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Joining the Classics Club!

Happy Saturday, friends. This is a special edition of my Messy Marginalia and I’m here to say that I’ve decided to join The Classics Club! My sweet friend Laila at Big Reading Life recently joined and it looked like just the club I needed to be in!


What is The Classics Club?

It’s a group of readers who have decided to get serious about reading the classics. The idea is to create a list of at least 50 classics that you’d like to read, give yourself a time table (usually about 5 years), and then report back to other club members when you make progress. How great is that?! Not only do you get to connect with others who want to read great literature, but there’s a bit of accountability to get through your own list. And even better is the fact that this group is pretty liberal about what is considered a “classic,” so there seems to be a lot of leeway when picking your books!

The Classics Club has a great list of books to help you get started and it was really hard to narrow things down. But I decided to do something a little different and focus on female writers for this challenge. Trust me, I’d love to curl up with Dickens and Tolstoy and Fitzgerald, but I think this little twist might be fun.

Without further ado, I hope to read the following books by March 3, 2018:

Author Name Title pub’d Reread? Date Read
1 Allende, Isabel The House of the Spirits 1982
2 Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice 1813 Y
3 Austen, Jane Sense and Sensibility 1811
4 Austen, Jane Emma 1815 Y
5 Austen, Jane Persuasian 1817
6 Austen, Jane Northanger Abbey 1817
7 Bronte, Anne Agnes Gray 1847
8 Bronte, Anne The Tenant of Wildfell Hall 1848
9 Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre 1847 Y
10 Bronte, Charlotte Villette 1853
11 Cather, Willa O Pioneers! 1913
12 Chopin, Kate The Story of an Hour 1894
13 Eliot, George Middlemarch 1871
14 Eliot, George Adam Bede 1859
15 Gaskell, Elizabeth Cranford 1853
16 Gibbons, Stella Cold Comfort Farm 1932
17 Hurston, Zora Neale Dust Tracks on a Road 1937
18 Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God 1942
19 Jackson, Shirley Come Along With Me 1968
20 Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird 1960 Y
21 L’Engle, Madeleine A Wrinkle in Time 1962 Y
22 L’Engle, Madeleine A Wind in the Door 1973
23 L’Engle, Madeleine A Swiftly Tilting Planet 1978
24 L’Engle, Madeleine Many Waters 1986
25 L’Engle, Madeleine An Acceptable Time 1989
26 Mitchell, Margaret Gone With the Wind 1936
27 Morrison, Toni Beloved 1987
28 Morrison, Toni The Bluest Eye 1970 Y
29 Morrison, Toni Song of Solomon 1977
30 O’Connor, Flannery A Good Man is Hard to Find 1953
31 O’Connor, Flannery Everything that Rises Must Converge 1965
32 O’Connor, Flannery Wise Blood 1952
33 O’Connor, Flannery The Violent Bear It Away 1960
34 Read, Miss Thrush Green (TG #!) 1959
35 Read, Miss Winter in Thrush Green (TG #2) 1961
36 Read, Miss Village School (FA #1) 1955
37 Read, Miss Village Diary (FA #2) 1955
38 Rhys, Jean Wide Sargasso Sea 1966
39 Robinson, Marilynne Housekeeping 1980
40 Shelley, Mary Frankenstein 1818
41 Smith, Betty A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1943
42 Undset, Sigrid The Wreath 1920
43 Undset, Sigrid The Wife 1921
44 Undset, Sigrid The Cross 1922
45 Walker, Alice The Color Purple 1982
46 Woolf, Virginia Mrs. Dalloway 1923
47 Woolf, Virginia To the Lighthouse 1927
48 Woolf, Virginia A Room of One’s Own 1929
49 Woolf, Virginia Jacob’s Room 1922
50 Woolf, Virginia The Common Reader 1925

I’ll be back in a few days with yet another list because the club is doing something called a Classics Spin. My task is to come up with twenty unread books on my list (pretty easy right now, right?) and assign each a number between 1-20. The club will then randomly choose a number in that range and – ta da! – that’s the book that I’ll read for this challenge. It sounds like fun!


4 thoughts on “Joining the Classics Club!

    1. Yes – I couldn’t resist after you published your most recent post!! And of course I did it in a spreadsheet – I LIVE by spreadsheets!! 😉

      Can’t wait until we both really get started on this – it will be fun cheering each other on!


  1. GONE WITH THE WIND is the best book on your list. And all of them are awesome. Next best is A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. You should read that one first to have it as a primer for all these great books by women. 🙂 The Story of an Hour by Chopin is my favorite short story. I’m interested in Undset’s “The Wife.”

    Enjoy, & welcome to the club! 🙂


    1. Thanks Jillian! I can’t wait to read nearly everything on my list and am happy to hear that I picked a few of your favorites 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


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