Hello my fellow bookworms and classic clubbers, I created my second list for The Classics Club back on the 8th February 2018, which means today marks the one year stage. Time has flown by! Here is what I have read off my new list in my first year:
This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald
A beautifully written, sometimes gripping, satirical portrait of the golden Jazz Age. While I don’t think Fitzgerald’s work is really for me, I am glad I persevered because these are important works of literature and social commentary.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
A beautifully written classic, with engaging characters, which cleverly explores the societal troubles, strifes and wrongs of the time.
Sandokan, The Pirates of Malaysia by Emilio Salgari
Another rip-roaring adventure (with a touch of romance) that swept me back in time and across the seas.
The Enchanted Castle by E Nesbit
This was the lighter classic I was hoping for, with its blend of magic, adventure and old-fashioned ideals. Unfortunately, this is just not Nesbit’s best work I have read
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
A clever allegorical portrayal of the journey Christians must take through life. I can’t say it was an easy read – in fact it was in parts hard work – however it was a rewarding read.
Emma by Jane Austen
I very much enjoyed a fun, comforting re-read of this witty, utterly charming romance, with its imperfect heroine and farcical misunderstandings.
Which means I have completed…
Lower than I had hope but not a terrible start. It has not helped that I have read some quite long and challenging books. Looking forward, I think I need to indulge in more of the shorter, easier children’s classics I have on my list, to give myself a bit of break now and again.
Have you read any of these? What classics have you enjoyed over the last year?