Classics Club List #3

The other day, a new Classic Club Spin was announced. When I went to check my CC LIST #2 for which books were left, I realised I had been a bit slack about updating it. By the time I added in my recent review of Voss, I was delighted to discover that CC LIST #2 is now complete!

It was started five years ago during August 2017 with 60 titles. The idea is to read and review the books within five years. I can live with running over schedule by three months!

It is now time to compile Classics Club List #3!

I’ve included five years worth of Zola’s to get me through the next five Zoladdiction months with Fanda. The next two Virginia Woolf’s in my personal challenge to read her books in chronological order are below. I’ve also added ALL my unread (A) Australian classics (books that is, not the ones downloaded on my eReader) as I’m determined to read more Australian classics.

My Classics Club List #1 ran from August 2012 – April 2018. During that time I read 65 books. CC List #2 had 60 titles.

In an attempt to complete CC LIST 3# in the allocated five year timeframe – December 2022 to December 2027 – this list contains 50 books.

Naturally these timeframes and lists are not set in stone. They are guidelines only. As with the previous two lists, I will swap books in and out depending on mood, reading challenges and other factors currently unknown to me.

On Sunday I will post a list of 20 for the next CC Spin. It’s quite exciting to have a brand new, fresh list to play with!

  1. (A) 1788 | Watkin Tench
  2. Adam Bede | George Eliot
  3. Alexander’s Bridge | Willa Cather
  4. The Annotated Emma | Jane Austen & David M Shapard
  5. The April Baby’s Book of Tunes | Elizabeth von Arnim (eReader)
  6. Au Bonheur des Dames The Ladies Paradise | Emile Zola
  7. (A) An Australian Girl | Catherine Martin
  8. (A) Australian Life, Black and White | Rosa Praed
  9. Basil | Wilkie Collins
  10. (A) The Battlers | Kylie Tennant
  11. The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
  12. The Benefactress | Elizabeth von Armin
  13. (A) The Black Opal | Katharine Susannah Prichard
  14. (A) Bush Studies | Barbara Baynton
  15. (A) Childhood at Brindibilla (Miles Franklin)
  16. Cimarron | Edna Ferber
  17. (A) Coonardoo | Katharine Susannah Prichard
  18. Death Comes to the Archbishop | Willa Cather
  19. Death of Ivan Ilyvich | Leo Tolstoy
  20. (A) A Difficult Young Man | Martin Boyd
  21. The Feast | Margaret Kennedy
  22. (A) A Fence Around the Cuckoo | Ruth Park
  23. Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad
  24. I Am a Cat | Soseki Natsume
  25. (A) Intimate Strangers | Katharine Susannah Prichard
  26. Jacob’s Room | Virginia Woolf
  27. La Joie de vivre The Bright Side of Life | Emila Zola
  28. Kangaroo | D. H. Lawrence
  29. L’Assommoir The Dram Shop | Emile Zola
  30. (A) Letty Fox: Her Luck | Christina Stead
  31. Life and Fate | Vasily Grossman
  32. (A) Materfamilias | Ada Cambridge
  33. (A) Maurice Guest | Henry Handel Richardson
  34. (A) A Mere Chance | Ada Cambridge
  35. Nana | Emile Zola
  36. Night and Day | Virginia Woolf
  37. (A) Outbreak of Love | Martin Boyd
  38. Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde
  39. (A) The Pioneers | Katharine Susannah Prichard
  40. Pot-Bouille Pot Luck | Emile Zola
  41. Silas Marner | George Eliot
  42. The Solitary Summer | Elizabeth von Armin
  43. (A) A Sydney Sovereign & Other Tales | Tasma
  44. (A) Thirty Years in Australia | Ada Cambridge
  45. (A) The Three Miss Kings | Ada Cambridge
  46. (A) The Timeless Land | Eleanor Dark
  47. The Tortoises | Veza Canetti
  48. (A) The Tree of Man | Patrick White
  49. Une Page d’amour A Love Episode | Emile Zola
  50. (A) We of the Never Never | Jeannie Gunn
This post was written on the traditional land of the Wangal clan, one of the 29 clans of the Eora Nation within the Sydney basin. This Reading Life acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are our first storytellers.

