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 Classics Club List #1)

Classics Club List #2    

GOAL DATE: October 1, 2021 – October 1, 2026
Progress = 0/50

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
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  • Sons, by Pearl S. Buck
  • A House Divided, by Pearl S. Buck
  • Mandala: A Novel of India, by Pearl S. Buck
  • The Enchantress of Florence, by Salman Rushdie
  • Luka and the Fire of Life, by Salman Rushdie
  • Night, by Elie Wiesel
  • Day, by Elie Wiesel
  • Dawn, by Elie Wiesel
  • On the Beach, by Nevil Shute
  • Marazan, by Nevil Shute
  • Round the Bend, by Nevil Shute
  • What Happened to the Corbetts, by Nevil Shute
  • Barchester Towers, by Anthony Trollope
  • Doctor Thorne, by Anthony Trollope
  • Framley Parsonage, by Anthony Trollope
  • The Small House at Allington, by Anthony Trollope
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset, by Anthony Trollope
  • The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley
  • Green Thoughts, by Eleanor Perenyi
  • Old Herbaceous, by Reginald Arkell
  • The Little Bulbs: A Tale of Two Gardens, by Elizabeth Lawrence
  • Garden Open Today, by Beverley Nichols
  • Garden Open Tomorrow, by Beverley Nichols
  • The Northern Farm: A Glorious Year on a Small Maine Farm, by Henry Beston
  • Walking, by Henry David Thoreau
  • The Snow Leopard, by Peter Matthiessen
  • The Chimes, by Charles Dickens
  • The Holly Tree, by Charles Dickens
  • Ruth, by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Mary Barton, by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë
  • The Professor, by Charlotte Brontë
  • Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  • Vilette, by Charlotte Brontë
  • The Green Dwarf, by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Ramayana, by Bulbul Sharma
  • Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu
  • The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaren
  • Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse
  • Days of Reading, by Marcel Proust
  • Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust
  • Walt Whitman’s Diary: A Summer in Canada, 1880, by Walt Whitman
  • The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
  • Kokoro, by Natsume Soseki
  • The Book of Tea, by Kazuko Okakura
  • A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf
  • The Sea Around Us, by Rachel Carson
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne
  • The Land of Little Rain, by Mary Hunter Austin
  • The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
  • Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott
  • Sounder, by William K. Armstrong
  • Miracles on Maple Hill, by Virginia Sorensen
  • Malgudi Days, by R.K. Narayan
  • Therese Raquin, by Emile Zola
  • House Made of Dawn, by N. Scott Momaday
  • The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad
  • The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Losing Battles, by Eudora Welty
  • A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass
  • The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Up from Slavery, by Booker T. Washington
  • The Fire Next Time,  by James Baldwin
  • Home, by Toni Morrison
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
  • The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales, by Virginia Hamilton
  • Phillip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon, by Bette Green
  • Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot
  • The Return of the Native, by Thomas Hardy
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera
  • The Fortnight in September, by R.C. Sherriff
  • Tales of the Alhambra, by Washington Irving
  • Old Christmas, by Washington Irving
  • Green Mansions, by W.H. Hudson
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
  • The Princess Priscilla’s Fortnight, by Elizabeth von Arnim
  • The Caravaners, by Elizabeth von Arnim
  • The Story of Doctor Dolittle, by Hugh Lofting
  • The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • The Egg and I, by Betty Macdonald
  • The Plague and I, by Betty Macdonald
  • The Black Monk, by Anton Chekhov
  • The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoyevski
  • The Cossacks, by Leo Tolstoy
  • Seven Years in Tibet, by Heinrich Harrer, Richard Graves
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car, by Ian Fleming
  • The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas
  •  As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, by Laurie Lee
  • A Moment of War, by Laurie Lee
  • A Rose for Winter, by Laurie Lee
  • The Amethyst Box, by Anna Katharine Green
  • The Stranger, by Albert Camus
  • Summer at Fairacre, by Miss Read
  • Mrs. Pringle, by Miss Read
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, by Mark Twain
  • My Daniel, by Pam Conrad
  • A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
  • A Death in the Family, by James Agee
  • Death Be Not Proud, by John Gunther
  • The Joys of Motherhood, by Buhi Emecheta
  • Winters Tales, by Isak Dinesen
  • In Morocco, by Edith Wharton
  • Some Tame Gazelle, by Barbara Pym
  • The Sign of the Four, by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Hound of the Baskerville, by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Valley of Fear, by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Footsteps in the Dark, by Georgette Heyer

Reading on the porch…

15 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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