The Classic Club

I recently stumbled upon The Classic Club, a blog that brings together classic readers. I decided to take the plunge and join.  I have compiled a humungous list of 202 books, which I want to read in, preferably, 5 years. Although I do realise that I set myself a very high goal,I truly want to try to read all these classics within five years. 

The list is compiled of Dutch, English, American, German and French classics. As I am proficient in Dutch, being my native language, and English I will read these books in their original languages. My German is not as good as my Dutch and English, but I will have a go and try to read the books in German. My French on the other hand is basically non-existent, although I will have a try I’ll probably read them in English.

Start date: 18 August 2012
Finish date: 18 August 2017
Currently reading: Dracula – Bram Stoker & The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
Next read: ?

Rereads       Finished

  1. Aesop – Aesop’s Fables
  2. Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women
  3. Alighieri, Dante – La Divina Comedia
  4. Anonymous – Beowulf
  5. Anonymous – The Arabian Nights
  6. Anonymous – The Song of the Nibelungs
  7. Atwood, Margaret – The Handmaid’s Tale
  8.  Austen, Jane – Emma
  9. Austen, Jane – Mansfield Park
  10. Austen, Jane – Northanger Abbey
  11. Austen, Jane – Persuasion
  12. Austen, Jane – Sense and Sensibility
  13. Balzac, Honoré- La Comedie Humaine
  14. Barrie, J.M – Peter Pan
  15. Beckett, Samuel – Waiting for Godot
  16. Behn, Aphra – The Rover
  17. Braddon, Mary Elizabeth – Lady Audley’s Secret
  18. Bronte, Charlotte – Shirley
  19. Bronte, Charlotte – Vilette
  20. Cavendish, Margaret – The Blazing New World
  21. Chaucer, Geoffrey – The Canterbury Tales
  22. Cervantes, Miguel de  – Don Quixote
  23. Couperus, Louis – Eline Vere
  24. Chopin, Kate – The Awakening
  25. Chopin, Kate – The Storm
  26. Coetzee, J.M. – Foe
  27. Collins, Wilkie – The Woman in White
  28. Collins, Wilkie – The Moonstone
  29. Crane, Stephen – Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  30. Defoe, Daniel – Moll Flanders
  31. Defoe, Daniel – Robinson Crusoe
  32. Dickens, Charles – A Christmas Carol
  33. Dickens, Charles – Barnaby Rudge
  34. Dickens, Charles – David Copperfield
  35. Dickens, Charles – Hard Times
  36. Dickens, Charles – Little Dorrit
  37. Dickens, Charles – Martin Chuzzlewit
  38. Dickens, Charles – Nicholas Nickelby
  39. Dickens, Charles – Our Mutual Friend
  40. Dickens, Charles – Tale of Two Cities
  41. Dickens, Charles – The Chimes
  42. Dickens, Charles – The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  43. Dickens Charles – The Pickwick Papers
  44. Dis, Adriaan van – Indische Duinen
  45. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – Crime and Punishment
  46. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – The Brothers Karamazov
  47. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – The Eternal Husband
  48. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – The Gambler
  49. Dreiser, Theodore – Sister Carrie
  50. Doyle, Arthur Conan – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes   Part 1
  51. Dumas, Alexander – The Count of Monte Cristo
  52. Dumas, Alexander – The Man in the Iron Mask
  53. Dumas, Alexander – The Three Musketeers
  54. Dumas, Alexander – The Vicomte de Bragellone
  55. Dumas, Alexander – Twenty Years After
  56. Du Maurier, Daphne – Rebecca
  57. Eco, Umberto –The Name of the Rose
  58. Eliot, George – Adam Bede
  59. Eliot, George – Daniel Deronda
  60. Eliot, George – Middle March
  61. Eliot, George – The Mill of the Floss
  62. Eliot, George – Silas Marner
  63. Eliot, T.S. – The Waste Land
  64. Faulkner, William – Absalom, Absalom!
