Friday, January 16, 2015

Classics Club Reading Challenge - My List

This is Bibliohistoria.

I just found this challenge today on Pinterest. 
This is my Pinterest Book Challenges Board

The challenge is to read 50 classics, over the next 5 years, and write reviews.  There have been a lot of classics that I have not yet read, so I think I will join this challenge. I even started up this new blog, just for this challenge.

Below is the BIG BOOK LIST, to use as a jumping off point. Classics are considered to be any book more than 25 years old - so for me that means any book published BEFORE 1990!!!

I have chosen to read approximately 10 books per year - which averages out to one classic book per month. If I can read one book per month, I should be able to finish 50 books in 50 months, which is 4 years and 2 months.The following books are on MY LIST.

Adams, Richard: Watership Down

Alcott, Louisa May: Little Men

Anonymous: One Thousand and One Nights

Austen, Jane: Emma Persuasion

Austen, Jane: Mansfield Park

Barrie, J.M.: Peter Pan

Baum, L. Frank: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Boccaccio, Giovanni: The Decameron

Bradbury, Ray: Fahrenheit 451

Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights

Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden

Burroughs, Edgar Rice: Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins 

Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury Tales

Collins, Wilkie: The Moonstone
Conan Doyle, Arthur: A Study in Scarlet
Cooper, James Fenimore: The Pathfinder

Cooper, James Fenimore: The Pioneers

Crane, Stephen: Red Badge of Courage

Dante: The Divine Comedy

Defoe, Daniel: Moll Flanders

Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist

Eco, Umberto: The Name of the Rose

Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby

Franklin, Benjamin: Autobiography

Gaskell, Elizabeth: The Life of Charlotte Bronte

Haggard, Henry Rider: King Solomon’s Mines

Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter

Hemingway, Ernest: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Hesse, Hermann: Siddhartha

Johnson, Ben: Volpone

Keller, Helen: The Story of My Life

Kempe, Margery: The Book of Margery Kempe

Kipling, Rudyard: Kim

Machiavelli, Niccolo: The Prince

Mansfield, Katherine: The Garden Party & Other Stories

Marlowe, Christopher: Doctor Faustus

Paine, Thomas: Common Sense

Pamuk, Orhan: My Name is Red

Pepys, Samuel: Diary of Samuel Pepys

Plato: The Trial and Death of Socrates

Plutarch: Parallel Lives

Rushdie, Salman: The Satanic Verses

Shakespeare, William: All’s Well That Ends Well

Shakespeare, William: Merchant of Venice

Tan, Amy: The Joy Luck Club

Truth, Sojourner: Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Twain, Mark: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Twain, Mark: The Prince and the Pauper

Tzu, Sun: The Art of War

Verne, Jules: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

All of the books on this list, are from the BIG Book List, so I will most likely be doing some swapping out, especially if I cannot get an e-book or PDF copy of these books. 

I am reading these all as E-Books or as PDFs.

A few of these books I have read, but MOST of them I have not, although I may have read other books and plays by these authors. 

I am writing this in January 2015 which makes this the PERFECT time to start. The five years will therefore end in December 2019. 

I have now added a second list to this challenge 

This means that I now have a total of 100 books to read over the next 50 months. That means I plan on reading a minimum of 2 books from these 2 lists per month. 

50 months is 4 years and 2 months, which leaves me some extra months "just in case". 


  1. Welcome to the club! Watership Down is incredible!

  2. You have some wonderful books there, Bibliohistoria. I read The Joy Luck Club many years ago, in the 1980's and really enjoyed it. Very good. And I read Watership Down even earlier than that, and loved it. I hope you enjoy this challenge. It's quite a challenge, though I'm doing a version over one year! lol Good luck and may you find you enjoy some new books here. I'm adding you to my blogroll so I can check in on what you read :-)

  3. Glad to see I'm not the only one running two classics list ;-)