Currently reading: Goethe's Faust. Strong in the SF spirit. Introduces a magic-box concept, explores what it does to the world.
Poetry of TS Eliot. Not really stories, makes them hard to fit here. Also wrote a sociology of Cats
Pilgrim's Progress. Sf spirit again? Focus on world building, characters exist mainly as props to guide the readers through the world.
Ulysses. The James Joyce version. Definitely a book about doing the daily shoppping.
Shakespeare's Henry IV and V. Historic fiction, even in the day. Not much in the sf spirit, I think? But not about the minutiae of daily life either.
The golden ass. Work of fantasy (and porn)
War and Peace- historic fiction. Weak in the SF spirit and strong in the 'daily life and characters' spirit.
Ovid's metamorphoses. Fantasy again
Iliad and odyssey. Fantasy, especially the Odyssey is strong in the worldbuilding. though obviously, focus is much stornger on writing style than we would accept in a modern work
Du cote de chez Swann. A good match for 'daily life and characters'
Plato, The Republic. Close to genuine science fiction, I think. Even if it's really non-fiction. Very much world-building over characters or plot, with a hint of Greg Egan.
Philosophy of Boethius. Too strongly non-fiction for us.
Moby Dick - many, many pages about the daily life of whalers...
Canterbury Tales. Hmm, a difficult one. Some stories are fantastic, others are straight up daily life of characters.
Huckleberry Finn. Daily life again, plot exists mostly to explore the characters.
Orestes-trilogy of Aischylos. Technically fantasy, and not daily life at all. Somehow I am still tempted to put it in the daily-life and characters category. Like, the fantastic elements are merely stylistic elements.
Paradise Lost- not much doubt here
Middlemarch - the other extreme
Les Miserables - Very much daily life and characters, even if it doesn't strive for hard realism in either
Don Quixote - Hmm again. It's a book about swords-and-sourcery fantasy, and part of its appeal are the fantasied parts. But it is
a character study of a guy who doesn't actually do much out of the ordinary. I could argue this either way.