The Classics Club: 75 Classics in 5 Years Book List

I first heard about the Classics Club  in May from Mama Needs A Book blog. It sounded like a great way to read all the classics I have been adding to my long To-Read list on Goodreads. I have been averaging one classic every 1-2 months this year, so now that I am joining a challenge, it will help keep me on track and accountable for a long-term goal of reading classics.

The challenge is pretty simple: Choose at least 50  books to read in 5 years.  Blog about your list of books (which I will do below),  then review them as I read them, linking the review to this list so they care easily accessible. I am starting this month, July 2020, so I will plan to finish the seventy-five books by July 2025. If I start a book and end up not liking it, I can stop and add a new classic to replace that one with a different classic. If I decide even prior to starting a book that I want to replace it with a different classic, that is fine too (and I can consult my Back Up list. So, this list is somewhat fluid. What constitutes as a 'classic'? That is pretty subjective and fluid as well. For this challenge, it will be books that have stood the test of time for around fifty years. My list includes British classics, modern classics, Christian classics, and children's classics.

I will be linking my reviews on each classic as I read them, so anything that has a hyperlink denotes a book I have read and reviewed so far. 

So, without further ado, here are my 75 books I am hoping to read in the next 5 years.

Beginning Date: July 2020
End Goal: July 2025

1. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719) (READ 9/2020)

 2. Tales From Shakespeare by Charles Lamb (1807)

3. The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (1812)

4. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (1817) (READ 10/2020)

5. Villette by Charlotte Brontë (1843) (READ 4/2021)

6. The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear by Edward Lear (1846)

7. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (1848)

8. Shirley by Charlotte Brontë (1849)

  10.Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)

11. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell (1853)

12. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854)

13. Silas Marner by George Elliot (1861)

14. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (1866) READ 2/2021

15. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (1872)

16. Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy (1872)

17. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (1874) READ 8/2020

18. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott (1875) (READ 4/2021)

20. Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss (1880) RE-READ 11/2020

21. Humility by Andrew Murray (1884)

22. A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1) by Arthur Conan Doyle (1887) READ 11/2020

23. Waiting on God by Andrew Murray (1896)

24. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900) READ 8/2020

25. Peter Rabbit's Giant Storybook  by Beatrix Potter (1902) [Read with Elliot]

26. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin (1903)

27. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy (1905) READ 7/2020

28. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)  (READ 12/2020)
29. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit (1906)

31. The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton (1911) (READ 2/2021)

32. Mother by Kathleen Thompson Norris (1911)

33. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (1913)

34. Laddie: A True Blue Story  by Gene Stratton-Porter (1913)

35. Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1916)

36. Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables, #7) by L.M. Montgomery (1919)

37. Kristin Lavransdatter (#1-3) by Sigrid Undset (1920-1922)

38. The Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter (1925)

39. Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery (1925)

40. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery (1926) (READ 1/2021)

41. The Complete Tales of Winne-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (1926-1928) [Read with Elliot]

42. The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield (1930)

43. Swallows and Amazons (Arthur Ransome) (1930)

44. Testament of Youth (1933) by Vera Brittain

45. Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (1935)

46. Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie (1936)

47. The Hobbit  by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937) [READ 2/2021]

48. Lark Rise (Lark Rise to Crandleford #1) by Flora Thompson (1939)

49. The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis (1940)

50. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (1945)

51. Springs in the Valley by Lettie Cowman (1946)

52. Mountain of Spices by Hannah Hurnard (1964)  [re-read]

53. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton (1948)

54. The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (1949)

55. The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria August von Trapp (1949)

56. Three Blind Mice and Other Stories by Agatha Christie (1950)

57. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (1951) (READ 10/2020)

58. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1952) (READ 8/2020)

59. We Made A Garden by Margery Fish (1956)

60. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (1956) (READ 4/2021)

61. The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson (1958)

62. The Day Christ was Born by Jim Bishop (1960) READ 12/2020

63. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1961)

64. A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis (1961) READ 7/2020

65. Dawn by Elie Wiesel (1961)

66. Day by Elie Wiesel (1961)

67. Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge (1964)

68. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein (1964)

69. A Place on Earth by Wendell Berry (1967)
70. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay (1967)

71. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (1971) 

72.  The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer (1971) READ 11/2020

73. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff (1973)

74. Roots by Alex Haley (1976)

75. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (1977)

Back-Up List

Emily's Quest by L.M. Montgomery (1927)

Bewildering Cares by Winifred Peck (1940)

Adventures in Prayer by Catherine Marshall (1975)

Hounds of Baskerville by Arthur Conan Doyle (1902)

Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl (1946)

L'Abri by Edith Schaeffer (1972)


Have you read any of these books, and if so, what did you think about them? Do you have a recommendation of which book(s) to read sooner rather than later?