The Classics Club Booklist


This list was made up of the first 50 books that are both on my to-read shelf and listed among the first 5,000 most popular classics on Goodreads. Some of these books I’ve already started reading before I put them on the list, but I will make sure to re-read the little of them that I’ve already covered.

Bold books are the ones that overlap with the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die Complete List. Turquoise, linked books are the ones completed so far. Turquoise, unlinked books are in-progress. This post will serve as a list, and so it will be modified constantly, but as it is a post, quarterly reflections will be posted separately, to track my progress.

Start Date: 26/11/2015
Finish Date: 26/11/2020

  1. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  6. The Plague by Albert Camus
  7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  9. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  10. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  11. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  12. Night by Elie Wiesel
  13. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  14. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  15. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  16. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
  17. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  18. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding
  19. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
  20. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  21. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  22. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  23. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
  24. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  25. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  26. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
  27. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  28. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  29. Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott
  30. Robin Hood, The Prince of Thieves by Alexandre Dumas
  31. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  32. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
  33. The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells
  34. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  35. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  36. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  37. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  38. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  39. Ringworld by Larry Niven
  40. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  41. It by Stephen King
  42. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  43. Cosmos by Carl Sagan
  44. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  45. 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke
  46. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  47. How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler
  48. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  49. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
  50. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

As part of The Classics Club, I will be posting reviews on these books as I go through the list.

2 Responses

  1. Christine @Buckling Bookshelves

    A nice mix of titles! I have been really itching to read more children’s classics and I think I should add Heidi to my list — I forgot about that one 🙂 I’ve gotten behind on my own list, I must admit, but welcome! This is such a fun project that I hope to reinvest more time in 2016 🙂

    • Bouchra

      Thanks for stopping by, Christine! I’m also hoping that 2016 will be the year my to-read list on Goodreads gets shorter — it just keeps growing!

      Will stop by your list soon 🙂

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