My Classics “To Read” List

This is my list of classics I plan/hope to read during this sojourn here on Planet Earth. I started with a list of 60, compiled for The Classics Club, but since then I’ve found that I am going to need to be flexible and add books as I go along. As I complete a book I will remove it from this list and add it to the list below called Reading Complete. It’s a crude system. I feel like I ought to have some kind of cute graph that shows goal versus progress, but I guess this list method will have to do for now. I have too much reading to do to take time to design a graph.

TO READ

  1. The Aeneid by Virgil
  2. The Republic by Plato
  3. Phaedo by Plato
  4. Poetics by Aristotle
  5. Politics by Aristotle
  6. Ethics by Aristotle
  7. Metaphysics by Aristotle
  8. Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas
  9. The Divine Comedy by Dante (I’ve read the Inferno and Purgatorio but have not yet been able to venture very far into Paradisio)
  10. The Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross
  11. All of Shakespeare’s Sonnets plus re-read King Lear, Othello, Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra and several other plays
  12. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  13. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
  14. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  15. John Donne’s Poetry (Norton Critical editions) 
  16. Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant (**Read once. Need to read again.**)
  17. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
  18. Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard
  19. Either/Or: A Fragment of Life by Soren Keirkegaard
  20. The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air by Soren Keirkegaard
  21. Rob Roy by Walter Scott
  22. The Talisman by Walter Scott
  23. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
  24. Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  25. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
  26. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens
  27. The Cricket of the Hearth by Charles Dickens
  28. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  29. No Name by Wilkie Collins
  30. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  31. The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  32. Pendennis by William Makepeace Thackeray
  33. Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  34. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope
  35. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  36. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope 
  37. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope
  38. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope
  39. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  40. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  41. Middlemarch by George Elliot 
  42. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
  43. Phantastes by George MacDonald
  44. The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald (Currently reading)
  45. Getting to Know Jesus by George MacDonald
  46. Daniel Deronda by George Elliot
  47. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  48. Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  49. Devils by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  50. The Eternal Husband by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  51. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  52. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  53. Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers
  54. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G.K Chesterton
  55. Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  56. The Cocktail Party by T.S. Eliot
  57. My Life by Anton Chekhov
  58. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
  59. Individualism and Economic Order by Friedrich Hayek
  60. The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism by Friedrich Hayek
  61. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman 
  62. The March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman
  63. The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
  64. Political Theology by Carl Schmitt
  65. Christianity and Culture: The Idea of a Christian Society and Notes Towards the Definition of Culture by T.S. Eliot
  66. The Politics of Friendship by Jacques Derrida
  67. The Proper Study of Mankind by Isaiah Berlin
  68. Why Read the Classics? by Italo Calvino
  69. Art and Scholasticism and Other Essays by Jacques Maritain
  70. The Range of Reason by Jacques Maritain
  71. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
  72. Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy
  73. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
  74. Everything that Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor
  75. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (re-read)
  76. Germinal by Emile Zola
  77. First Love by Ivan Turgenev
  78. Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev
  79. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
  80. Oh Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  81. One of Ours by Willa Cather
  82. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
  83. My Antonia! by Willa Cather
  84. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  85. Willa Cather: On Writing by Willa Cather
  86. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  87. The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
  88. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  89. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  90. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  91. The Art of Being by Erich Fromm
  92. To Have or to Be? The Nature of the Psyche by Erich Fromm
  93. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
  94. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
  95. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope
  96. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
  97. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope
  98. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
  99. Utopia by Thomas More
  100. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  101. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

READING COMPLETE!

  1. Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope (1 August 2014)
  2. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope (15 August 2014)
  3. The Republic by Plato (2 September 2014)
  4. Devils by Fyodor Dostoevsky (25 October 2014)
  5. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (15 November 2014)
  6. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman (7 January 2015)
  7. Middlemarch by George Elliot (30 January 2015)
  8. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (15 February 2015)
  9. Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev (17 April 2015)
  10. The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James (18 May 2015)
  11. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor (30 June 2015)
  12. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (June 25 2015)
  13. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (2 July 2015)
  14. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (4 July 2015)
  15. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope (28 August 2015)
  16. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope (15 September 2015)
  17. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope (10 October 2015)
  18. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope (1 November 2015
  19. The Art of Being by Erich Fromm (18 November 2015)
  20. The Warden by Anthony Trollope  (25 November 2015)
  21. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope (11 December 2015)
  22. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope (01 March 2016)
  23. Oh Pioneers! by Willa Cather (21 March 2016)
  24. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope (April 2016)
  25. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope (April 2016)
  26. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope (May 2016)
  27. Utopia by Thomas More (May 21, 2016)
  28. The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air by Soren Keirkegaard (June 15, 2016)
  29. Getting to Know Jesus by George MacDonald (July 30, 2016)
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  1. I must join your club. You have some great novels on this list by some exceptional authors.

    • It is easy to join the Classics Club and it’s a fun way to share thoughts and book reviews. You would fit right in. But it’s not my club – I’m just a member. : )

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