The Classics Club Reading List

I decided to give the Classics Club a go.

I made a list of 50 + classics that I intend to read in the next 5 years. In my case, this will be by January 2023. The exact rules are explained on the Classics Club page. My list is slightly random, in that it includes a random collection of books that I know I should read at some point and a bundle of books (that I think of as classics or necessary reading) that I have –or have access to– that I haven’t read yet. Some of the titles I intend to read in Polish – for those, I have provided the English title in brackets.

Am I excited? Yes

Is it ambitious? Ridiculously so.

Am I slightly intimidated by the titles on the list? Obviously…

Have I included all the things I want to read on it? Not by any means.

Let’s go!

  1. Herodot, Dzieje [Herodotus The Histories]
  2. Homer, The Illiad
  3. Homer, The Odyssey
  4. Plutarch, Roman Lives: A Selection of Eight Lives
  5. Plato, Gorgias
  6. Plato, Phaedrus
  7. Ovid, Metamorphoses
  8. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions
  9. The Prose Edda/ The Poetic Edda
  10. Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
  11. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
  12. Thomas Hobbes, The Leviathan
  13. Henry Fielding, Tom Jones (re-read)
  14. Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Roderick Random.
  15. Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
  16. Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
  17. Honoré Balzac, Old Goriot
  18. Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere Journal
  19. Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
  20. Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge
  21. Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  22. Charlotte Brontë, Villette
  23. Friederich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
  24. Mikołaj Gogol, Martwe Dusze [Nikolai Gogol The Dead Souls]
  25. Simone de Beauvoir, Mandaryni [Les Mandarins]
  26. Leo Tolstoy, Confession
  27. Henry David Thoreau, Walden
  28. Vladimir Nabokov, Ada
  29. Bolesław Leśmian, Poezje Wybrane [Selected Poetry
  30. Czesław Miłosz, Zniewolony Umysł [Captive Mind]
  31. Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express
  32. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
  33. Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
  34. Henry James, The Princess Casamassima
  35. Henry James, The Bostonians
  36. Henry James, What Maisie Knew
  37. Joseph Heller, Catch -22
  38. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
  39. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, Utilitarianism and Other Essays
  40. David Hume, Selected Essays
  41. Elizabeth Gaskell, The Life of Charlotte Brontë
  42. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
  43. Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations
  44. Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  45. Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
  46. Günter Grass, Blaszany Bębenek [The Tin Drum]
  47. E.M. Forster, A Passage to India
  48. F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and the Damned
  49. Gustave Flaubert,  Madame Bovary
  50. Władysław Reymont, Chłopi [The Peasants]
  51. Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  52. Irène Némirovsky, Suite Française
  53. Virginia Woolf, Night and Day
  54. Joseph Conrad, [Notatnik Osobisty] A Personal Record
  55. Joseph Conrad, The Shadow-Line
  56. Joseph Conrad, The Heart of Darkness (re-read)
  57. Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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3 thoughts on “The Classics Club Reading List

  1. I have started reading the classics for fun a couple years ago. I have finished 7 of them. I have read Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Don Quixote, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables. I am still going to continue reading and yes they are challenging, but that is part of why I love reading them. I own seven other classics that I have not read yet and will continue with them until summer

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  2. Wow! A great, ambitious list! Always good to see my old friend Dickens sneak onto these lists, and I’m glad to see a little touch of classic crime and sci-fi amidst the heavier tomes. Hope you enjoy participating in the Classics Club – I’ve been doing it for about a year and a half now, and loving it! 😀

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