The Classics Club: Round 2

The Classics Club

The Classics Club asks you to pledge a list of at least 50 books to read in a maximum of 5 years. You can find out more via their FAQ!

I recently finished my first Classics Club list so this is my second list!

Start date: 25th April 2020
End date: 24th April 2025

A few stats about this list:

  • 25 texts by men
  • 25 texts by women
  • Most texts are available online for free (because I’m a broke bitch)

The list is just sorted by the date each text was first written/published (or as close as I can get it) but there’s a mixture of novels, novellas, short story collections, plays, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc.


  • On the Soul by Aristotle (c.350 BC)
  • Constellation Myths with Aratus’s Phaenomena by Eratosthenes, Hyginus, and Aratus (c.200 BC)
  • The Nature of Gods by Cicero (c.45 BC)
  • The Diary of Lady Murasaki by Murasaki Shikibu (c.1010)
  • La Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri (1295)
  • The Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong (c.1300s)
  • Heptaméron by Marguerite de Navarre (1549)
  • Pericles, Prince of Tyre by William Shakespeare (c.1607)
  • Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes (1651)
  • The Rover by Aphra Behn (1677)
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Basho (1702)
  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe (1722)
  • An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume (1748)
  • The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox (1752)
  • Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime by Immanuel Kant (1764)
  • The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve (1778)
  • Evelina by Fanny Burney (1778)
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (1781)
  • A Simple Story by Elizabeth Inchbald (1791)
  • Justine, or The Misfortunes of Virtue by Marquis de Sade (1791)
  • The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria by Mary Wollstonecraft (1798)
  • Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth (1800)
  • Corinne, ou l’Italie by Madame de Staël (1807)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
  • Indiana by George Sand (1832)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1847)
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
  • London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew (1851)
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens (1853)
  • Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1856)
  • The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (1860)
  • East Lynne by Ellen Wood (1861)
  • The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1862)
  • Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1862)
  • Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (1866)
  • The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1868)
  • The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen (1894)
  • Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1898)
  • Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy (1899)
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1899)
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London (1903)
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (1911)
  • The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle (1912)
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka (1915)
  • A Thin Ghost and Others by M. R. James (1919)
  • The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield (1922)
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (1929)
  • A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh (1934)
  • Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier (1941)
  • The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson (1949)

This page will be updated whenever I review one of these books!

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