Friday, March 9, 2012

The Classics Club

Hosted by Jillian @ A Room of One's Own
this is not a challenge but a book club with the idea that participants commit to reading a  number of classics in a certain time from a list chosen by themselves.

My Goal: To read 60 (maybe more) books in five years from the following list.  This list, compiled rather quickly and which I've tried to make as varied as possible is subject to change & growth as I go.I would like more Aus/NZ classics but I need to seek out some I haven't read. If at any time I feel my progress needs rewarding I shall treat myself to a book on my list. I've also created a page for easy access to my list which will have the links to my blog posts.
Start date: 9 March, 2012
Finish date: 9 March, 2017

Persuasion by Jane Austen
Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Mists of Avalon by Marian Zimmer Bradley (reread)
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
Possession by A S Byatt
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
No Name by Wilkie Collins

The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns
Diary of a Provincial Lady by E M Delderfield
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Howard's End by E M Forster
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

Westwood by Stella Gibbons
The Yellow Wallpaper & Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Odd Women by George Gissing
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
South Riding by Winifred Holtby
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

The Godwits Fly by Robin Hyde
Washington Square by Henry James
Three men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
Strangers and Wayfarers by Sarah Orne Jewett
The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski (novella)
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Short stories by Katherine Mansfield
The Third Miss Symons by F M Mayor (novella)
A House for Mr Biswas by V S Naipaul
The Harp in the South by Ruth Park

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
?? by Muriel Spark
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Vanity Fair by William M Thackeray
??? by Angela Thirkell
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
With Anthony Trollope in New Zealand (NF)
Kristin Lavransdattar by Sigrid Undset

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim
Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster (novella)
The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
???? by Dorothy Whipple
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


  1. You have some books I've loved lined up, and a few that will be on my list too - I'm still working it out. happy reading!

    1. I began to have trouble chopping and changing my choices so decided to go with what I had. Other people's lists are so tempting.