Classics Club II

The Classics Club

The Classics Club is a club created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books. There’s no time limit to join. You simply sign up to read and write on your blog about at least 50 classic books in at most five years

This is my second list of books to read for the Classics Club. I’ve been hesitating about making a second list as it has taken me almost 10 years to read through my first list! So I hope this second list won’t take me that long. It doesn’t have to be a fixed list as you can alter it at any time. I’ll be using this list once I’ve finished reading the last book on my first list.

I’ve listed the books in a-z author order. 

  1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – I’m not sure that I’ve read this before, so it may turn out to be a re-read.
  2. Another Part of the Wood by Beryl Bainbridge
  3. Death in the Tunnel by Miles Burton
  4. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  5. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  6. The Mousetrap and Selected Plays by Agatha Christie
  7. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  8. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  9. The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin
  10.  Buried for Pleasure by Edmund Crispin
  11. The Stars Look Down by A J Cronin
  12. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  13. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  14. Dickens at Christmas by Charles Dickens
  15. Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  16. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  17. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
  18. The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas
  19. Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford
  20. A Room with a View by E M Forster
  21. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy Forsyte Saga (1)
  22. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  23. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
  24. Daisy Miller by Henry James
  25. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  26. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
  27. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  28. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  29. The Night Manager by John le Carre
  30. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  31. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay – read
  32. How Green was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
  33. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D H Lawrence
  34. Friends and Heroes by Olivia Manning
  35. Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
  36. The Birds and other short stories by Daphne du Maurier
  37. I’ll Never Be Young Again by Daphne du Maurier
  38. The Time of Angels by Iris Murdoch
  39. Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault
  40. Waverley by Walter Scott
  41. A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute
  42. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
  43. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
  44. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
  45. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope
  46. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
  47. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  48. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  49. The Invisible Man by H G Wells
  50. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf

12 thoughts on “Classics Club II

  1. I finished my first CC list in 3 years. It took me another 2 or 3 years to gear up for round 2. Now I’m 2 years into CC 2.0, and I’ve only read 9 books. I’m hoping to make some significant progress this year.

    Good luck!

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  2. You’ve got some fine choices there, Margaret. There are a few there I ought to read, myself, including the Bainbridge. I’ve read some of her work, but not that one. I’ll be interested to know what you think of it when you get there.

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  3. I think there are few who’ve finished at all! I have up after a couple years, maybe should re-commit. I have a few of these on my mental list, Picnic at Hanging Rock and some Trollope.

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    1. I’ve found that I go for months forgetting about my list and read newer books instead. I loved Picnic at Hanging Rock, not so much Trollope’s books, they can be so slow.

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  4. you have some chunksters there (Nicholas Nickleby and Waverley) so it’s good to see that you also have some shorter fare.

    It took me well over 5 years to complete my first list too. I’m now thinking of doing a second round but organising it around categories rather than specific titles.I’m good at making lists, less good at sticking to them!

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  5. I enjoy making lists – but often don’t stick to them! 🙂 Categories sounds a good idea, rather than specific titles, giving you more leeway. I sometimes think that adding books to lists makes me read other books instead!!


  6. That’s a super list! I’ve read a few of them and others are giving me ideas… LOL! I assume you’re doing this alongside the Back to the Classics challenge? Some books will do for both? Having been tempted so many times I’ve at long last jumped in and am doing the latter but probably will not try for all 12 categories – 6 seems reasonable. Have fun!

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  7. What a great list, some of my most favourite books and some that I’m going to put on my second list. Brilliant to be finishing your first list, no matter how long its taken! I think I might push some off my first list on to a second because I’m just so bored of looking at them – next time I need to be more organised!

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  8. That’s a great list, I’ve read 17 of them. I’m just about to compile my third CC list as I’m almost finished the second one. Some of your books are going to be on my next list.

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  9. Fantastic list! I wouldn’t at all mind if that was my own list – so many favourites on there. Dickens and Austen, of course – Sense and Sensibility is her best book, imo, even though Pride and Prejudice is more enjoyable. I’ll be keen to see what you think of the Conrads, and I’ll be reading North and South soon too. Too many goodies to go through them all, actually, so I’ll just wish you happy reading1

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