  65. Faulkner, William – As I Lay Dying
  66. Faulkner, William – Light in August
  67. Faulkner, William – The Sound and The Fury
  68. Faulks, Sebastian – Birdsong
  69. Flaubert, Gustav – Madam Bovary
  70. Fielding, Henry – Tom Jones
  71. Fitzgerald, F. Scott – Tender is the Night
  72. Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Beautiful and the Damned
  73. Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Great Gatsby
  74. Fitzgerald, F. Scott – This Side of Paradise
  75. Foer, Jonathan Safran: Everything is Illuminated
  76. Forster, E.M – A Room with a View
  77. Fowles, John – The French Lieutenant’s Whore
  78. Gaskell, Elizabeth – Cranford
  79. Gaskell, Elizabeth – Mary Barton
  80. Gaskell, Elizabeth – North and South
  81. Gaskell, Elizabeth – Wives and Daughters
  82. Gissing, George – New Grub Street
  83. Goethe, Johann Wolfgang – Die Leiden das Jugen Werthers
  84. Goethe, Johann Wolfgang – Faust
  85. Golding, William – Lord of the Flies
  86. Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm – The Complete Fairy Tales
  87. Haase, Hella – Oerog
  88. Hemingway, Ernest – A Farewell to Arms
  89. Hemingway, Ernest – For Whom the Bell Tolls
  90. Hemingway, Ernest – The Old Man and the Sea
  91. Hardy, Thomas – A Pair of Blue Eyes
  92. Hardy, Thomas – Far from the Madding Crowd
  93.  Hardy, Thomas – Tess of D’Ubervilles
  94. Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The House of Seven Gables
  95. Homer – The Iliad
  96. Homer – The Odyssey
  97. Hugo, Victor – Les Miserable
  98. Huston, Zora Neal – Their Eyes Be Watching God
  99. Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World
  100. Ibsen, Henrick – Doll’s House
  101. Ibsen, Henrick – An Enemy of the People
  102. Jonson, Ben – Volpone
  103. Jonson, Ben – The Alchemist
  104. Jonson, Ben – Bartholomew Fair
  105. Joyce, James – Dubliners
  106. Joyce, James – Finnigan’s Wake
  107. Joyce, James – Ulysses
  108. Joyce, James – The Portrait of Young Artist
  109. Kafka, Franz – Metamorphosis
  110. Kafka, Franz – The Trail
  111. Keats, John – Endymion
  112. Keats, John – Hyperion
  113. Keats, John – The Eve of St. Agnes
  114. Kipling, Rudyard – Captain Courageous
  115. Kipling, Rudyard – Kim
  116. Lawrence, D.H. – Sons and Lovers
  117. Lawrence, D.H. – Women in Love
  118. Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mockingbird
  119. Leroux, Gaston – The Phantom of Opera
  120. Lewis, C.S. – The Chronicles of Narnia
  121. Marlow, Christopher – Dr. Faustus
  122. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia – Love in the Time of the Cholera
  123. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia – One Hunderd Years of Solitude
  124. Maughan, W. Somerset – The Complete Short Stories
  125. Milton, John – Paradise Lost
  126. Mitchell, Margaret – Gone with the Wind
  127. Montaigne, Michel de – The Complete Essays
  128. Morrison, Toni – Beloved
  129. Meville, Herman – Moby Dick
  130. Mulish, Harry – The Discovery of Heaven (De Ontdekking van de Hemel)
  131. Mulish, Harry – Two Women (Twee Vrouwen)
  132. Ondaatje, Michael – The English Patient
  133. Orwell, George – 1984
  134. Orwell, George – Animal Farm
  135. Poe, Edgar A. – The Fall of the House of Usher (Short Story)
  136. Pope, Alexander – Eloise and Abelard
  137. Pope, Alexander – Essays on Criticism
  138. Pope, Alexander – The Dunciad
  139. Quincey, Thomas de – Confessions of an English Opium Eater
  140. Radcliffe, Ann – The Mystery of Udolpho
  141. Radcliffe, Ann – The Italian
  142. Remarque, Maria Erich – Im Westen Nichts Neues
  143. Rhys, Jean – Wilde Sargasso Sea
  144. Richardson, Samuel – Clarissa
  145. Richardson, Samuel – Pamela
  146. Rushdie, Salman – Midnight’s Children
  147. Sade, Marquis de – The 120 Days of Sodom
