Farewell, Classics Club List!

I had every intention of completing my Classics Club list, but my self-imposed deadline of the 31st of December 2015 has come and gone, and realistically, I have no idea as to when I will get to the remaining books on my list.  The project was wonderful whilst it lasted, and it certainly helped to focus my reading a little more.  Below are a list of the books which I did read, along with a rating and a link to the appropriate review.

1. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin **** – thoughts
2. The World That Was Ours – Hilda Bernstein **** – thoughts
3. The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck *** – thoughts
4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey **** – thoughts
5. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote ***** – thoughts // thoughts (BookTube)
8. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky **** – thoughts
9. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas **** – thoughts
11. Medea – Euripides **** – thoughts
12. The Sound and The Fury – William Faulkner ** – thoughts
13. War and Peace (Volume One) – Leo Tolstoy **** – thoughts
15. Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy **** – thoughts (BookTube)
16. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy **** – thoughts
19. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann **** – thoughts
20. Suddenly Last Summer – Tennessee Williams **** – thoughts
21. A View From the Bridge – Arthur Miller – thoughts
22. Rilla of Ingleside – L.M. Montgomery ** – thoughts
23. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery **** – thoughts
25. Night and Day – Virginia Woolf **** – thoughts (BookTube)
26. Poetry – Sappho **** – thoughts
27. Antigone – Sophocles **** – thoughts
28. East of Eden – John Steinbeck ***** – thoughts (BookTube)
29. The Pearl – John Steinbeck *** – thoughts
30. Tortilla Flat – John Steinbeck *** – thoughts
31. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck **** – thoughts
32. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien ***** – thoughts
33. Someone at a Distance – Dorothy Whipple ***** – thoughts
35. Nana – Emile Zola **** – thoughts
36. The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence **** – thoughts
38. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle ** – thoughts
40. Eugene Onegin – Alexander Pushkin **** – thoughts
41. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie **** – thoughts
49. A Sicilian Romance – Ann Radcliffe *** – thoughts
50. Babylon Revisited – F. Scott Fitzgerald **** – thoughts
51. The Beetle – Richard Marsh ** – thoughts
52. Disturbing the Peace – Richard Yates *** – thoughts
53. Living – Henry Green **** – thoughts
54. Cold Spring Harbor – Richard Yates **** – thoughts
55. The Beautiful and Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald **** – thoughts
56. Save Me the Waltz – Zelda Fitzgerald **** – thoughts
57. The Mystery of the Yellow Room – Gaston Leroux *** – thoughts
58. Sunflower – Rebecca West **** – thoughts
59. Novel on Yellow Paper – Stevie Smith *** – thoughts
61. Maude – Christina Rossetti *** – thoughts
62. Saplings – Noel Streatfeild ***** – thoughts
63. Maus – Art Spiegelman **** – thoughts (BookTube)
64. Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke **** – thoughts
65. Poetry – Rainer Maria Rilke **** – thoughts
66. The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar – Edgar Allan Poe **** – thoughts
68. Young Hearts Crying – Richard Yates **** – thoughts
71. Ann Veronica – H.G. Wells ** – thoughts
72. Mary Olivier: A Life – May Sinclair ****
73. Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther – Elizabeth von Arnim ***
74. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon **** – thoughts
75. The Group – Mary McCarthy **** – thoughts
76. The Cossacks – Leo Tolstoy ** – thoughts
77. The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy **** – thoughts
80. Heidi – Johanna Spyri ** – thoughts
81. Five Little Peppers and How They Grew – Margaret Sidney *** – thoughts
84. The Histories – Herodotus – thoughts
87. The Bell Family – Noel Streatfeild **** – thoughts
88. Black Mischief – Evelyn Waugh ** – thoughts
89. The Giver – Lois Lowry ** – thoughts
90. Midwinter – John Buchan ** – thoughts
91. The Machine Stops – E.M. Forster **** – thoughts
92. Stoner – John Williams ***** – thoughts

Re-reads:
93. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte ***** – thoughts
95. Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka ** – thoughts
96. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott **** – thoughts
97. Collected Poems – Alfred Lord Tennyson ***** – thoughts
99. Daisy Miller – Henry James **** – thoughts
100. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte *****

The following are those books which I didn’t manage to get to in the allotted time.  Have you read any of them, and are they worth squeezing in to this year’s list if I am able to?

6. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
7. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
10. Romola – George Eliot
14. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
18. What Maisie Knew – Henry James
24. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
34. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
37. Watership Down – Richard Adams
39. The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
42. Kristin Lavransdatter – Sigrid Undset
43. The Kalevala – Elias Lonnrott
44. Effi Briest – Theodor Fontane
45. Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley
46. Blindness – Henry Green
47. Berlin Alexanderplatz – Alfred Doblin
48. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
60. The Life of Charlotte Bronte – Elizabeth Gaskell
67. The Clergyman’s Daughter – George Orwell
69. Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
70. Heart of a Dog – Mikhail Bulgakov
78. Resurrection – Leo Tolstoy
79. Mother – Maxim Gorky
85. Octavia – Seneca
86. Barnaby Rudge – Charles Dickens

 

All in all, I must say that as the Classics Club was not my sole focus of reading over the thirteen months in which I decided to undertake it, I feel I have done rather well with it.  Are you taking part in the Classics Club at present?  Has this list inspired you to do so?

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9 thoughts on “Farewell, Classics Club List!

  1. Ooh, there’s a lot there I think you should still try to read – Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, We, Crome Yellow, Dead Souls and Heart of a Dog for a start! 🙂

  2. Wow a 100 books is amazing. I am taking part in the Classics Club, but I am only aiming to read 50 books, and in March I will be going into my final year! I enjoyed Bleak House by Charles Dickens.

  3. I’m impressed by how many books you’ve read in your allotted time! Of the ones you didn’t get to, I have Effi Briest and Berlin Alexanderplatz on my list. But since I haven’t read them yet, I can’t tell you whether they are worth reading or not. 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I am hoping to get to both in the near(ish) future, but don’t have copies of either of them yet, so I shall have to search them out!

  4. I also doing it, started last spring and it has been going well so far! I think it is a really fun project and I love seeing what others put on their lists 🙂

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