Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Classics Club List II

My first Classics Club Challenge began in March 2012 and would have ended in 2017, but I completed my list of 75 classics earlier this year. Originally, I did not consider putting together another list; however, I have since been inspired to participate again.  It is not a burden to make another list because I am predominately reading classics anyway; plus, I have an unsightly number of unread classics waiting patiently on my book shelves to be read.  So why not?

Following is a list of classics I want to read ASAP. Titles with an asterisk are part of my ongoing Well-Educated Mind Reading Challenge (histories).


The Classics Club List II
Begins: January 2016 - Ends: December 2020
Total: 50 books

Atwood, Margaret
The Handmaid's Tale

City of God * (5th c.) Part I, Part II

Austen, Jane
Emma (1815)
Mansfield Park (1814)
Northanger Abbey (1817)

The Ecclesiastical History of the English People * (8th c.)

Brontë, Emily
Wuthering Heights (1847)

Burgess, Anthony
Clockwork Orange (1962)

Calvin, John
The Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536)

Cather, Willa
Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)

Dostoevsky, Fyodor
The Brothers Karamazov (1880)

Du Bois, W.E.B.
The Souls of Black Folk * (1903) (completed 11.29.19)

Edwards, Johnathan
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (1741)

The History of the Church (4th c.) (completed 10.29.19)

Forster, E. M.
A Room with a View (1908)

Gaskell, Elizabeth
North and South (1855)

Gibbon, Edward
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire * (1776-89)

Hardy, Thomas
Far From the Madding Crowd (1874)
Jude the Obscure (1895)
The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891)

The Histories * (440 BC)

Hurston, Zora Neale
Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)

Locke, John
The True End of Civil Government * (1689)

Machiavelli, Niccolo
The Prince(1534)

Marx and Engles
The Communist Manifesto* (1848)

Moore, Sir Thomas
Utopia * (1516)

Orczy, Emma
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)

Paine, Thomas
Common Sense * (1776)

Pasternak, Boris
Doctor Zhivago (1956)

Lives * (1st c.)

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
The Social Contract * (1908)

MacBeth (1623)
Twelfth Night (1623)
Othello (1622)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1600) (completed 10.17.19)

Smith, Betty
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943)

Spenser, Edmund
The Faerie Queene, Book One (1596)

The Peloponnesian War * (431 BC)

Tocqueville, Alexis
Democracy in America * (1835-40)

Tolkien, J. R. R.
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

Wharton, Edith
Ethan Frome (1911)

Wollstonecraft, Mary
A Vindication of the Rights of Women * (1792)

Woolf, Virginia
A Room of One's Own (1929)
Night and Day (1919)
To the Lighthouse (1927)

Lewis, CS
The Problem of Pain (1940)
A Grief Observed (1961)

Stevenson, Robert Louis
Treasure Island (1883)

Wells, H.G.
The Time Machine (1895)

For more info on joining The Classics Club, go HERE.


  1. Wow! Very impressive and ambitious. I wish you well with the Koran. I attempted it but became bogged down and annoyed with the syntax and style; I understand that the tempo and sounds in Arabic make it much more effective, but I will never -- I hope -- learn Arabic in order to read the book. As for the rest of your list, I look forward to following your progress. You are clearly more committed and ambitious than yours truly, R.T. at Beyond Eastrod.

    1. Thank you, R.T. I read a decent edition one year, but I won't remember which b/c it was so long ago. However, I think I may like this edition that I have listed. We'll see.

    2. You have inspired me to get involved in a classics challenge; here is the link to my announcement:
      Thanks for motivating me!

  2. Good luck with your second list! I'm working through my first list currently but I know there are so many more classics I have left to read after I'm done with it that I'll probably make a second list.

  3. WOLLSTONECRAFT IS ON YOUR LIST! And Betty Friedan! And Hurston (so good), and THREE excellent Austens! It's so fun to see us all posting second lists for this club. Can you believe it's been nearly four years? :)

    1. Yes, and I am eager to read Wollstonecraft - all of these. So frustrating that I can't just read and read all day long.

