…to be completed: 60 Classics in 5 Years

The Classics Club’s Reading Challenge

Since I’ve always told myself to read the classics but always somehow read something else, I’ve decided to join The Classics Club’s  reading challenge to read 50 classics in 5 years. But, naturally, I went overboard. At first I listed over a hundred books but I’ve shortened it to 60. I hope to get through them in 5 years or less. As time goes by, I might (will) add more since my decision on things is always changing.

Start: December 22, 2012

End: December 22, 2017


The Epic of Gilgamesh

Thousand and One Nights

Apollonius of Rhodes

Jason and the Argonauts

Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

James Baldwin

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre

Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange

Angela Carter

Nights at the Circus

Charles W. Chestnutt

The Wife of His Youth

Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express

Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White

Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness

Miguel de Cervantes

Don Quixote

Charles Dickens

Tale of Two Cities

Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Idiot

Paul Lawrence Dunbar

Sport of the Gods

Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man

Henry Fielding

Tom Jones

E.M. Forster

A Passage to India

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wall-Paper

William Golding

Lord of the Flies

H. Rider Haggard


Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea



The Iliad

Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Henry James

Washington Square

Daisy Miller

James Joyce



Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth

Franz Kafka


Ken Kesey

One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Rudyard Kipling

The Man Who Would Be King

George Lamming

In the Castle of My Skin

D.H. Lawrence

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

Jack London

The Call of the Wild

Earl Lovelace

The Dragon Can’t Dance

The Schoolmaster

The Wine of Astonishment

Anne McCaffrey


Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Herman Melville

Moby Dick

John Milton

Paradise Lost

Thomas More


George Orwell

Animal Farm

Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

Mary Shelley


Murasaki Shikibu

The Tale of Genji

Edmund Spenser

The Faerie Queen

John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Jonathan Swift

Gulliver’s Travels

Henry David Thoreau


Jules Verne

Journey to the Center of the Earth

H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man

Edith Wharton

House of Mirth

Age of Innocence

Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Grey

Richard Wright

Native Son


20 thoughts on “…to be completed: 60 Classics in 5 Years

  1. I’ve read ‘Fahrenheit 451’, ‘Of Mice and Men,’ ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘Lord of the Flies,’ ‘Animal Farm,”One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ and ‘The Old Man on the Sea’ (I liked all of them except ‘The Old Man and the Sea.’) As you can probably tell I gravitate towards the short ones! 😛


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