The Classics Club – 50 books in Five Years!

I came across The Classics Club on Goodreads and was immediately tempted to join. The club was created in 2012 by a blogger who wanted to see more people posting about classics, talking about classics and, of course, reading more classics. There are SO many books that I have wanted to revisit or read for the first time and this seemed the perfect opportunity to do just that. So I joined up and today I would like to share with you my chosen 50(ish) books. I’ll then endeavour to read and write about them over the next five years. I wanted to create a list rich in variety of both books that I’ve loved earlier in my life and books that I’m inspired to read. I can’t wait to get started.

If you would like to find out more about The Classics Club then please visit their website here.

I have mostly chosen novels but there are also some memoir and short story collections.


1984 by George Orwell – published 1949

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – published 1868

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – published 1847

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – published 1818

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien – published 1937

The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien – published 1954

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – published 1934

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – published 1937

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – published 1939

Ordeal By Innocence by Agatha Christie – published 1958

Crooked House by Agatha Christie – published 1949

Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie – published 1940

Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie – published 1933

The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie – published 1942

Endless Night by Agatha Christie – published 1967

The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie – published 1961

The Hollow by Agatha Christie – published 1946

Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie – published 1936

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie – published 1926

The 4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie – published 1957

Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie – published 1956

The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie – published 1925

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie- published 1920

Curtain by Agatha Christie – published 1975

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – published 1925

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – published 1932

Persuasion by Jane Austen – published 1818

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey – published 1962

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – published 1925

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf – published 1927

The Handmaids Tail by Margaret Atwood – published 1985

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood – published 1996

Stoner by John Williams – published 1965

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum – published 1984

I, Robot by Issac Asimov – published 1950

A Room With a View by E M Forster – published 1908

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields – published 1993

Larry’s Party by Carol Shields – published 1997

Mary Swann by Carol Shields – published 1987

Happenstance by Carol Shields – published 1980

The Republic of Love by Carol Shields – published 1992

The War of the Worlds by H G Wells – published 1898

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D H Lawrence – published 1928

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – published 1902

The Lotus Caves by John Christopher – published 1969

If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon – published 1985

Mary Poppins by P L Travers – published 1934

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – published 1847

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick – published 1962

The Outsider by Albert Camus – published 1942

The Ladykiller by Martine Cole – published 1993

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – published 1953

Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman – published 1998

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen – published 1993

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling – published 2007

The Hours by Michael Cunningham – published 1998

The Firm by John Grisham – published 1991

The Shining by Stephen King – published 1977


The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho – published 1987

Short Stories

Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie (short story collection) – published 1934

The Last Seance by Agatha Christie (short story collection) – published 1926


For those of you counting, I realise I’ve gone over 50 (and more may be added yet!) but I’d love to read each and every one.

So what do you think of my list? I’m sure you’ve heard of most, if not all of them. I shall keep you updated on each and every one as I read so do be sure to follow the blog.

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