My Classics Club List 3.0

10 years ago, on my book blog, I wrote a list of classic books that I wanted to complete in 5 years. If I’m not mistaken, it was this challenge by the Classics Club that inspired me to start a book blog in the first place.

The Classics Club is an online community where readers all over the world participate in challenges, memes and events revolving around reading the classics as well as share their reviews of the books they read. As a nerdy book lover, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Now, a decade later, while I have read several classics I wouldn’t have otherwise, I still haven’t finished the challenge. I didn’t realize it had been so long since that first list!! I did write a 2.0 version back in 2018 and I was supposed to complete it in 2023. However, I haven’t been keeping up with it. This year, I want to revisit it one more time and give it another try! Classics Club List 3.0!

This list has books that I’ve been wanting/needing to read for years, re-reads just for fun or because I didn’t appreciate them the first time, and books that have been on my shelves but haven’t been touched. The titles vary – chunky, short, landmark, foreign, etc.. I’m looking forward to digging into classic books again- it’s been too long!

Alright, enough with the preamble. Here we go!

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(alphabetized by author)

  1. Little Women//Louisa May Alcott (re-read)
  2. An Old-Fashioned Girl//Louisa May Alcott (re-read)
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings//Maya Angelou
  4. Persuasion//Jane Austen (re-read)
  5. Pride & Prejudice//Jane Austen (re-read)
  6. The Handmaid’s Tale//Margaret Atwood
  7. Go Tell it On the Mountain//James Baldwin
  8. Fahrenheit 451//Ray Bradbury
  9. Jane Eyre//Charlotte Bronte (re-read)
  10. The Pilgrim’s Progress//John Bunyan
  11. The Good Earth//Pearl S. Buck (re-read. My mom had me read this when I was probably in junior high and I didn’t appreciate it. I want to give it another chance!)
  12. The Awakening//Kate Chopin
  13. The Red Badge of Courage// Stephan Courage
  14. David Copperfield//Charles Dickens
  15. Crime and Punishment//Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  16. The Count of Monte Cristo//Alexandre Dumas
  17. Middlemarch//George Eliot
  18. Invisible Man//Ralph Ellison
  19. The Great Gatsby//F. Scott Fitzgerald
  20. This Side of Paradise//F. Scott Fitzgerald
  21. Room with a View//E.M. Forster
  22. North and South//Elizabeth Gaskell
  23. Lord of the Flies//William Golding
  24. A Raisin in the Sun//Lorraine Hansberry
  25. The Scarlett Letter//Nathaniel Hawthorne (re-read. I haven’t read this since high school!)
  26. Catch-22//Joseph Heller
  27. For Whom the Bell Tolls//Ernest Hemingway
  28. The Sun Also Rises//Ernest Hemingway
  29. Les Miserables//Victor Hugo
  30. Portrait of a Lady//Henry James
  31. The Story of My Life//Helen Keller
  32. To Kill a Mockingbird//Harper Lee
  33. Moby Dick//Herman Melville
  34. Paradise Lost//John Milton
  35. Anne of the Island//Lucy Maud Montgomery
  36. Beloved//Toni Morrison
  37. 1984//George Orwell
  38. Animal Farm//George Orwell
  39. Common Sense//Thomas Paine
  40. The Catcher in the Rye//J.D. Salinger
  41. Twelfth Night//William Shakespeare (this is my favorite Shakespeare but I’ve never actually read the play all the way through. My copy has been sitting untouched for too long!)
  42. Pygmalion//George Bernard Shaw
  43. The Jungle//Upton Sinclair
  44. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn//Betty Smith
  45. Civil Disobedience//Henry David Thoreau
  46. Anna Karenina//Leo Tolstoy
  47. Huckleberry Finn//Mark Twain
  48. The Color Purple//Alice Walker
  49. Ben Hur//Lew Wallace (re-read. I read this in 8th grade and hated it. I like the movie but I think I was too young to appreciate the book. I want to give it another try)
  50. A Room of One’s Own//Virginia Woolf

If you’re interested in looking into any of these titles, you can check out my complete list on Amazon And if you want to find out more about the Classics Club and how the challenge works, checkout the details here.

Happy Reading!

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