Classics Club list – number 3

I’ve finished reading all of the books on my second Classics Club list, you can see the books I read and reviewed here. I started reading that list in January 2018 and I still have one to review. Towards the end of my second list I ended up substituting a couple of books as I read some classics which hadn’t been on my list, so a few from my old list are on the new list, including The Black Arrow by R.L. Stevenson. My copy is a really old leather bound one with teeny wee print and despite the fact that I’ve just got new varifocals I think I would be more comfortable reading it on my Kindle so I’ll have to see about getting a copy onto it, probably via Project Gutenberg. I’m running out of classic books that I have unread in my house, so some of the books on this list will be borrowed from the library. Others don’t really come into the ‘classic’ category as far as I am concerned, such as the Thirkells but other people seem to regard them as classics and I have been intending to continue to re-read them in order so I’ve added them to the list. Have you read many from my new list and if so are any of them favourite reads?

1. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
2. Saplings by Noel Streatfeild
3. Hungry Hill by Daphne du Maurier
4. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
5. Katherine by Anya Seton
6. Midwinter by John Buchan
7. Mary Anne by Daphne du Maurier
8. Beyond the Black Stump by Nevil Shute
9. Anne of Geierstein by Sir Walter Scott
10. Liza of Lambeth by W. Somerset Maugham
11. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
12. Christmas Holiday by W. Somerset Maugham
13. The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham
14. Kilvert’s Diary 1870 – 1879
15. L’Assommoir (The Gin Palace) by Emile Zola
16. We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea by Arthur Ransome
17. Secret Water by Arthur Ransome
18. The Big Six by Arthur Ransome
19. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott
20. Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott
21. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott
22. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott
23. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
24. The MacDermotts of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope
25. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope
26. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
27. The Harsh Voice by Rebecca West
28. Good Daughters by Mary Hocking
29. The Way Things Are by E.M. Delafield
30. The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
31. The Trumpet Major by Thomas Hardy
32. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
33. Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff
34. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
35. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
36. The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle by Tobias Smollett
37. Pomfret Towers by Angela Thirkell
38. The Brandons by Angela Thirkell
39. Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell
40. Cheerfulness Breaks In by Angela Thirkell
41. The Island Pharisees by John Galsworthy
42. The Sinful Priest by Emile Zola
43. Othello by William Shakespeare
44. Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
45. The Master of Ballantrae by R.L. Stevenson
46. A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain by Daniel Defoe
47. The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
48. A  Pink Front Door by Stella Gibbons
49. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy
50. One More River by John Galsworthy

If I’m counting correctly there are only 14 of them by women authors, must do better in future.

14 thoughts on “Classics Club list – number 3

  1. In my opinion, Katherine is the best book on your list. I either picked it up from the library in high school or the lovely nun who ran the library put it in my hand, and all these years later I still think it is one of my favorite and most memorable books.

    I am a big du Maurier fan but Hungry Hill is kind of dreary. I’ve read all the Ransomes and all the Thirkells. And The Painted Veil. Did you watch the miniseries of Around the World in 80 Days which we are getting now? I realize I forgot to set it to record before I came to New York for the weekend.

    • Constance,
      So many people I know have loved Katherine, I’ve had a copy of it in the house for years so I have no idea why I haven’t got around to it.

      I love du Maurier too, I think I only have Mary Ann and Hungry Hill still to read, and I’ve started to read Hungry Hill three times and gave up on it each time – and I very rarely do that – so I’m glad to hear that you don’t think much of it. Yes we really enjoyed Around the World in Eighty Days which just finished here last week. Mind you I will watch anything with David Tennant in it. I hope you manage to see it all somehow. The Thirkells will be re-reads for me and I had a Maugham phase when I was a teenager so I may have read The Painted Veil but if so I can’t remember anything about it.

      • Katherine includes a memorable chapter about the Plague, and when I was 13 I chose to do a report on the Plague for my history class. Trying to show contagion, I had the not-very-bright idea of filling a napkin with pepper at lunch time. As part of my presentation I read aloud from Katherine and at a pivotal moment tossed the pepper around the classroom!

        Needless to say, my grand gesture did not go over well. People started sneezing and complaining it had gone in their eyes. The teacher yelled at me and gave me a bad grade. I think I got a D for the semester. The lack of appreciation is sometimes amazing . . .

        • Constance,
          I had no idea that the Plague would be in Katherine. I can well imagine the scene in your classroom. A D is maybe a wee bit mean of your teacher though, you had a great feel for drama!

  2. That looks like a great list. Katherine is one of my favourite books and I also loved The Master of Ballantrae, Far From the Madding Crowd and The Painted Veil. Hungry Hill and Mary Anne are not in my top few du Mauriers, but I did still find them both interesting.

    There are quite a few books on your list that I know little or nothing about, so I’ll look forward to hearing more about them as you read them!

  3. Woohoo, list 3 – impressive! I’ve read a few of these, but not many. Highlights of those I have read would be The Master of Ballantrae and Around the World in 80 Days, both of which I loved. I enjoyed Waverley but not as much as I’ve enjoyed other Scott’s, and have Guy Mannering and The Black Arrow on my second CC list. Have fun!

    • FictionFan,

      I plan to read The Master of Ballantrae fairly soon. I’ve just realised that I have some unread Margaret Oliphant books in the house and I should have added them to the list – so some of it might change!

  4. There are a good number of books on your list that I am not familiar, but that is good, I will learn more about them from your reviews. I am going to go back through your previous two lists and check out some of the reviews. What an accomplishment, finishing two lists. I am going very slowly on my first one.

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