My Second Classics Club List

I’m back with a new list of over 50 books to read in 5 years!

I am trying something new this time around. Every book on this list is a book I own either on my shelves or on my Kindle (except for the Anthony Trollope 2021 Readalong). Like book lovers everywhere I love buying books and I am not saying I am taking 5 years off buying them, but these really need to get read. I have owned some of them for many years and I need to know if they are keepers or to donate to make room for more. Caveat: I reserve the right to dnf any title here and substitute something else 🙂

Some of my favorite books read during the last five years came from list one. What books on this list will become favorites, I wonder?


Louisa May Alcott
An Old-Fashioned Girl (1869)

Enid Bagnold
The Loved and Envied (1951)

Carol Ryrie Brink
Mademoiselle Misfortune (1937)

Fanny Burney
Evelina (1778)

Willa Cather
My Antonia (1918)

Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express (1934)

Charles Dickens
David Copperfield (1850)
Hard Times (1854)
A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Brothers Karamazov (1880)

Theodore Dreiser
Sister Carrie (1900)

George Eliot
Middlemarch (1871)
Daniel Deronda (1876)

Alice Tisdale Hobart
The Cleft Rock (1948)

Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary (1856)

Elizabeth Gaskell
Mary Barton (1848)
North and South (1854)
Cranford (1853)

George Gissing
The Odd Women (1893) K

Oliver Goldsmith
The Vicar of Wakefield (1766)

Thomas Hardy
A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873)
Far From the Madding Crowd
The Hand of Ethelberta

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Our Old Home: A Series of English Sketches (1863) K

Aldus Huxley
Brave New World (1932)

Henry James
The Golden Bowl (1904)
Three Novellas:
Pandora (1884)
The Patagonia (1888)
Four Meetings (1877)

C.S. Lewis
Out of the Silent Planet (1938)
That Hideous Strength

W. Somerset Maugham
The Magician (1908) K

George Meredith
The Egoist (1879)

L.M. Montgomery
Emily of New Moon (1923)

Thomas Love Peacock
Maid Marian (novella, (1822)
Crotchet Castle (1831)
Headlong Hall (novella, 1816)
Nightmare Abbey
(novella, 1818)

Sir Walter Scott
Ivanhoe (1819)

Gertrude Stein
Three Lives (1909)

G.B. Stern
The Matriarch (1924)

Robert Louis Stevenson
The Master of Ballantrae (1889)

William Thackeray
Vanity Fair (1847)

Anthony Trollope
(Barsetshire Chronicles Readalong)
The Warden (1855)
Barchester Towers (1857)
Doctor Thorne (1858)
Framley Parsonage (1860)
The Small House at Allington (1862)
The Last Chronicle of Barset (1867)

Jules Verne
Twenty-Thousand Leagues under the Sea (1870) K

Edith Wharton
Old New York (1924)
Glimpses of the Moon (1922)

Virginia Woolf
The Voyage Out (1915) K
The the Lighthouse (1927)
The Years (1937)

Harold Bell Wright
The Winning of Barbara Worth (1911)

Emile Zola
Nana (1880)
Ladies Paradise


Johanna Brandt
The Grape Cure (1928)

Le Baron Russell Briggs
To College Girls (1911)

Vera Brittain
Testament of Youth (1933) K

Sarah Josepha Hale
The Good Housekeeper (1841)

Emily Post
The Personality of a House (1930)

Cornelia Otis Skinner & Emily Kimbrough
Our Hearts were Young and Gay (1942)

Edith Wharton
A Backward Glance (1934)

Glibert White
The Natural History of Selborne (1789)


Oscar Wilde
A Woman of No Importance (first performed, April 19, 1893) K
The Importance of Being Ernest (first performed, February 14, 1895)

35 thoughts on “My Second Classics Club List

  1. List 2 that’s brilliant and some titles that I love (Middlemarch, Tale of Two Cities and more) and lots that I don’t know. I hope you enjoy them and find some real favourites, I love the way you’ve organised the list as well!

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  2. Any list with three Dickens novels on it is bound to be great! (Though five would be better, under the FF One-Dickens-a-Year Rule 😉 ) I also loved the Barsetshire novels and Jules Verne, and The Master of Ballantrae is excellent, so you have some enjoyable reading ahead. Have fun!


  3. Congrats on List 2 Laurie!
    Scrolling down I can confidently say that you will find a few more firm favourites as you make your way through it!
    The Anthony Trollope Readalong in 2021 – is that a personal project or a wider blogging community event?
    I have all of (or most of) the Barchester Chronicles on my bookshelf – would be keen to tackle them in order one day too 🙂

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  4. Well done with making a list out of books you own. I hope it helps you make a dent in it!

    The ones of these that I’ve read are definitely worth reading – I don’t know if they will become favorites, but will be interested to read your thoughts as usual. The Space trilogy was long a favorite of mine but I wonder how it will hold up now. And if you’ve not yet read Emily of New Moon, it’s lovely!

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    1. Interesting comment on the Space Trilogy. I have no idea really, but I want to read it, because I don’t feel done with Lewis. I had such a good time with the Narniad last year though I am sure this series is very different.

      I am just afraid I will like all of the books on this new CC list and want to keep them!

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  5. I’ve got a couple of these, like Barchester Towers, on my shelves, and I plan to finish Middlemarch in 2020,so we might even overlap! I’ve still a dozen or more Classics Club titles to finish by the end of this month — in theory! — so I shall be extending my deadline at least a year… 😁

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      1. Coincidentally Laurie I am in the last 10% of Jude! Can you send me the link to the Hardy readalong please? It sounds interesting. Before Jude I re-read “The Woodlanders” which is one of my favourite Hardy’s. Have you ever read East Lynne by Ellen Wood? I read it a decade or so ago and loved it.


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