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.

Books remaining before September 21, 2020: 13
  1. The Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. Danny Jackson (12/4/2016)
  2. The Aeneid, Virgil (2/20/2019)
  3. The Histories, Herodotus
  4. The Conquest of Gaul, Julius Caesar (2/05/2019)
  5. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. I, Edward Gibbon
  6. One Thousand and One Nights, trans. Husain Haddawy (11/12/2018)
  7. The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
  8. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
  9. The Prince, Machiavelli  (10/28/2018)
  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 (Vol I, Vol II, Vol III - 2/3/2018)
  15. The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom (8/9/2018)
  16. Dracula, Bram Stoker (10/2/2017)
  17. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (10/9/2018)
  18. The Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss (05/21/2019)
  19. Canterbury Tales, Chaucer (4/30/2017)
  20. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen (4/21/2017)
  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 (10/19/2018)
  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 (12/7/2017)
  30. The Federalist Papers, various
  31. The Education of Henry Adams, Henry Adams
  32. Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain  (5/11/2019)
  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 (1/27/2019)
  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 (7/4/2017)
  43. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  44. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  45. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury (6/10/2017)
  46. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou (2/24/2017)
  47. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison (1/12/2019)
  48. Love Among the Ruins, Walker Percy (3/29/2019)
  49. The Moviegoer, Walker Percy (3/21/2019)
  50. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke (2/12/16)


  1. This is an interesting challenge, I may have to partake if/when I ever get my president goal done!

    1. One nice thing about it is that it's a community challenge -- and not just because a mass of people have agreed to do it, but because they keep their blog active, and encourage people to stay active and meet other classics readers. It adds motivation, I think. Also, people are constantly finishing challenges, or just starting it, so there's always new faces. Of course, a lot of people fall off the bus completely!


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