The Classics Club

by Charlotte Reads Classics

The Classics Club, created by the lovely Jillian is a new book club. Pick 50-200 classics and choose when you want to read them by.

In the next five years I plan to read these classics. At the moment there are 78 – I have tied this challenge into my own personal goal of reading all the books already sitting on my shelves, so that is how I’ve chosen my list.

All the books are new to me, and I’m looking forward to tracking my progress. See the page at the top of my blog for quick links.

I love the sound of this club, because it is a brilliant way to find new blogs and classic fans… and there is no pressure!


  • Defoe, Daniel, Moll Flanders
  • Laclos, Pierre Choderlos, Dangerous Liasons
  • Lewis, Matthew, The Monk
  • Richardson, Samuel, Clarissa


  • Austen, Jane, Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon
  • Brontë, Charlotte, Vilette
  • Collins, Wilkie, The Dead Secret
  • Collins, Wilkie, The Woman in White
  • Collins, Wilkie, The Moonstone
  • Dickens, Charles, A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dickens, Charles, David Copperfield
  • Dickens, Charles, Little Dorrit
  • Dickens, Charles, The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, Crime and Punishment
  • Eliot, George, The Mill on the Floss
  • Flaubert, Gustave, Salammbo
  • Flaubert, Gustave, Sentimental Education
  • Gaskell, Elizabeth, North and South
  • Gissing, George, The Odd Women
  • Grossmith, George and Weedon, The Diary of a Nobody
  • Hardy, Thomas, Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  • Hugo, Victor, Notre-Dame de Paris
  • James, Henry, Daisy Miller
  • James, Henry, The Europeans
  • Jerome, Jerome K., Three Men in a Boat
  • Thackeray, William, Barry Lyndon
  • Thackeray, William, Vanity Fair


  • Amis, Kingsley, Lucky Jim
  • Byatt, A. S., Possession
  • Faulks, Sebastian, Birdsong
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott, Tender is the Night
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott, The Diamond as Big as the Ritz
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott, The Tycoon
  • Forster, E. M., A Passage to India
  • Forster, E. M., A Room with a View
  • Fowles, John, The Collector
  • Galsworthy, John, In Chancery
  • Galsworthy, John, To Let
  • Galsworthy, John, The White Monkey
  • Galsworthy, John, The Silver Spoon
  • Galsworthy, John, Swan Song
  • Galsworthy, John, Maid in Waiting
  • Galsworthy, John, Flowering Wilderness
  • Galsworthy, John, Over the River
  • Gibbons, Stella, Westwood
  • Graves, Robert, Goodbye To All That
  • Grossman, Vasily, Life and Fate
  • Hartley, L. P., The Go-Between
  • Hemingway, Ernest, Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises
  • Hemingway, Ernest, Men Without Women
  • Hemingway, Ernest, The Old Man and the Sea 
  • Kafka, Franz, Metamorphosis and other stories
  • Kipling, Rudyard, The Man Who Would Be King
  • Lawrence, D. H., The Rainbow 
  • Lawrence, D. H., Sons and Lovers
  • Mansfield, Katherine, Collected Stories
  • Maugham, W. Somerset, The Razor’s Edge
  • Maugham, W. Somerset, Of Human Bondage
  • Maurier, Daphne du, The House on the Strand
  • Marquez, Gabriel Garcia, One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • McCullers, Carson, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  • Parker, Dorothy, The Collected Dorothy Parker
  • Proust, Marcel, The Guermantes Way
  • Proust, Marcel, Sodom and Gomorrah
  • Proust, Marcel, The Prisoner and the Fugitive
  • Proust, Marcel, Finding Time Again
  • Rhys, Jean, Good Morning, Midnight
  • Rhys, Jean, Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Vonnegut, Kurt, Cat’s Cradle
  • Waugh, Evelyn, Brideshead Revisited
  • Waugh, Evelyn, Scoop
  • Wells, H. G., Ann Veronica
  • Wells, H. G., Tono-Bungay
  • Wharton, Edith, The Age of Innocence
  • Winterson, Jeanette, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
  • Woolf, Virginia, Mrs Dalloway
  • Woolf, Virginia, The Waves
  • Yates, Richard, Collected Stories