My Next 50 Classics to Read

Classics Club

The Mission

The goal of this club is very simple, simply list any 50 classics you would like to read in the next little while, up to 5 years max.  Then hyperlink your post as you read them.  The classic can be in any mode; novel, novella, dramas, short story or poetry (collections).

I would like to expand my list to include some non-fiction that would be a classic in it’s field and philosophy because I have a huge craving for it.  And of course, my definition of a classic is virtually any text much older than the 1960s.  I’ll also count my AGE Project & Russian Classic Reads for this challenge as well. 

The Deadline

My deadline will be in 2 years, so about 2 classics a month.  The reason, my blog has been collecting dust lately.  I want to set a goal of writing 4 reviews a month so hopefully this club can give me the push I need to achieve that.  

All 50 books completed by:

September 1, 2020

If you would like to join, the details are here & you’re welcome to sign up!

The List (Still in Progress)

Ancient & Medieval World Literature (AGE Project)
3. Kalevala
4. Poetic Edda
5. The Monkey & the Monk (Journey to the West)
6. Don Juan
7. The Aeneid
8. The Odyssey
9. The Decameron

** Don Quixote

Philosophy, Poetics & Non-Fiction
10. On the Aesthetic Education of Man
11. What is Art? By Tolstoy
12. Avicenna On Theology By Avicenna (Ibn Sina)
13.  A Compendium On the Soul By Avicenna (Ibn Sina)
14. Being & Time By Martin Heidegger
15. Being & Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre
16. Basic Writings of Nietzsche
17. The Will Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry By Cleanth Brooks
18. Satires, Epistles & Ars Poetica By Horace
19. Discourses on Satire & Epic Poetry By John Dryden

** Of Grammatology By Jacques Derrida
**Poetry, Language, Thought
** The Archaeology of Knowledge & The Discourse on Language

2018's Project Wraps Ups
Soul’s Wager, Faustian, Russian Reads
20. The Red & the Black 
21. Doctor Faustus
22. Melmoth
23. Melmoth Reconciled
24. The Jew of Malta By Christopher Marlowe
25. Caleb Williams By William Godwin
26. Demon By Mikhail Lermontov
27. Faust By Ivan Turgenev
28. A Journal of the Plague Year By Daniel Defoe
29. Demons By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
30. Life & Fate By Vassily Grossman
31. Live & Remember By Valentin Rasputin
32. Siberia on Fire:Stories & Essays By Valentin Rasputin

Classical Satire

Baltic, Middle Eastern & Latino Countries

** Are for wildcard books that can be traded these out for the officially listed ones.


  1. Looks like a good start. I have The Decameron on my list too but I want to finish The Faerie Queene first ..... that book is enormous!

    Best of luck with your list!

    1. Thank you! You're still going with the Faerie Queene, good for you!! It would be a delightful audiobook for a road trip 😊 The Decameron will take me a couple of years to get to, it's a huge book for sure. I'd like to read Canterbury Tales first, just because. 😊

  2. Some very interesting, diverse books on your list - looking forward to seeing what turns in your bottom 50.

  3. An interesting list and you've set yourself an ambitious deadline! Hope you enjoy it and I hope you find it helps you to achieve your goals!

  4. I like how you are using your list as a tool to increase your blogging. Good luck! So many interesting titles, too....

  5. I'm just checking in to see if I need to update your challenge information on the website. Let me know here if I do:


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