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Classics Club Challenge

Over the next three years, I am going to be participating in The Classics Club.  This is a project designed to get people to read and discuss classic literature. As per the requirements of the challenge, please find below a list of 50 classic novels which I have never read before (or which I read when I was very young and can’t really remember much about, indicated by an asterisk*). In particular, I want to read some classic science fiction and fantasy, since very little of my reading to date has included this. At some point over the next three years, I have to read and review every book on this list.

15.8.2015 EDITED, largely because I am never going to read Ulysses and have now acknowledged that I never really wanted to. Will probably undergo some more tweaking over the years.

1) The Silmarillion (JRR Tolkein)
2) Flatland (Edwin Abbott Abbott)
3) The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
4) The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Robert Tressell)
5) Agnes Grey (Anne Brontë)
6) The Professor (Charlotte Brontë)
7) Shirley (Charlotte Brontë)
8) Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
9) The War of the Worlds (HG Wells)
10) The Time Machine (HG Wells)
11) Brighton Rock (Graham Greene)
12) The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammett)
13) A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
14) The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
15) The Paper Bag Princess (Robert Munsch)
16) Daniel Deronda (George Eliot)
17) The Robot novels (Isaac Asimov)
18) I, Claudius (Robert Graves)
19) The Man in the High Castle (Philip K Dick)
20) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K Dick)
21) The Children of the New Forest* (Captain Marryat)
22) The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner)
23) The Great Gatsby (F Scott Fitzgerald)
24) Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
25) Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
26) The Trial (Franz Kafka)
27) The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
28) Ruth (Elizabeth Gaskell)
29) All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)
30) The Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
31) Beloved (Toni Morrison)
32) Animal Farm (George Orwell)
33) Are Women Human? (DL Sayers)
34) The Catcher in the Rye (JD Salinger)
35) Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
36) Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
37) Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
38) War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
39) Journey to the Center of the Earth (Jules Verne)
40) Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
41) Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
42) Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
43) The Last Unicorn (Peter S Beagle)
44) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Frank Baum)
45) The Princess and the Goblin (George MacDonald)
46) The Once and Future King (TH White)
47) Mary Barton (Elizabeth Gaskell)
48) Cold Comfort Farm (Stella Gibbons)
49) Père Goriot (Honoré de Balzac)
50) A Room with a View (E. M. Forster)


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