Classics Club

The Classics Club is a challenge-slash-book-club designed to promote blogging about classic books! The goal is to read and blog about at least 50 classic books within five years. I like the idea because there are so many books I’ve been meaning to read for a lifetime, and engaging with a classic is rewarding both on a personal level and in building a mental library of allusions and literary conventions… Plus we’re encouraged to define our own classics as long as they’re more than 25 years old, so I’m counting some scifi/horror/comics/queer classics because that’s how I roll.

I’ll link each title as I review it, which should be about once a month given the time limit. This list is sorted roughly by how soon I might be able to read the book, but I’ll reorder it as things develop further. I may also change out a few titles if something isn’t working out or I don’t have anything to say on it, so feel free to recommend more books (or vote to move a book higher if you’re super into it!)

Goal date: March 1, 2022

  1. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (February 2017)
  2. A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor (March 2017)
  3. The Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus (May 2017)
  4. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft (June 2017)
  5. Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon (August 2017)
  6. The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov (September 2017)
  7. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (October 2017)
  8. Cain by Lord Byron (November 2017)
  9. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin (December 2017)
  10. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (January 2018)
  11. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (February 2018)
  12. Dune by Frank Herbert
  13. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  14. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  15. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  16. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  17. The Doom Patrol Archives, Vol. 1
  18. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  19. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  20. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  21. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon
  22. The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
  23. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
  24. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  25. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  26. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
  27. Varney the Vampire by James Malcolm Rymer
  28. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  29. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
  30. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  31. Oz books 1-3 (counting as one) by L. Frank Baum
  32. The Collected Works of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  33. She by H. Rider Haggard
  34. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  35. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  36. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  37. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  38. Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
  39. Faust: A Tragedy by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  40. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  41. The Epic of Gilgamesh (Kovacs/Sandars/Mason versions, counting as one)
  42. Showcase Presents: The Phantom Stranger, Vol. 1
  43. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  44. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  45. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  46. The Love Poems by Ovid
  47. Metamorphoses by Ovid
  48. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  49. Renard the Fox (reread)
  50. The Iliad by Homer
  51. The Odyssey by Homer