33 thoughts on “Classics Club List #3

  1. Oh, Brona, I’ve completely fallen off the “Classic Club” reading list! That is how all this blogging began…and now I NEED to make a new list. Thanks for inspiring me today to do that.
    My last list sits in my “draft” map and I see I’ve managed to read 45 of the 50 books on it.(2018-2020) Still…Handmaid’s Tale not read! Your list contains so many Australian classics…must see if I can include a few on my list. Zola is always wonderful. Good luck with the new challenging list! No Nobels?


  2. Great list! I have not read a single one of them (except, I guess, Emma – but not The Annotated Emma), so I shall be reading your reviews with interest to see which ones I want to add to my own next list.


  3. I’ve only read the Conrad and the Wilde from this list, but a few of the Woolfs would be on my wishlist, and maybe the Lawrence. I’m still struggling with my current CC list – every time I think I’ll settle down to an Eiot or to yet another dead white male I get distracted by some more contemporary story *sigh*

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  4. It’s a happy feeling to complete a task taken on. And it is also delightful to create a new task. I am going to read a lot of George Eliot next year via the Chapter-a-Day challenge, and I am now reading a Zola a year since I discovered how much I like his writing.


    1. I’m planning on reading the 2 unread Eliot’s on my bookshelf with Nick’s challenge too, hence their inclusion on this list 🙂
      Zola is rather addictive once you get started, isn’t he!!


  5. Welcome to the third-listers group, Brona! 😉
    And FIVE Zolas – one for each Zoladdiction is splendid!
    It’s always good to build a new list, and I imagine, you’ll have a great time creating your CC Spin list from it.. 😉

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    1. Thanks Fanda. I’ve read 125 classic in ten years – pretty happy with that result, given how many contemporary books I need to read for work.
      Two of the Zola’s with this list will be rereads (Nana and Germinal), but I’m determined to read them in chronological order. All going well, when I finish them, I may be tempted to then read them in Zola’s preferred order 🙂


  6. Congratulations on finishing #2!

    I haven’t read any of your Australians, and some of them I hadn’t even heard of. Of the others both those George Eliots & Death Comes For the Archbishop are favourites of mine.


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  7. I am impressed by your lists. I am still on my first, and have not kept track on how long they have been there. You have an impressive list for now, with a variety of classics. It is nice to mix them up with classics from different countries. As for me, I mostly read English speaking classics. I will try to vary myself a little bit. Good luck with the list and see you at the Classics club.
    I have moved from Blogger to Wix and my new blog is on this address:

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      1. Thank you. I am rather happy with it, and hope it will improve as I get to know it better.
        I changed for two reasons: I wanted to be able to create a website of my own, with more flexible solutions than Blogger. I updated google analytics according to instructions, but it did something with the website that I could not correct. The last post turns up at the top also under the other labels.

        I looked around and since I was not sure what I was able to do, I did not want to take something very expensive. It took me quite some time to find out how to do it. Many extra grey hairs for sure. There are very good youtube videos. I think I have a notion now on how it works, but I am sure I will learn more, and there are many more things to do. I tried out a few things which did not work, like adding text in the margins. Maybe I will find it out one day.


  8. Gosh I’m very impressed with your speed at getting your new list up, I finished my first list in the summer and don’t think my new list will be up until next year (well, I know it won’t!) I’m looking forward to a shiny new list and being back with the spins! Jacob’s Room is an absolutely lovely book, I don’t know why it isn’t more read. Happy Reading!


    1. A few years ago I created a TBR classic club list as a place I could add any new classics to as I acquired them or heard about them. I then use this master list to compile the next CC List of 50 books.
      This time I focused on getting all my physical Australian classics (as opposed to those on my eReader) onto the list.
      But I know I will swap things in and out over the next five years to join in reading challenges that don’t yet exist 🙂

      I really hope to get Jacob’s Room soon as I plan to read VW in chronological order and it was years ago that I spun The Voyage Out. I need to get in Night & Day before then though!!

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