Classics Club 2019-2023

A funny thing happened on the way to my English degree…

Once upon a time, I went to college, planning to become an English teacher. Five years later, I graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences and the realization that I hadn’t read an awful lot of things considered Classics-with-a-Capital-C. That was mumblemumble years ago.

More recently, I stumbled across the Classics Club blog, and I do love a Reading Challenge. So, here are my 50 books to read between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2023. Some of them are books I’ve read but would like to revisit, some are books I read snippets of in a Comparative Literature class, and some are books that are entirely new to me. I’ll be using this page as a master list to link to blog posts as I go.

  1. The Oresteia: Agamemnon, Eumenides, and Libation Bearers by Aeschylus (translated by Sarah Ruden)
  2. Complete Fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen
  3. Lysistrata by Aristophanes (translated by Sarah Ruden)
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
  6. Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy
  7. Beowulf (translated by Seamus Heaney)
  8. The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston
  9. The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell
  10. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
  11. Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  12. The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garard
  13. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  14. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (translated by Dorothy Sayers)
  15. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
  16. The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine De Pizan (translated by Rosalind Brown-Grant)
  17. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey
  18. Corinne by Germaine De Staël
  19. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  20. The Epic of Gilgamesh (translated by Andrew George)
  21. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  22. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  23. Raggedy Ann & Andy by Johnny Gruelle
  24. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
  25. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  26. Histories by Herodotus (translated by Pamela Mensch)
  27. Nutcracker and Mouse-King by E.T.A. Hoffmann
  28. The Iliad by Homer (translated by Caroline Alexander)
  29. The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson)
  30. Tom Brown’s Schooldays by Thomas Hughes
  31. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  32. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles & Mary Lamb
  33. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  34. Metamorphoses by Ovid (translated by A.D. Melville)
  35. Republic by Plato (translated by Benjamin Jowett)
  36. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  37. Pamela by Samuel Richardson
  38. The Goblin Market and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti
  39. Devil’s Pool by George Sand
  40. Poems by Sappho (translated by Diane Rayor)
  41. The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon (translated by Meredith McKinney)
  42. Letters from a Stoic by Seneca (translated by Robin Campbell)
  43. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (translated by Marie Borroff)
  44. Antigone, Oedipus Rex, and Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles (translated by Frank Nisetich)
  45. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (translated by William Butcher)
  46. The Aeneid by Virgil translated by Sarah Ruden
  47. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  48. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
  49. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  50. Nana by Émile Zola translated by Douglas Parmee