Classics Club List #2 ~ Here I Go!

With my first Classics Club list complete, it’s time for another.  This time it was easy, as I used unfinished books from my first one.  So without further ado, here is my second Classics Club List with 50 books to read from November 30, 2018 to November 29, 2023!


Ancients  (5000 B.C. – A.D. 400):

The Republic (380 B.C.) – Plato

Aristotle, Ethics (330 B.C.) – Aristotle

Lives (75) – Plutarch

The Twelve Ceasars (121) – Suetonius

Meditations (170-180) – Marcus Aurelius

Address to Young Men (363) – Saint Basil

Medieval/Early Renaissance (400 – 1600 A.D.):

The City of God (426) – Augustine

The Consolation of Philosophy (524) – Boethius

Ecclesiastical History of the English People (731) – Bede

The Decameron (1353) – Giovanni Boccaccio

On the Imitation of Christ (1418-1427) – Thomas à Kempis

The Praise of Folly (1509) – Eramus

The Prince (1513) – Niccolo Machiavelli

Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-1564) – François Rabelais

The Faerie Queene (1590-1596) – Edmund Spenser


Late Renaissance/Early Modern (1600 – 1850 A.D.):

Richard III (1592) – William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice (1596-1598) – William Shakespeare

Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1607-1608) – William Shakespeare

Pensées (1669) – Blaise Pascal

Tartuffe (1669) – Molière

The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678) – John Bunyan

Moll Flanders (1722) – Daniel Defoe

She Stoops to Conquer (1773) – Oliver Goldsmith

A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and a Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (1775) – Samuel Johnson

The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) – Ann Radcliffe

Ivanhoe (1820) – Sir Walter Scott

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831) – Victor Hugo

Dead Souls (1842) – Nikolai Gogol

Mary Barton (1848) – Elizabeth Gaskell

Shirley (1849) – Charlotte Brontë


Modern (1850 – Present):

Moby Dick (1851) – Herman Melville

Bleak House (1852/53) – Charles Dickens

The Professor (1857) – Charlotte Brontë

The Mill on the Floss (1860) – George Eliot

Great Expectations (1860/61) – Charles Dickens

Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864) – Jules Verne

Wives and Daughters (1864/66) – Elizabeth Gaskell

Crime and Punishment (1866) – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Tom Sawyer (1876) – Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn (1884) – Mark Twain

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1886) – Robert Louis Stevenson

Kidnapped (1886) – Robert Louis Stevenson

Tevye the Dairyman and Moti the Cantor’s Son (1894) – Sholem Aleichem

The Good Soldier Svejk (1923) – Jaroslav Hasek

The Grapes of Wrath (1939) – John Steinbeck

The Stranger (1942) – Albert Camus

Animal Farm (1945) – George Orwell

1984 (1949) – George Orwell

The Lord of the Flies (1954) – William Golding

One Day in the LIfe of Ivan Denisovitch (1962) – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Most of the reading for my first Classics Club list was done in the first three years, however in the last two years my reading time has diminished.  I’ll have to be more focussed with this list to make sure I complete it on time.  Wish me luck! And for those of you who are curious about The Classics Club, please check it out! It’s helped me read many more classics than I would have without it!

15 thoughts on “Classics Club List #2 ~ Here I Go!

  1. So many greats on this list… you can do it!! 🙂 Commitments scare me, though I keep thinking of trying this some time, just to plough through some of the intimidating books (*cough* Crime and Punishment).

    • You read enough classics you should be able to do it. If it wasn’t over 5 years, it would intimidate me too. That said, some people just like to meander where the whim takes them, which can be me as well. I find a list give me balance and a little structure but they aren’t for everyone.

  2. Congratulation on completing your first list. Admire your commitment and persistence. Love your list for the next five years. I think that is what makes it more doable, plus allows for what are you in the mood for type of reads. Hubby just finished One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch and enjoyed it. Wants me to read it. Best of luck and will be following your progress.

    • Thanks, Robin! I enjoyed the period split the first time so I thought I’d continue it. One Day … is one of the books I’m really looking forward to. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it if you read it. Great to chat with you again! My 52 books went out the window this year but I’m hoping to get on track for next!

    • Yes, it will be good for my lifestyle now but I hope with my third list I can add some more obscure titles. Both you and O’s reading path is one to aspire to! 🙂

  3. I finish my first Classics list at the end of this year & I’m going to look over my bookshelves with the aim of reading through many I already have. Of course, I suspect I’ll add in other books I don’t have yet!

    • That’s great that we both finished almost together! That’s a great idea to put together a list of books you own. Perhaps I’ll do this with my third list.

    • I split the eras into the four I have listed. I also had some authors that I was keen on reading such as Shakespeare, Zola, etc., and other authors whose works I’d read but there were other works I hadn’t. So I dumped those books/plays/poetry onto a draft list. Then I sorted through and tried to balance out the eras, filling in with extra books as I went. Of course, the ancients ended up being shorter but their works are often more difficult so I think I achieved a good balance at the end. Sounds crazy, but I’m already mulling over my third list! 😛

  4. Looks like a great list, though I do find the first half a bit intimidating…! But some good books on there and some I have on my own list. Good luck!

    • I don’t think it’s as intimidating as the last one. There are a few biggies on here though. I should probably get to them straight off, lol! 😀 Thanks for the wishes!

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