The Classics Club

The number of books on my bucket list feels nearly infinite – so, starting in 2015, I thought I’d join The Classics Club, which unites bloggers reading classic literature.

Here’s a list of about 80 classics I’d like to read before 2020. Most of them are works I see referenced constantly in other books, and I’d like to see what all the fuss is about!

Medieval through Pre-Victorian

1304: Inferno / The Divine Comedy by Dante Aligieri
1350: The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
1605: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
1719: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
1722: A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe
1759: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
1818: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
1811: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


1847: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
1847: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
1851: Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1853: Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
1854: Walden by Henry David Thoreau
1857: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1859: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
1860: The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
1861: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
1861: Silas Marner by George Eliot
1862: No Name by Wilkie Collins
1874: Middlemarch by George Eliot
1895: Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Early Twentieth Century

1899: The Awakening by Kate Chopin
1904: Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
1908: A Room With A View by E.M. Forster
1910: Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
1914/1970: Maurice by E.M. Forster
1918: My Antonia by Willa Cather
1920: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
1924: A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
1924: In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
1928: Orlando by Virginia Woolf
1928: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
1929: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
1931: Light in August by William Faulkner
1930: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1931: The Waves by Virginia Woolf
1937: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
1939: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
1940: For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
1945: Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (I even visited Cannery Row itself in Monterey, California!)

Late Modernism

1946: The Stranger by Albert Camus
1947: The Plague by Albert Camus
1952: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1955: Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
1957: On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Postmodernism & Contemporary Maybe-Classics

1965: The Magus by John Fowles
1966: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
1969: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin
1972: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
1977: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
1979: If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
1980: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
1981: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
1984: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
1985: White Noise by Don DeLillo
1988: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
1999: Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee

Iberia & Latin America

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (re-read in Spanish)
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Feast of the Goat by Marcos Vargas Llosa
Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz
House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo
The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
All the Names by Jose Saramago
The Double by Jose Saramago
Balthasar and Bluminda by Jose Saramago
The History of the Siege of Lisbon by Jose Saramago
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
Os Lusíadas by Luís Vaz de Camões (children’s edition)

Memoirs, Dialogues, Poetry, & Essays

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster
The Uses of Literature by Italo Calvino
Selected Poems by Jorge Luis Borges
Conversations, Vol. 1 by Jorge Luis Borges
Conversations, Vol. 2 by Jorge Luis Borges
Journey to Portugal: In Pursuit of Portugal’s History and Culture by Jose Saramago