Classics Club

The Classics Club is a virtual book club created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books. To join, you have to pledge that you’ll read 50+ classics in 5 years or less and post reviews on your blog. This page is my pledge and a means for me to track my progress.

Since I’ll be reading a classic short story and a classic poem daily as part of my 1000 days media diet plan, I’m including short story anthologies and poetry collections in my list.

I plan to read and review the following 100 books in 5 years (from 1st Jan 2020 to 31st Dec 2024):

Short Story Collections/Anthologies:

  1. Complete Original Short Stories of Guy De Maupassant
  2. Short Stories by Anton Chekhov (13 Volumes – Translated by Constance Garnett)
  3. The Complete Tales of Nikolai Gogol (2 Volumes)
  4. Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
  5. The Complete Stories – Edgar Allen Poe
  6. Tales of the Unexpected – Roald Dahl
  7. Twice-Told Tales – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  8. The Country of the Blind and Other Stories – H.G. Wells
  9. The Garden Party and Other Stories – Katherine Mansfield
  10. The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury
  11. Malgudi Days – R.K. Narayan
  12. Nine Stories – J D Saligner
  13. The Unhappiness of Being a Single Man: Essential Stories – Franz Kafka
  14. The Aleph and Other Stories – Jorge Luis Borges
  15. Tales of Ordinary Madness – Charles Bukowski
  16. Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick
  17. The Found And The Lost – Ursula K. Le Guin *
  18. A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces *
  19. The Greatest Bengali Stories Ever Told – Arunava Sinha (Translator) *
  20. The Tamil Story – Subashree Krishnaswamy (Translator) *
  21. Manto: Selected Stories – Aatish Taseer (Translator)
  22. Great Stories By Nobel Prize Winners
  23. Short Stories of Washington Irving
  24. Short Stories of Herman Melville
  25. Selected Stories by O. Henry
  26. Selected Stories by Oscar Wilde
  27. Selected Stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Selected Stories by Leo Tolstoy
  29. Selected Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  30. Selected Stories by Charles Dickens
  31. Selected Stories by James Joyce
  32. Selected Stories Jack London
  33. Selected Stories by D. H. Lawrence
  34. Selected Stories Joseph Conrad
  35. Selected Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  36. Selected Stories by Saki
  37. Selected Stories by Bram Stoker
  38. Selected Stories by W. W. Jacobs
  39. Selected Stories Honoré de Balzac
  40. Selected Stories by Henry James

* Most of the stories in these collections fall under the ‘Classics’ category and a few don’t.

Fables and Folktales:

  1. Panchatantra
  2. Aesop’s Fables
  3. Fables of La Fontaine
  4. Tales from the 1001 Nights
  5. Sukasaptati (Seventy tales of the parrot)

Poetry Collections:

  1. Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
  2. Shakespeare’s Sonnets – William Shakespeare
  3. Poems of Christina Rossetti
  4. The Pleasures of the Damned – Charles Bukowski
  5. Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley
  6. The Captain’s Verses – Pablo Neruda
  7. Poems of John Donne
  8. Sonnets from the Portuguese – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  9. The Rape of the Lock and Other Poems – Alexander Pope
  10. The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Others (Novels, Epics, Essays, Discourses, Plays, etc.):

I gathered most of these books from Great Books and Classics. They are listed in the chronological order of the authors.

  1. The Epic of Gilgamesh
  2. The Iliad – Homer
  3. The Odyssey – Homer
  4. The Upanishads
  5. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  6. Lysistrata – Aristophanes
  7. Arthashastra – Kautilya (Chanakya)
  8. Beowulf
  9. Njal’s Saga (The Saga of Burnt Njal)
  10. Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
  11. Essays – Michel de Montaigne
  12. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
  13. Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  14. A Book of Five Rings (Go Rin no Sho) – Miyamoto Musashi
  15. Meditations on First Philosophy – Rene Descartes
  16. The Misanthrope – Molière
  17. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  18. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  19. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  20. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  21. Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol
  22. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  23. Bartleby the Scrivener – Herman Melville
  24. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  25. A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen
  26. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  27. The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  28. The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde
  29. Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw
  30. The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
  31. Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda
  32. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Orczy
  33. The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux
  34. In Search of Lost Time – Marcel Proust
  35. Demian – Hermann Hesse
  36. Mrs.Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  37. Ulysses – James Joyce
  38. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  39. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  40. Ponniyin Selvan – Kalki Krishnamurthy
  41. Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre
  42. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  43. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  44. The Stranger – Albert Camus
  45. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  46. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  47. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  48. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  50. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

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