      You are so very blessed to have discovered early in your life that you love reading (especially classics). I spent my 20s so intimidated to just try. Now I am playing catch up.

  4. Every time I see somebody's reading list I want to read them all.
    You have selected some very fine classics. One or two of your selections...I put back on the bookshelf (Sons and Lovers and Mill on the Floss). No rational reason. I'll let you read them first and tell me about them. I read McPherson's book, it was excellent. Chapters are well-rounded. I read it in phases to let the history sink in. Suggestion: John Galsworthy is well worth reading. There is a rhythm in his language that appealed to me. I see John Locke on the list. Very thought provoking as is De Tocqueville, so make a pot of coffee and some chocolate chip cookies for the reading sessions! Good reading....2016 - 2020!

    1. I am very excited to get into the history section of TWEM, but I still need about a year to complete my biographies.

      So did John Galswothy write history, too? or is he just a novelist?

    2. Great English novelist.. his masterpiece is the Forsyte Saga. It is divided into 3 novels, so I can enjoy the first one then take a break. I just reviewed ' Man of Property' (vol. 1). Galsworthy was great friends with Joseph Conrad. Conrad urged him to leave his law practice and be come a writer. Conrad dedicated his novel "Nostromo" to Galsworthy.

  5. Wow, there's some great stuff on here! You are going to have fun.

    Except with Clockwork Orange. I'll tell you right now, you'll hate it. I didn't get too far with it. (But don't take my word for it!)

    1. Oh, no! Someone else told me I'd love it and should read it immediately. Anyway, I will read it and see what happens.

  6. Ethan Frome is one of my favorite classics! I really need to reread it; hope you enjoy! Emma is my favorite Austen, it made me laugh out loud multiple times while reading it. You have quite the ambitious list here. Good luck!
    Mallory @ The Local Muse

    1. Thank you, Mallory. I do enjoy reading Wharton.

  7. Congratulations on getting through your first CC list!

    Wow, you have so heavy-duty reading to do! Impressive! I can't wait to see what you make of The Idiot. North and South is just WONDERFUL! I hope you like it.

    Happy reading!

  8. Excellent list! I loved seeing Weber on it - I haven't read Weber in years, and I've never managed the whole of the book (I read many extracts for uni, though). Good luck with all your books, looking forward to your posts :)

  9. I adore reading through people's CC lists. I'm so excited for you to be reading some of these for the first time! Because I get to experience a little of that first-time thrill with you, I suppose. I can't wait to hear what you think of a bunch of them.

    Oooooh, The Longest Day is sooooooo good -- I first read it when I was about 16, and I think I've read it all the way 3 times now, and consulted it many more. It's fascinating. (And if you've seen the movie, you'll be pleased by how closely it sticks to the facts!)

    I know that by the time I finish 50 books, I'll probably have another 50 on my list. I'm up to 83 right now, and just finished my 30th.

    1. Yay! I remember when you were contemplating even joining CC. Good for you!

      About The Longest Day, it is going to be a year before I even begin my WEM histories, but I am anxious to reach them b/c I do love history.

    2. Can you believe that was TWO years ago already? Wow.

      TLD will still be good next year :-)

  10. I'm not a Classics Club participator ... but I do enjoy browsing through other bibliophiles reading lists.
    Happy reading!

  11. Interesting list. Looks heavy on history/theology. I see you're giving Morrison another go. Clockwork Orange, huh? Have you seen the Kubrick film ever?

    1. No, I have not seen the film; but your question prompted me to watch a trailer, and it doesn't seem like a film I'd want to watch, even after reading the book.

  12. very nice! I'm currently re-reading Les Misérables in French, with one of my French students. Just as enjoyable as the first time decades ago!

    1. That's so awesome!!! My daughter is learning French right now. She is inspired b/c she is a student of ballet. Maybe one day she will be able to read Les Mis in French, too.

  13. Wow...nicely done. Bit jealous though. I thought I was going to be the first complete a second list (maybe your'e not first, but I seem remember last time I checked no one had completed two). I should finish my second in 2020, and will promptly begin my third. Maybe I beat you to that one. :)