The Classics Club: One Year Gone

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Which means I have completed…

6/50

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?

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19 thoughts on “The Classics Club: One Year Gone

  1. You did get some chunky ones from your list read. In my mind, though not on paper, I always consider chunksters as more than one book-:) I think some months spent with children’s classics sounds wonderful.

    1. Judy, I like your thinking: chunksters should definitely be counted as more than one book! 😀 And I am looking forward to some lovely children’s classics – I am starting with Little Men by Louisa May Alcott. 🙂

  2. It’s not an impressive amount but it is a good start. Perhaps, as you said, it is better if you tackle smaller volumes. I have read two Fitzgeralds’: The Beautiful and Damned and The Great Gatsby. I loved them both. I DNF Tender Is the Night; it bored me senseless. I’ll make a note to acquire This Side of Paradise. I read the adventures of Sandokan when I was a child and it was among my favorites.

  3. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed The Pilgrim’s Progress. I read it because it features so strongly in Little Women, but it has really stayed with me. I might even reread at some point. 🙂

    1. Jillian, I was also surprised that I enjoyed The Pilgrim’s Progress, even though in parts it was hard work – I definitely think it is a book that will benefit from a re-read. 🙂

  4. Yes, you are off to a great start! I haven’t read as many classics over the past year as I would have liked (happy to have finished Trollope’s Palliser series though) and have joined the Back to the Classics challenge to help motivate me for 2019.

    1. Thank you JoAnn 🙂 Well done on finishing Trollope’s Palliser series and good luck with the Back to the Classics challenge. Hopefully 2019 will be a great year of classics for us both.

  5. Nesbit, Austen and Bronte are reliable favorites for me. I hope you can find a good balance in your next year’s reading of classics.

          1. I was wondering about that since I saw Little Men on your club list unread. That’s one of my favorites! Quite jolly and Jo March-ish. Hope you love it. 😀

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