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)

#JazzAgeJune A Reading Event!



“The restlessness approached hysteria. The parties were bigger. The shows were bigger. The pace was faster,…the buildings higher, the morals looser.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

I am teaming up with Fanda of Fanda Classiclit (and creator of the wonderful poster above) for Jazz Age June, a reading event from June 1-30, that explores the 1920s through literature and other arts.

While 2020 has certainly taken a turn no one could have expected, the 1920s began eerily similar as it recovered from its own pandemic. But as the decade progressed it boasted some of the best in worldwide literature, poetry, dance, theater, women’s fashion and new technologies that revolutionized home and community.

This is an easy event to participate in…just read! Or watch a film, read a play, listen to music or watch a dance performance, then write about it on the social media of your choice. Anything published, produced on stage, opened in a gallery or museum or film released from 1920-1929 qualifies.

With the hashtag #JazzAgeJune we will retweet you or repost from your blog, Instagram or other social media, just tag me. And on June 1st I will put up a blog post where you can link your post or other social media in the comment section.

I am starting out the month with my Classic Club Spin, Edith Wharton’s, The Glimpses of the Moon (1922) and later in the month I’ll post my impressions of The Great Gatsby.

If you need help getting started, some of these lists might help.

Goodreads, books published in the 1920s

Stylist, 50 best books of the 1920s

Penguin, books that defined the 1920s

UC Berkeley, Nonfiction

Plays, written or performed in the 1920s (click top of page for succeeding years)

Pulitzer winners

The Newbery Medal for children’s books

Hope to see you in June!



“Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise.” — George Gershwin

“You are all a lost generation,” Gertrude Stein quoted in Ernest Hemingway’s, The Sun Also Rises

“I don’t want no drummer. I set the tempo.” — Bessie Smith