The Classics Club, Round 2


I first joined The Classics Club in March of 2017 and signed up to read 50 books in 5 years. I just completed those fifty books and it turned out to be a really enjoyable reading experience for me. I do love reading the classics, so here I go with a second round of reading 50 books in the next 5 years!

As with my first list, my reading will be a mix of novels, novellas, non-fiction, short stories, and poetry — a combination of adult and children’s literature. This time I’ve decided to create a pool of classics I’m interested in reading, add to it often as I run into other books I’d like to read, and choose my 50 from that pool of books. I will keep a running list of the books I read along this journey, so please check back here to see my progress. My new time goal for completing this second round of reading 50 books in 5 years is October 1, 2026!  Once again, that sounds so far away, but I know that five years goes by in a flash, and what pleasurable reading years they will be!

(Click here to see my completed Classics Club List #1)

Classics Club List #2    

GOAL DATE: October 1, 2021 – October 1, 2026
Progress = 13/50

Red = Link to my review
Blue = Read but not reviewed yet

  1. Walking, by Henry David Thoreau
  2. The Fortnight in September, by R.C. Sherriff
  3. The Amethyst Box, by Anna Katharine Green
  4. I Heard the Owl Call My Name, by Margaret Craven
  5. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. Summer at Fairacre, by Miss Read
  7. My Robin, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  8. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, by Mark Twain
  9. The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  10. A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  11. The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas
  12. Call It Courage, by Armstrong Sperry
  13. The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  14. Round the Bend, by Nevil Shute
  15. The Enchantress of Florence, by Salman Rushdie
  16. Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry
  17. Thimble Summer, by Elizabeth Enright
  18. The Sign of the Four, by Arthur Conan Doyle
  19. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte
  20. A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas
  21. Letters From Father Christmas, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  22. Snow Country, by Kawabata Yasunari
  23. .
  24. .
  25. .

CLASSICS I’M INTERESTED IN READING, found on my shelves or on my Kindle, collected over the years:

Adams, Douglas:  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 

Agee, James:  A Death in the Family

Allende, Isabel:  The House of the Spirits

Arkell, Reginald:  Old Herbaceous

Armstrong, William K.:  Sounder

Austin, Mary Hunter:  The Land of Little Rain

Baldwin, James:  The Fire Next Time

Beston, Henry:  The Northern Farm: A Glorious Year on a Small Maine Farm

Bronte, Anne:  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Bronte, Charlotte:  The Professor

Bronte, Charlotte:  Shirley

Bronte, Charlotte:  Villette

Bronte, Charlotte:  The Green Dwarf

Buck, Pearl S:  Sons

Buck, Pearl S:  A House Divided

Buck, Pearl S:  Mandala

Burnett, Frances Hodgson:  A Little Princess

Burnett, Frances Hodgson:  Little Lord Fauntleroy

Burnett, Frances Hodgson:  My Robin

Camus, Albert:  The Stranger

Carson, Rachel:  The Sea Around Us

Chekhov, Anton:  The Black Monk

Conrad, Joseph:  The Secret Agent

Conrad, Pam:  My Daniel

Craven, Margaret:  I Heard the Owl Call My Name

Dickens, Charles:  The Chimes

Dinesen, Isak:  Winter Tales

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor:  The Idiot

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor:  White Nights

Douglass, Frederick:  A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Doyle, Arthur Conan:  The Sign of the Four

Doyle, Arthur Conan:  The Hound of the Baskerville

Doyle, Arthur Conan:  The Valley of Fear

Du Bois, W.E.B.:  The Souls of Black Folk

Dumas, Alexandre:  The Three Musketeers

Easwaren, Eknath, translator:  The Bhagavad Gita

Eliot, George:  Adam Bede

Eliot, George:  Daniel Deronda

Eliot, George:  The Mill on the Floss

Emecheta, Buhi:  The Joys of Motherhood

Enright, Elizabeth:  Thimble Summer

Fleming, Ian:  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car

Gaskell, Elizabeth:  Ruth

Gaskell, Elizabeth:  Mary Barton

Goldman, William:  The Princess Bride

Green, Anna Katharine:  The Amethyst Box

Green, Bette:  Phillip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon

Gunther, John:  Death Be Not Proud

Hamilton, Virginia:  The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales

