So for quite a while now I thought about joining The Classics Club and this year I have decided to join up. I have chosen 50 books all published before 1900 and plan to complete the list in five years, so my deadline is 11th January 2027. I used to read a lot of classics so it will be good to get reading them again and tick off quite a few books on my TBR pile.
The list has mostly new reads for me but there are a few favourites on the list and ones that I can’t quite remember all the storyline of and would like to read again.
All books that I read and review will be linked back to this list.
In no particular order, here is the list…
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Silas Marner by George Eliot
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
Villette by Charlotte Brontë
The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
The Red Sphinx by Alexandre Dumas
The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas
Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas
Louise de La Valliere by Alexandre Dumas
Lady Susan and other works by Jane Austen
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Evelina by Frances Burney
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Love in Excess by Eliza Haywood
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Candide by Voltaire
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
The Runaway by Elizabeth Anna hart
Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Apologies for being a bit quiet recently, I must admit I have been enjoying a break from everything over the festive period but now I am back to normal and looking forward to a good year of reading and blogging.
So here is my year in books!
I am pleased I made my Goodreads Challenge again this year.
Here are all the books I read
I think I read a few different genres in 2021 and I did try to leave my comfort zone at times as well. One thing I did learn was that I really miss reading classics so I think 2022 will involve me reading a few more classics.
I must admit I am starting to panic that I might not finish my challenge. I only have December left and that is usually quite a busy month for me work wise.
Building the massive stack was very difficult as I was fighting to stop it falling over. It now involves me holding it up and my husband helping to build the stack.
Only 6 books were added this month and sadly some of these were rather thin books.
The stack now measures at 52 inches high. 15 inches to go and last month I only read a total of 3.5inches! The stack doesn’t count my digital books so I could find a way of including those to help the total.
Here are the pictures from the rest of the year.
15 inches to read before the end of the year. Wish me luck.
It is time for another instalment of Reading My Height in Books. Another 4 books have been added to the stack.
The height of the stack is now 41.5 inches. That just means I have 25.5 inches left to go and I think I will be able to manage this, all being well. The dissertation is finished now and that means I have been enjoying a little bit more reading time.
Here are the pictures from the previous months. Look at that book stack grow!
I have decided on another reading challenge. Yes, I know another one. I currently have the Agatha Christie and the Shakespeare challenges ongoing but I thought I would add the Maigret books by Georges Simenon in as well. There are a few reasons for this, firstly, I am collecting the rather lovely Penguin editions of the Maigret books, my husband is collecting the Folio Society editions. Secondly, I can easily read them in one sitting, so they don’t take a great deal of time to read and they do make me laugh. I find they are a rather useful distraction when the husband is watching the Grand Prix.
In total there are 75 books in the Penguin series and I have been reading them in the order Penguin gives. I have read three out of order because I read the Folio editions and those were the ones which got me hooked.
Anyway, here is the list. The ones ticked off are also linked to the reviews
I thought it was time for the monthly update on the massive book stack of all the books I have read so far this year.
Another 4 books have been added to the pile.
The height of the stack is now exactly 39 inches which means I just have 28 inches to go. Fingers crossed I can manage it. I think once my dissertation is complete then I will hopefully read more books.
I thought it was time for an update on my Agatha Christie reading challenge as my last update was in June. I am attempting to read all of the complete full length novels by Christie in order of publication.
So here is the big list of books. The crossed off titles are the ones I have already read and reviewed, click them to be taken to the review.