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.

I actually have a much longer list that I am drawing titles from, and I have been (and will continue to be) making substitutions as I go. Titles removed from this list go back onto the master list for a future batch of 50.

  1. The Oresteia: Agamemnon, Eumenides, and Libation Bearers by Aeschylus (translated by Sarah Ruden)
  2. Complete Fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen
  3. Confessions by Augustine (translated by Sarah Ruden)
  4. Beowulf (translated by Seamus Heaney)
  5. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
  6. The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell
  7. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
  8. The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garard
  9. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  10. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (translated by Dorothy Sayers)
  11. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
  12. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey
  13. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  14. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle
  15. Joseph Andrews and Shamela by Henry Fielding
  16. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  17. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  18. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
  19. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  20. Histories by Herodotus (translated by Pamela Mensch)
  21. The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson)
  22. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  23. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  24. Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
  25. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (translated by Martin Hammond)
  26. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  27. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  28. Metamorphoses by Ovid (translated by A.D. Melville)
  29. The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan (translated by Rosalind Brown-Grant)
  30. Symposium by Plato (translated by Christopher Gill)
  31. Pamela by Samuel Richardson
  32. The Goblin Market and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti
  33. Devil’s Pool by George Sand
  34. Poems by Sappho (translated by Diane Rayor)
  35. Letters from a Stoic by Seneca (translated by Robin Campbell)
  36. Antigone, Oedipus Rex, and Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles (translated by Frank Nisetich)
  37. The Aeneid by Virgil translated by Sarah Ruden
  38. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  39. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  40. Nana by Émile Zola translated by Douglas Parmee


  1. Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett (March 8, 2019)
  2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by Marie Borroff (December 28, 2019)
  3. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (January 29, 2020)
  4. Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy (December 29, 2020)
  5. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles & Mary Lamb (December 31, 2020)
  6. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (June 21, 2021)
  7. The Iliad by Homer, translated by Caroline Alexander (February 1, 2022)
  8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (December 2, 2022)
  9. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (December 27, 2022)
  10. The Epic of Gilgamesh, translated by Andrew George (January 20, 2023)