Hardy, Thomas:  The Return of the Native

Harrer, Hermann:  Seven Years in Tibet

Henry, Marguerite:  Misty of Chincoteague

Hesse, Hermann:  Siddhartha

Heyer, Georgette:  Venetia

Hinton, S.E.:  The Outsiders

Hudson, W.H.:  Green Mansions

Irving, Washington:  Tales of the Alhambra

Irving, Washington:  Old Christmas

Kawabata, Yasunari:  Snow Country

Knowles, John:  A Separate Peace

Lawrence, Elizabeth:  The Little Bulbs: A Tale of Two Gardens

Lee, Laurie:  As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

Lee, Laurie:  A Moment of War

Lee, Laurie:  A Rose for Winter

Lofting, Hugh:  The Story of Dr. Dolittle

Mansfield, Katherine:  New Zealand Stories

McGraw, Eloise Jarvis:  The Golden Goblet

Momaday, N. Scott:  House Made of Dawn

Morrison, Toni:  Home

Narayan, R.K.:  Malgudi Days

Nichols, Beverley:  Garden Open Today

Nichols, Beverley:  Garden Open Tomorrow

Okakura, Kazuko:  The Book of Tea

Perenyi, Eleanor:  Green Thoughts

Proust, Marcel:  Days of Reading

Proust, Marcel:  Remembrance of Things Past

Pym, Barbara:  Some Tame Gazelle

Read, Miss:  Summer at Fairacre

Rushdie, Salman:  The Enchantress of Florence

Rushdie, Salman:  Luka and the Fire of Life

Scott, Sir Walter:  Ivanhoe

Shakespeare, William:  Hamlet

Sharma, Bulbul:  The Ramayana

Sherriff, R.C.:  The Fortnight in September

Shute, Nevil:  On the Beach

Shute, Nevil:  Round the Bend

Shute, Nevil:  What Happened to the Corbetts?

Smith, Betty:  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sorensen, Virginia:  Miracles on Maple Hill

Soseki, Natsume:  Kokoro

Sperry, Armstrong:  Call It Courage

Taylor, Mildred D.:  Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry

Thomas, Dylan:  A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Thoreau, Henry David:  Walking

Tolkien, J.R.R.:  Letters From Father Christmas

Tolkien, J.R.R.:  The Hobbit

Tolstoy, Leo:  The Cossacks

Trollope, Anthony:  Barchester Towers

Trollope, Anthony:  Doctor Thorne

Trollope, Anthony:  Framley Parsonage

Trollope, Anthony:  The Small House at Allington

Trollope, Anthony:  The Last Chronicle of Barset

Twain, Mark:  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Tzu, Lao:  Tao Te Ching

Verne, Jules:  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

von Arnim, Elizabeth:  The Caravaners

von Arnim, Elizabeth:  Princess Pricilla’s Fortnight

Washington, Booker T.:  Up From Slavery

Welty, Eudora:  Delta Wedding

Welty, Eudora:  Losing Battles

Wharton, Edith:  In Morocco

Whitman, Walt:  Walt Whitman’s Diary: A Summer in Canada, 1880

Wiesel, Elie:  Night

Wiesel, Elie:  Day

Wiesel, Elie:  Dawn

Wilder, Laura Ingalls:  The Long Winter

Woolf, Virginia:  A Room of One’s Own

Zola, Emile:  Therese Raquin

Reading on the porch…



20 thoughts on “The Classics Club, Round 2

  1. Lesley in OR

    Have fun, Robin! I’ve read a few on your list:
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    The Princess Bride
    The Hobbit
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    A Separate Peace
    The Hound of the Baskerville
    I tried The Egg and I, but couldn’t get interested.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Les, I’m wondering how I’ll like (or not) reading The Egg and I. But since it’s a Pacific Northwest classic, I’m curious to read it. I’ll let you know!


  2. kaysreadinglife

    I’ve read a few of the books on your list too. Let’s see:
    The House of the Spirits
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (loved that one so much)
    The Hobbitt
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    Think that might be all. Enjoy!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thanks, JoAnn! I loved the first volume in the Barsetshire Chronicle so I’m really looking forward to continuing on with it…and then the Palliser series!


  3. Jane

    well first of all, congratulations! and second of all what a good idea to create a pool and dip into it. I have a few more titles to go on my first list and am finding it a bit of a struggle, they just don’t look quite so interesting and shiny as they did 4 years ago, I think I was too strict with myself!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thank you, Jane! I had the same struggle with my first CC list. I was definitely too strict with myself and found it was too confining by the end, so that’s why I went for a bigger pool to choose from this time.

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  4. Cath

    I’m planning to do something in the way of a classics challenge next year too. I have a list, it’s shorter than yours though. LOL! I just have to find the right challenge for me. My Dumas book will be The Count of Monte Cristo, Dickens – Our Mutual Friend. Mark Twain’s Following the Equator. I’m also quite interested in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Can’t wait to be honest and I’ll be keeping an eye out to see what you read, Robin.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Cath, I’m really enjoying reading through my classics list. I’m sure you would enjoy your classics project, too. I’ll look forward to seeing what you include in your list.



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