Fifty Classic Books

This is my list of fifty classic books I will be reading to take on the challenge sponsored by The Classics Club.

Currently Reading:  “Our Mutual Friend” by Charles Dickens and “One Day In the Life On Ivan Denisovich” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Here are the club’s ground rules:

  • Choose fifty classic books.  I’ve chosen fifty novels.
  • Post the list on your blog.  My list is below.
  • Choose a reading-completion goal date up to five years in the future.  My date is November 1, 2023.
  • Write a review of each book when finished reading it and post it on your blog.
  • Submit each book review to The Classics Club website.
  • I’ve not followed through on writing reviews.  I’ve found that I disliked it so much that I can’t bring myself to work on a review.  I will continue with the reading.
  • One’s list can be fluid – books can be added or removed.

My List                          Completion Date:  December 1, 2023

(Completed books are in blue.)

  1.  Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart                               June 22, 2020
  2.  Baldwin, James: Go Tell it on the Mountain
  3.  Bolano, Roberto:  The Savage Detectives
  4.  Bradbury, Ray:  Fahrenheit 451
  5.  Camus, Albert: The Plague
  6.  Chekov, Anton:  Stories
  7.  De Balzac, Honore:  Pere Goriot
  8.  DeLillo, Don:  White Noise                                                   February 25, 2019
  9. Dickens, Charles:  One Mutual Fiend
  10.  Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment
  11.  Eco, Umberto: The Name of the Rose
  12.  Ellison, Ralph: The Invisible Man
  13.  George Elliot, Middlemarch
  14.  Flaubert, Gustav: Madame Bovary
  15.  Ford, Ford Madox: The Good Soldier
  16.  Fowles, John: The Collector, The French Lieutenant’s Woman
  17.  Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South
  18.  Gogol, Nikolai: Dead Souls
  19.  Greene, Graham: The Quiet American
  20.  Hansberry, Lorraine: A Raisin in the Sun
  21.  Hardy, Thomas: The Mayor of Casterbridge
  22.  Heller, Joseph: Catch-22
  23.  Hemingway, Ernest: For Whom the Bell Tolls
  24.  Hurston, Zora Neale: Their Eyes Were Watching God       October 30, 2018
  25.  Ishiguro, Kazuo: The Remains of the Day                             May 10, 2019
  26.  Knowles, John: A Separate Peace                                            December 18, 2018
  27.  Lamb, Wally:  I Know This Much Is True
  28. Laxness, Halldór:  Independent People
  29.  Lermontov, Mikhail: A Hero of Our Time
  30.  McCullers, Carson: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  31.  Moberg, Vilhelm: The Emigrants
  32.  Morrison, Toni: The Song Of Solomon
  33.  Murakami, Haruki: Norwegian Wood
  34.  Nabokov, Vladimir: Pale Fire
  35.  Naipaul, VS:  A Bend in the River
  36.  O’Connor, Flannery: A Good Man is Hard to Find
  37.  Pamuk, Orhan: My Name is Red
  38.  Pasternak, Boris: Doctor Zhivago
  39.  Pushkin, Alexander: Eugene Onegin
  40.  Rhys, Jean: Wide Sargasso Sea
  41.  Roth, Joseph:  The Radetsky March                                      February 05, 2019
  42.  Roth, Philip, American Pastoral
  43.  José Saramago, Blindness
  44.  Solzhenitsyn, Alexander: Cancer Ward, One Day In the Life Of Ivan Denisovich
  45.  Steinbeck, John: East of Eden
  46.  Stendhal: The Charterhouse of Parma
  47.  Tan, Amy:  The Joy Luck Club
  48.  Thackeray, William Makepeace, Vanity Fair
  49.  Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
  50.  Trollope, Anthony: The Way We Live Now
  51.  Turgenev, Ivan: Fathers and Sons
  52.  Wright, Richard: Native Son
  53. Morante, Elsa:  History