Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The Classics Club 5 Year Challenge

Because I really want to push myself, I decided that I would also take part in this awesome challenge. The idea is to choose 50 (or more) classic books to read and blog about to keep discussions going about these books. You then set yourself a time limit of up to 5 years to read them and blog about them.

I've chosen to give myself the full five years (2020), just to ensure that I can complete it and give it my full attention as well as complete all my other goals. If I complete it within that time, I will be doing another list. There are also some books on here that cross over with my 2015 reading challenge which I feel will give me a good jumping off point to get this started.

On my list there are some books that I HAVE read before as I want to review them and share my love of them with other people. I have shown which these are by using *

1. Watership Down by Richard Adams*
2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte*
4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett*
5. The Essential Kafka by Franz Kafka
6. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
7. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielwski
8. The Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin
9. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
10. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
11. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
13. Beowulf by Seamus Heaney
14. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
15. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
16. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
17. Turn of the Screw by Henry James*
18. White Fang by Jack London
19. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
20. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller*
21. Animal Farm by George Orwell
22. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath*
23. Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
24. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
25. Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott
26. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley*
27. The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
28. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathon Swift
29. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
30. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
31. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
32. Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
33. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
34. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde*
35. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
36. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott*
37. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
38. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
39. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
40. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
41. The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett
42. A Study In Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
43. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle*
44. The Three Muskateers by Alexandre Dumas
45. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo*
46. The Story of my Life by Helen Keller
47, The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux*
48. Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov
49. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
50. The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson*

I'm really excited about this whole thing and I hope that other people are inspired to join in and discuss classics with me. I have made a Goodreads shelf if anyone wants to look at the books in more detail. The books that I have read before, I have marked as "want to read" but added to the shelf "books read before Goodreads" so that I can mark off when I have finished for this challenge.


  1. I would definitely need 5 years to read all of those, You have some meaty choices there!

    1. Definitely! I figured I may as well go for it with having 5 years to read them all!

  2. The Three Musketeers is a fun one! Welcome to the club!

    1. Thank you! I'm really happy I found this club!