Classics Club-List #2

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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 to know if they are keepers or to make room for more. Caveat: I reserve the right to dnf any title here and substitute something else 🙂

This challenge will run until December 1, 2025.


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)

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)

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