The Classics Club

So, I came across The Classics Club , and decided to make a list of the numerous classics I’ve been wanting to read, but couldn’t, because something or the other kept getting in the way. Mostly, not knowing where to start.
The Classics Club solved that problem for me. I can choose the books – the number and the titles – I feel I can read in five years time.
But as I sat down to make a list of the 50 – maximum 70, I told myself – books, I felt myself drowning in the sea of literary masterpieces. And it was a happy drowning. I listed down at least 250 books I’d like to read in the coming five years.

The task consumed me for more than 3 days, and towards the end of it, which is now, I am still not sure I have covered everything!
Anyway, I think one should draw a line somewhere, and though I am not completely satisfied with the list, this is it!


1. Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart

2. Alcott, Louisa M: Little Women

3. Alighieri, Dante: Inferno

4. Alighieri, Dante: The Divine Comedy

5. Anand, Mulk Raj: The Untouchable

6. Anonymous: One Thousand and One Nights

7. Anonymous: The Song of Roland

8. Apuleius: The Golden Ass

9. Aristotle: Poetics

10. Aurelius, Marcus: Meditations

11. Austen, Jane: Emma


12. Balzac, Honore de: The Black Sheep

13. Beckett, Samuel: Waiting for Godot

14. Beecher-Stowe, Harriet: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

15. Beowulf

16. Boccaccio, Giovanni: The Decameron

17. Bond, Ruskin: The Room on the Roof

18. Bradbury, Ray: Fahrenheit 451. Review here.

19. Brontë, Anne: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

20. Brontë, Charlotte: Jane Eyre.

21. Brontë, Emily: Wuthering Heights

22. Buck, Pearl S: The Good Earth

23. Bunyan, John: Pilgrim’s Progress

24. Burgess, Anthony: A Clockwork Orange


25. Camus, Albert: The Stranger

26. Capote, Truman: Breakfast At Tiffany’s

27. Carroll, Lewis: Alice in Wonderland 

28. Cervantes, Miguel de: Don Quixote

29. Chandler, Raymond: The Big Sleep

30. Chaudhuri, Nirad C: The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian

31. Chatterjee, Bankim Chandra: Rajmohan’s Wife

32. Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury Tales

33. Chopin, Kate: The Awakening

34. Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White

35. Conrad, Joseph: Nostromo

36. Cooper, James Fennimore: The Last of the Mohicans

37. Cooper, James Fennimore: The Pioneers


38. Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe

39. Del Castillo, Bernel Diaz: Conquest of Mexico

40. Devi, Rajlaxmi: The Hindu Wife

41. Dey, Lal Behari: Govinda Samanta

42. Dickens, Charles: David Copperfield

43. Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist

44. Disraeli, Benjamin: Sybil

45. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment.  Review here.

46. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor: The Idiot 

47. Doyle, Arthur Conan: The White Company

48. Dr Seuss: The Cat in the Hat

49. Dumas, Alexandre: The Man in the Iron Mask

 50. Dutt, Toru: Bianca


51. Eliot, George: Middlemarch

52. Epic of Gilgamesh

53. Erckmann, Emile and Chatrian, Alexandre: Waterloo


54. Fanon, Frantz: Black Skins, White Masks

55. Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury

56. Fielding, Henry: Tom Jones

57. Ftizgerald, F. Scott: Tender is the Night

58. Flaubert: Gustave: Madame Bovary

59. Forster, E. M: A Room With A View

60. Foucault, Michael: Madness and Civilization


61. Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South

62. Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von: Faust

63. Gogol, Nikolai: Dead Souls

64. Golding, William: Lord of the Flies

65. Greene, Graham: The Quiet American


66. Hale, E. E: Man Without A Country

67. Hardy, Thomas: Jude the Obscure

68. Harrer, Heinrich: Seven Years in Tibet

69. Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter

70. Heller, Joseph: Catch-22

71. Hemingway, Earnest: Farewell to Arms

72. Herodotus: The Histories

73. Hesse, Hermann: Siddhartha

74. Homer: Iliad

75. Homer: Odyssey

76. Hope, Anthony: The Prisoner of Zenda

77. Hugo, Victor: The Hunchback of Notredam

78. Hurston, Zora Neale: Their Eyes Were Watching God

79. Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World


80. Jacobsen, Jens Peter: Neils Lyhne

81. James, Henry: A Portrait of a Lady

82. Jerome, Jerome K: Three Men in a Boat

83. Joyce, James: Ulysses

84. Joyce, James: The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man


85. Kafka, Franz: Metamorphosis

86. Kierkegaard, Soren: Fear and Trembling

87. Kipling, Rudyard: Kim


88. Lampedusa, Guiseppe di: The Leopard

89. Leslie, Doris: The Scepter and the Rose

90. Lewis, C. S: The Magician’s Nephew

91. Lewis, C. S: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

92. Lewis, C. S: The Horse and His Boy

93. Lewis, C. S: Price Caspian

94. Lewis, C. S: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

95. Lewis, C. S: The Silver Chair

96. Lewis, C. S: The Last Battle


97. Maugham, W. Somerset: Of Human Bondage

98. Maurier, Daphne du: Rebecca

99. McCullers, Carson: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

100. Melville, Herman: Moby-Dick

101. Miller, Henry: Tropic of Cancer

102. Milton, John: Paradise Lost

103. Mitchell, Margaret: Gone With the Wind

104. Montgomery, L. M: Anne of Green Gables

105. More, Thomas: Utopia

106. Morrison, Toni: Song of Solomon

107. Mukerji, Dhan Gopal: Caste and Outcaste


108. Nehru, Jawaharlal: The Discovery of India

109. Nietzsche, Friedrich: The Antichrist

110. Nietzsche, Friedrich: Thus Spake Zarathustra

111. Nokobov, Vladimir: Lolita


112. O’Connor, Flannery: Wise Blood

113. Oe, Kenzaburo: A Personal Matter

114. Orwell, George: Animal Farm

115. Orwell, George: Nineteen Eighty-Four

116. Ovid: Metamorphoses


117. Paine, Thomas: The Rights of Man

118. Parkman, Francis: The Oregon Trail

119. Peacock, Thomas Love: Nightmare Abbey

120. Petronius: Satryicon

121. Plato: Republic

122. Porter, Jane: The Scottish Chiefs

123. Proust, Marcel: In Search of Lost Time

124. Pushkin, Aleksandr: The Captain’s Daughter


125. Rao, Raja: Kanthapura

126. Richardson, Samuel: Clarissa

127. Rilke, Rainer Maria: The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

128. Rousseau, Jean-Jaques: Confessions


129. Sade, Marquis de and Sade, Donatien Alphonse Francois: 120 Days of Sodom

130. Sartre, Jean-Paul: Being and Nothingness

131. Sathianandan, Krupabai: Kamala: The Story of a Hindu Life

132. Schiller, Frederick: Joan of Arc

133. Scott, Walter: Ivanhoe

134. Sewell, Anna: Black Beauty

135. Spark, Muriel: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

136. Spyri, Johanna: Heidi. Review here.

137. Steinbeck, John: Grapes of Wrath

138. Stendhal: The Red and the Black

139. Sterne, Laurence: Tristam Shandy

140. Stevenson, Robert Louis: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

141. Stoker, Bram: Dracula

142. Swift, Jonathan: Gulliver’s Travels


143. Thackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity Fair

144. Thoreau, Henry David: Walden

145. Toole, John Kennedy: A Confederacy of Dunces

146. Tolkein, J. R. R: The Fellowship of the Ring

147. Tolkein, J. R. R: The Two Towers

148. Tolkein, J. R. R: The Return of the King

149. Tolstoy, Leo: War and Peace

150. Travers, P. L: Mary Poppins

151. Tressell, Robert: The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

152. Trollope, Anthony: The Way We Live Now

153. Turgenev, Ivan: Fathers and Sons

154. Twain, Mark: Life on the Mississippi

155. Tzu, Lao: Tao Te Ching


156. Verne, Jules: Journey to the Center of the Earth

157. Virgil: The Aeneid

158. Voltaire: Candide

159. Vonnegut, Kurt: Slaughterhouse-Five


160. Wallace, Lew: Ben Hur

161. Warren, Robert Penn: All The King’s Men

162. Wells, H. G: The Time Machine

163. Wilde, Oscar: The Importance of being Earnest

164. Woolf, Virginia: A Room of One’s Own

I am going to start with this list from 1st May 2013, which brings the finish date to 1st May 2018.

Well, wish me luck!

Join The Classics Club here.


7 thoughts on “The Classics Club

  1. That’s such a big list! Good luck.
    I can recommend the club readathons, sync readings and spins as a way to motivate you and socialise at the same time 🙂

      1. Good luck! I am a fellow #classicsclub member and have already read:
        Gone With the Wind
        War & Peace
        Brave New World (one of my all time favs)
        Tender Is the Night
        Lord of the Flies
        Their Eyes Were Warching God
        Anything by John Stienbeck is amazing!
        And a few others you have on your list. They are all great books, you will enjoy them. I’m excited for you and your upcoming reads!

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