Classics Club

In the Classics Club, you select your own list of classics to read by a stated date. The following is my second list, which I originally posted on June 30, 2017, and I plan to finish it by June 29, 2021.

My First Classics Club List

My New List!

I can’t seem to bring myself to make a list of 100 books at a time for the Classics Club. I think it is more satisfying for me to finish shorter lists faster than to finish a long list more slowly.

15th Century

16th Century

  • The Prince by Machievelli (1532)
  • Edward II by Christopher Marlowe (1592)
  • Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare (1588-1593)

17th Century

  • Oroonoko by Aphra Behn (1688)
  • The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster (1612-13)

18th Century

  • Evelina by Frances Burney (1778)
  • The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett (1771)

19th Century

  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (1814)
  • Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1863)
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë (1848)
  • The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins (1879)
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1880)
  • The Viscounte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas (1848)
  • Letters from Egypt by Lucie Duff Gordon (1865)
  • The Mystery of Mrs. Blencarrow by Mrs. Oliphant (1890)
  • Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott (1821)
  • The Heir of Redclyff by Charlotte M. Yonge (1853)

20th Century

  • The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1907)
  • My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather (1926)
  • The Old Man’s Birthday by Richmal Crompton (1934)
  • Consequences by E. M. Delafield (1930)
  • Vanishing Cornwall by Daphne du Maurier (1967)
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920)
  • The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford (1915)
  • Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame (1957)
  • The Winged Horse by Pamela Frankau (1953)
  • My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin (1901)
  • Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn (1907)
  • The Lady and the Unicorn by Rumer Godden (1937)
  • Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins (1934)
  • Joanna Godden by Sheila Kay-Smith (1921)
  • The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski (1953)
  • Greenery Street by Denis MacKail (1925)
  • West with the Night by Beryl Markham (1942)
  • Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery (1909)
  • The Lark by E. Nesbit (1902)
  • Mary Lavelle by Kate O’Brien (1936)
  • The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault (1956)
  • The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini (1915)
  • Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea by Teffi (2016, but written around 1920)
  • Challenge by Vita Sackville-West (1923)
  • Miss Buncle’s Book by D. E. Stevenson (1934)
  • August Folly by Angela Thirkell (1936)
  • I Go by Land, I Go by Sea by P. L. Travers (1941)
  • Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton (1907)
  • Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple (1949)
  • The Priory by Dorothy Whipple (1939)
  • The Wise Virgins by Leonard Woolf (1913)
  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927)
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6 thoughts on “Classics Club

  1. Melissa February 14, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    I love seeing them broken up by century. You’ve picked some great ones!

    • whatmeread February 14, 2014 / 1:05 pm

      Thanks! I can’t claim that was an original idea, however. I copied it from another Classics Club friend.

  2. Tamtown February 14, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    Which ones are your “tried & true” favorites? I think you mentioned 6-8 of your classics you’ve read & re-read. Just curious to see what your favorites are. Your list looks great! You have a lor of really great books & even a few I haven’t heard much about yet. Keep us posted on how this goes!

    • whatmeread February 15, 2014 / 7:14 pm

      I love Victorian novels,so among others the Dickens books, Middlemarch, and the Hardy are retreads.

  3. hamlettethedame February 15, 2014 / 8:20 am

    Nice list! I see several favorites here (Rebecca! Robinson Crusoe!), and several that are also on my list. Welcome to the club! I’ve only been a member since early January, but it’s already been a lot of fun and a great way to meet new book-loving bloggers.

    • whatmeread February 15, 2014 / 7:06 pm

      Thanks so much! I’ll have to take a look at your list!

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