The Classics Club



In late 2015 I decided to join the Classics Club challenge, in which I committed to read fifty classics in five years, sharing reviews or comments as I finished them.  Below are the books I chose, with links to reviews.


  1. The Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. Danny Jackson (12/4/2016)
  2. The Aeneid, Virgil
  3. The Histories, Herodotus
  4. The Conquest of Gaul, Julius Caesar
  5. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. I, Edward Gibbon
  6. One Thousand and One Nights, trans. Husain Haddawy
  7. The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
  8. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
  9. The Prince, Machiavelli 
  10. Inferno, Dante (7/16/2016)
  11. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoeyesky
  12. The Seven-Storey Mountain,  Thomas Merton (3/29/2017)
  13. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
  14. The Gulag Archipelago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  15. The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom
  16. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  17. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  18. The Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss
  19. Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
  20. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
  21. Emma, Jane Austen  (12/29/2015)
  22. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (3/2/2016)
  23. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh (3/26/2016)
  24. The Vicar of Wakefield, Oliver Goldsmith
  25. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (4/1/2016)
  26. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
  27. The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan (3/13/2016)
  28. Lord of the Flies, William Golding (4/3/2016)
  29. Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell
  30. The Federalist Papers, various
  31. The Education of Henry Adams, Henry Adams
  32. Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain 
  33. Up from Slavery, Booker T. Washington (2/19/2017)
  34. The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane (7/6/2016)
  35. Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather (6/27/2016)
  36. O Pioneers!  Willa Cather (7/1/2016)
  37. White Fang, Jack London (6/29/2016)
  38. Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
  39. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
  40. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  41. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  42. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
  43. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  44. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  45. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
  46. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou (2/24/2017)
  47. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  48. Love Among the Ruins, Walker Percy
  49. The Moviegoer, Walker Percy
  50. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke (2/12/16)

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