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. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
  4. The Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus
  5. Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon
  6. On Rhetoric by Aristotle
  7. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  8. The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  9. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  10. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  11. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  12. The Doom Patrol Archives, Vol. 1
  13. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  14. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  15. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon
  16. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
  17. The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
  18. The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  19. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  20. Dune by Frank Herbert
  21. The Story of My Life by Giacomo Casanova
  22. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  23. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  24. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  25. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
  26. Varney the Vampire by James Malcolm Rymer
  27. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
  28. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  29. The Marvelous Land of Oz/Ozma of Oz/The Emerald City of Oz (counting as one) by L. Frank Baum
  30. The Collected Works of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  31. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  32. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  33. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  34. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  35. Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
  36. Faust: A Tragedy by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  37. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  38. The Epic of Gilgamesh (Kovacs/Sandars/Mason versions, counting as one)
  39. Showcase Presents: The Phantom Stranger, Vol. 1
  40. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  41. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  42. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  43. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  44. The Love Poems by Ovid
  45. Metamorphoses by Ovid
  46. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  47. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  48. Renard the Fox (reread)
  49. The Iliad by Homer
  50. The Odyssey by Homer