Backward Place by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  48. Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
  49. Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih
  50. The Real story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China by Lu Xun

Wish me luck!

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  1. I’m so excited to see you’re joining up! I aspire to join the Classics Club, but I’m on a quest to read all the Newbery Award Winners before the 100th is announced in January 2022. I want to finish that quest before picking up the Classics Club. But you can be sure I will! Even if it is daunting…

    I love your list. I love it even more because I’ve only read 3 books on it! I am not well-versed in the classics, but your focus on POC authors is really inspiring. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you very much! Ohhh your quest sounds exciting too. I used to read Newberry Award Winners but I think I need to update my list. Any favourite you’ve found? Good luck!

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      1. There are definitely favorites. If you’re into historical fiction, Hattie Big Sky and Bud, Not Buddy are big for me. If more fantasy elements are your thing, When You Reach Me and The One and Only Ivan. And if contemporary is a preferred genre, Bridge to Terabithia and Hello Universe are top contenders. Have you read any of those?

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      2. Oohh thank you very much for this. I read ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ almost fifteen years ago and remember that it was so beautiful. Thanks!! 🙂

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  2. Hi Chita, great list! I found you on the Member List for The Classics Club and noticed you were a newbie like me! Here are the books from your list I LOVED: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne of Green Gables, and Their Eyes Were Watching God,
    And here are the ones we have in common on our lists: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Far From the Madding Crowd. I will link my list, if interested!

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    1. Hi Elena! Nice meeting you here! I’m glad you like The Tenant (I heard mixed reviews about it haha). I’m reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin at the moment. And yes, please send me your link!

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  3. Welcome to the Classics Club!! 🙂 I just finished my first list and it was a fantastic adventure! My favorites that are also on your list are The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne of Green Gables and Emma. I aspire to read Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Their Eyes were Watching God–perhaps in my next list 😉 Hope you are enjoying your reading thus far!

    Here’s my list with review links in case you are interested 🙂 I love reading other people’s lists! https://greenishbookshelf.com/the-classics-club-2/

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    1. thank you very much! Uncle Tom’s Cabin is my current read and it’s been a great ride. I’m slacking with my reviews but hope to write something new soon!

      There are so many popular classics in your list! I’m sure you’ll have fun with them – Jane Eyre is so iconic and it was the first book that got me into classic.

      Let’s do this! 🙂

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