Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Classics Club

The Classics Club

I'm psyched that I just found a great site for those who read and want to discuss classics. To join, one must put together a list of fifty (or more) classics to read within the next 5 years which would be January 31, 2018 for me. I figure I can read about 1 classic a month. So, I've made my list and am looking forward to the fun.

For the most part, I put books on the list if I think I need to read them for school. There is an off chance that I might apply at some time to be a reader for the AP English Literature exam. If accepted and asked to read the open question, I would need to be familiar with a wide variety of books and plays. Sad to say, I've spent the past 15 years reading the same classics over and over and over again. I can tell you anything you want to know about Wuthering Heights, Macbeth, Hamlet, and Frankenstein. Most of what you want to know about The Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby, The Kite Runner, The Crucible, Pride and Prejudice, and Heart of Darkness, and some of what you want to know about Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Obason.

I'd love to have meaningful discussions with my fellow teachers about other works. I hate when I'm at an AP conference and someone mentions a classic I haven't read, and everyone gives me the look which suggests I'm no kind of English teacher if I haven't read a particular book.

So, without further ado:

  1. Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart
  2. Aeschylus: Oresteia
  3. Albee, Edward: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  4. Anaya, Rudolfo: Bless Me, Ultima
  5. Angelou, Maya: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  6. Aristophanes: Lysistrata
  7. Atwood, Margaret: A Handmaid’s Tale    - Finished on Feb. 6, 2013
  8. Beckett, Samuel: Waiting for Godot
  9. Bradbury, Ray: Fahrenheit 451
  10. Burgess, Anthony: A Clockwork Orange
  11. Burns, Olive: Cold Sassy Tree - Finished March 28, 2013
  12. Cather, Willa: Death Comes for the Archbishop - Finished April 6, 2013
  13. Crane, Stephen: Red Badge of Courage
  14. de Cervantes, Miguel: Don Quixote
  15. de Laclos, Choderlos: Dangerous Liaisons
  16. Defoe, Daniel: Moll Flanders
  17. Dickens, Charles: Little Dorrit - Finished on March 10, 2013
  18. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment
  19. Dreiser, Theodore: American Tragedy
  20. Eliot, George: Middlemarch - Finished March 30, 2014
  21. Euripedes: Four Tragedies
  22. Forster, E.M.: Howard’s End
  23. Fowles, John: The French Lieutenant’s Woman
  24. Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South
  25. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters
  26. Hamilton, Edith: Mythology
  27. Hardy, Thomas: Jude the Obscure
  28. Hardy, Thomas: Mayor of Casterbridge - Finished December 15, 2013
  29. Heller, Joseph: Catch-22
  30. Hesse, Hermann: Siddhartha
  31. Hugo, Victor: Les Miserables
  32. Hurston, Zora Neale: Their Eyes Were Watching God - Finished April 23, 2013
  33. Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World
  34. Irving, John The World According to Garp
  35. Ishiguro, Kazuo: Remains of the Day - Finished on January 30, 2014
  36. James, Henry: The Wings of the Dove
  37. Kawabata, Yasunari: Snow Country
  38. Kerouac, Jack: On the Road
  39. Lady Muraski: The Tale of the Genji
  40. Marlowe, Christopher: Doctor Faustus
  41. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: Love in the Time of Cholera
  42. McCullers, Carson: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  43. Miller, Arthur: Death of a Salesman
  44. Morrison, Toni: Beloved - Finished May 31, 2013
  45. O’Connor, Flannery: Wise Blood
  46. Orczy, Baroness: The Scarlet Pimpernel
  47. Orwell, George: 1984
  48. Paton, Alan: Cry, the Beloved Country
  49. Proulx, Annie: The Shipping News - Finished on March 2, 2014
  50. Radcliffe, Anne: The Mysteries of Udolpho
  51. Salinger, J.D.: The Catcher in the Rye
  52. Seton, Anya: Katherine - Finished November 20, 2013
  53. Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
  54. Sophocles: The Three Theban Plays (Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus)
  55. Soseki, Natsume: Kokoro
  56. Steinbeck, John: Cannery Row
  57. Thackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity Fair
  58. Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
  59. Turgenev, Ivan: Fathers and Sons
  60. Voltaire: Candide
  61. Vonnegut, Kurt: Slaughterhouse Five
  62. Walker, Alice: The Color Purple - Finished April 20, 2013
  63. Waugh, Evelyn: Brideshead Revisited
  64. Welch, James: Winter in the Blood
  65. Williams, Tennessee: A Streetcar Named Desire - Finished on March 30, 2013
  66. Woolf, Virginia: To the Lighthouse
The following works were added after my original list.
67. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall: Anne Bronte
68. Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady: Samuel Richardson
69: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - Finished August 10, 2013
70. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (re-read finished March 19, 2013)
71. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
72. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
73. Parade's End by Ford Maddox Ford
74. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather - Finished July 15, 2013
75. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather - Finished July 30, 2013
76. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte - Finished August 22, 2013
77. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe - Finished May 15, 2014
78. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte


  1. So many wonderful books! North and South is on my list as well. I really liked Cranford.

  2. A fellow Classics Clubber! Thanks for the follow on my blog :) You have a great list here. I swear every time I look at someone's list, I think of more classics I'd like to eventually read! I hope five years from now, I'll be able to rejoin with a new list. Good luck with your list :)

  3. Okay Jen I am making my list and will update my blog this weekend. Have a good break.