New Classics Club list

At last I’ve got around to compiling my new list of 50 classic books to work my way through for the Classics Club. I completed my original list – and then some – a wee while ago, I think I got to 68 when I decided it was probably time I counted how many classics I had read, but the original list of 50 is here if you’re interested.

My new list is of mainly quite old books, I’m quite strict about what I regard as a classic and almost all of these books are ones that I’ve had in the house for donkey’s years awaiting their turn for a moment in the limelight by actually being read.

I’ve already read and reviewed a couple of them, I got Down and Out in Paris and London in spin number 16.

1. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope
2. Nana by Emile Zola
3. The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott
4. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
5. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott
6. The Broken Road by Patrick Leigh Fermor
7. Montaigne
8. Summer Half by Angela Thirkell
9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
10. Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Laclos
11. Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter
12. High Wages by Dorothy Whipple
13. The Disorderly Knights by Dorothy Dunnett
14. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
15. Orkneyinga Saga
16. The Children Who Lived in a Barn by Eleanor Graham
17. A Scream in Soho by John G. Brandon
18. The Town in Bloom by Dodie Smith
19. Hungry Hill by Daphne du Maurier
20. The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
21. Expiation by Elizabeth von Arnim
22. The Benefactress by Elizabeth von Arnim
23. The Earth by Emile Zola
24. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
25. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
26. The House in Norham Gardens by Penelope Lively
27. The Corn King and the Spring Queen by Naomi Mitchison
28. Miss Marjoribanks by Margaret Oliphant
29. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant
30. Doctor Dolittle and the Green Parrot by Hugh Lofting
31. If This Is a Man Primo Levi
32. End of the Chapter by John Galsworthy
33. The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights by John Steinbeck
33. Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
34. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
35. The Trial by Franz Kafka
36. Maurice by E.M. Forster
37. The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov
34. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
35. Long Summer Day by R.F. Delderfield
36. Post of Honour by R.F. Delderfield
37. The Green Gauntlet by R.F. Delderfield
38. The Oaken Heart by Margery Allingham
39. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
40. No Signposts in the Sea by Vita Sackville-West
41. Britannia Mews by Margery Sharp
42. Rider of the White Horse by Rosemary Sutcliff
43. The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff
44. Sing For Your Supper by Pamela Frankau
45. The Tempest by Shakespeare
46. An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer
47. Angel Pavement by J.B. Priestley
48. Pawn in Frankincense by Dorothy Dunnett
49. The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark
50. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather

I’ve managed to get a nice split of 25 books by female authors and 25 by male authors, if I’ve counted correctly, and 10 of them are Scottish authors. Towards the end I cheated a bit (to my mind anyway) and added authors that I wouldn’t normally think of as being classic authors as they’re a bit modern-ish in my eyes. A few of the books are children’s classics.

What do you think of my list? Have you read any of them?

9 thoughts on “New Classics Club list

  1. I’ve read thirteen of them–Thirkell, Whipple, Taylor, Heyer, Dunnett, and a few others. You do have quite a variety. It should make for interesting reading. I’m sure I will be adding to my lists when I read your reviews.

  2. Wow, Katrina, this list makes me realize once again how many more books I would love to read! I’ve only read a few of the authors from the list but none of these specific titles. I look forward to reading your reviews and adding more to my list of books “to be read”. I need to make more time in my life for reading. Maybe this year???

    • Paula,
      I sometimes think I spend too much time reading, I’m sure if I was a wee girl my mum would have been saying – go out and get some fresh air and exercise! It’ll take me a good long while to work my way through this lot though.

    • Margaret,
      There are a lot of chunksters in that list, at least The Tempest should be a quick read. I should probably have added more Shakespeare as I want to read the ones I’ve missed out on.

  3. What a great list. I’ve read a few of those books, but there are also a lot that I know nothing about, so I’ll be interested to hear what you think of them. I’ve actually just started reading Britannia Mews and although it’s really too early to say, I think I’m going to like it.

    • Helen,
      I think I’ll be reading Britannia Mews soon, it’s a slim volume compared with many of them. My copy was a lucky find when we were in Orkney if I’m remembering correctly.

  4. I really enjoyed studying this list. So many books, by authors I’m familiar with, that I’ve never heard of. Brava! It has had me scratching my head all over, realigning my sights and notes. What fun you’ll have, and what fun we’ll have hearing of your reading adventures! I have read Kafka’s The Trial (a shocker) and Anna Karenina (sp.?) The latter is a novel I don’t think I’ll try to read again, just as I resist, resist reading Madame Bovary. But, Katrina, the Tolstoy novel is a must read.

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