The Classics Club | List Adjustments 2020

Hello my fellow bookworms, near the end of last month, I shared with you what I had read in my second year of reading off my second Classics Club list (The Classics Club | Two Years Gone). Now, after reflecting on how many books I read; what I enjoyed and what I’ve lost interest in, here are the alterations I would like to make to my list:

ABC – Additions
ABC – Removals
ABC – Read

  1. Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott **
  2. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott **
  3. Emma by Jane Austen [Re-Read] ***
  4. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  5. The Watsons by Jane Austen
  6. Sanditon by Jane Austen **
  7. Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon by Jane Austen
  8. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [Re-Read]
  9. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen [Re-Read]
  10. Persuasion by Jane Austen [Re-Read] ***
  11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [Re-Read]
  12. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [Re-Read]
  13. The Marvelous Land of Oz by Frank L Baum
  14. Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
  15. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë ***
  16. The Professor by Charlotte Brontë
  17. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
  18. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan **
  19. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett ***
  20. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  21. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  22. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  23. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  24. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  25. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  26. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens [Re-Read]
  27. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
  28. The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas
  29. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  30. This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald *
  31. A Passage to India by E M Forster
  32. A Room with a View by E M Forster
  33. Howards End by E M Forster ***
  34. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  35. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  36. King Solomon’s Mine by H. Ryder Haggard
  37. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy [Re-Read] ***
  38. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  39. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  40. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  41. The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
  42. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  43. The Enchanted Castle by E Nesbit *
  44. Sandokan, The Pirates of Malaysia by Emilio Salgari **
  45. The Black Corsair by Emilio Salgari
  46. The Queen of the Caribbean by Emilio Salgari
  47. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  48. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [Re-Read]
  49. Heidi by Johann Spyri
  50. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
  51. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  52. The Invisible Man by H G Wells
  53. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H G Wells
  54. The Time Machine by H G Wells **
  55. The War of the Worlds by H G Wells **
  56. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  57. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

That leaves me with a list of 55 books. First off, all I’ve done is to separate Jane Austen’s shorter, unfinished works into individual books on my list, because I think this is fairer when I come to review them. Then I have added two more of H. G. Wells’ novels, after having enjoyed the two that were already on my list in the last year.

While I have removed the two Edith Wharton novels I had on my list – Simply because I have lost interest in reading them, well in comparison to the other books on my list anyway.

Now over to you: What do you think of my changes? Have you read any of the books on my list? Are there any you think I should prioritise?


16 thoughts on “The Classics Club | List Adjustments 2020

  1. I plan to read The Count of Monte Cristo this year. When you get to Heidi, I am sure you will love it.

  2. I have Age of Innocence on my list – am thinking of reading that in April when its 1952 reading week. I can’t be certain I haven’t already read it though clearly if I did, it didn’t make of an impression…..

    I made several changes to my classics club list too when I lost interest in some of my original titles.

    1. Karen, I hope you will enjoy your read (possibly re-read) of The Age of Innocence… Your thoughts on it might determine whether I re-add it to my list. 😉

  3. You can always add the Wharton books again at a later date if you feel inclined to read them, but it was a good idea to replace them with Wells if you have enjoyed him so far. You’ve got quite a good variety on the list, so hopefully you should find things to enjoy about most if not all of the ones you still have to read.

    1. Thank you, Alyson – I have purposely tried to have a good mixture of books and adding more by an author I am enjoying will encourage me to read more off my list, so win, win! 😁

  4. I think swapping Edith Wharton for HG Wells is an excellent idea! Not that I haven’t enjoyed the little Wharton I’ve read but she hasn’t become a favourite, whereas I loved both those Wells’ ones.

    1. Thank you, FF – I think it is definitely best to add more books by Wells as I have been enjoying his books. It will only encourage me to read more books off my list. Win, win! 😁

  5. Sorry to see the Whartons go — she’s one of my favorite authors. However, I don’t much care for the two Wells books you enjoyed, so we probably have different tastes. I hope you enjoy your reading. 🙂

  6. Good list–I’ve read many of them, but I admit I’ve decided I am not trying any more Dickens. I just can’t get through them. Call me a heretic! I’m done with him. This Side of Paradise is one of my “beloveds” and I loved Jo’s Boys. Happy Reading.

    1. Thank you! But I am sorry to hear you’ve not been able to get through any of Dickens novels. Not even the novella, A Christmas Carol? I love Dickens, however I have to admit I really struggled with This Side of Paradise and all of Fitzgerald’s novels.

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