  148. Salinger, J.D. – Catcher in the Rye
  149. Scott, Sir Walter – Waverly
  150. Scott, Sir Walter – Ivanhoe
  151. Seipgens, Emile – Schinderhannes (Limburgs)
  152. Shakespeare, William – As You Like It
  153. Shakespeare, William – Hamlet
  154. Shakespeare, William – Henry IV (part 1 & 2)
  155. Shakespeare, William – Henry V
  156. Shakespeare , William – Henry VI
  157. Shakespeare, William – Julius Caesar
  158. Shakespeare, William – Love Labour’s Lost
  159. Shakespeare, William – King Lear
  160. Shakespeare, William – Much Ado about Nothing
  161. Shakespeare, William – Othello
  162. Shakespeare, William – Richard III
  163. Shakespeare, William – Romeo and Juliet
  164. Shakespeare, William – The Merchant of Venice
  165. Shakespeare, William – The Tempest
  166. Shakespeare, William – The Winter’s Tale
  167. Shakespeare, William – Troilus and Cressida
  168. Shaw, George Bernard – Pygmalion
  169. Steinbeck, John – Of Men and Mice
  170. Steinbeck, John – Grapes of Wrath
  171. Sterne, Laurence – Tristam Shandy
  172. Stevenson, Robert Louis – Treasure Island
  173. Stoker, Bram – Dracula
  174. Swift, Jonathan – Gulliver’s Travels
  175. Tennyson, Alfred Lord – Idylls of the King
  176. Thackeray, William Makepeace – Vanity Fair
  177. Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Fellowship of the Ring
  178. Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Two Towers
  179. Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Return of the King
  180. Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Hobbit
  181. Tolstoy, Leo – War and Peace
  182. Tolstoy, Leo – Anna Karina
  183. Twain, Mark – Adventures of Huckleberry Finne
  184. Twain, Mark – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  185. Twain, Mark – The Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  186. Voltaire – Candide
  187. Vondel, Joost van – Gijsbrecht van Amstel
  188. Vondel, Joost van – Lucifer en Adam
  189. Verne, Jules – Around the World in 80 Days
  190. Verne, Jules – Journey to the Centre of the Earth
  191. Verne, Jules – The Mysterious Island
  192. Verne, Jules – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  193. Wells, H.G. – The Invisible Man
  194. Wells, H.G. – The Time Machine
  195. Wharton, Edith – The Age of Innocence
  196. Wharton, Edith – The House of Mirth
  197. Wiesel, Elie – Night
  198. Wild, Oscar – The Portrait of Dorian Gray
  199. Wild, Oscar – The Importance of Being Earnest
  200. Whitman, Walt – Leaves of Grass
  201. Woolf, Virginia – Mrs. Dalloway
  202. Woolf, Virginia – To the Lighthouse
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15 thoughts on “The Classic Club

  1. Melissa says:

    This is a huge list! You’ve really got all the major authors covered. Good luck!

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  3. Gargi Sharma says:

    It’s a gigantic list! All the best 🙂

  4. Great list! I am also taking part in the classic club and we have a lot of similar books on our lists…but my list is a lot smaller! Good luck!

  5. Risa says:

    I think it’s lovely that you’re multi-lingual…it’ll make the experience of reading many of these classics I can read only in English, wholesome. All the best with your 202! 🙂

    • Thank you very much :D. Personally, I prefer reading the text in the orignal language as it contributes to the feeling and experience of reading a book, but if I don’t know the language I opt for English. Yet I’m looking forward to experiment with reading French 🙂

  6. Cat says:

    Wow! That is a big undertaking. Good luck and I hope you’ll enjoy all of them.

  7. Tien says:

    Welcome to The Classics Club, Josje. and Good Luck, you have a humungous list with quite a few chunksters!

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