The Classics Club 2020-2025: 3rd list recap

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The Classics Club
November 2020 – November 2025

In November 2020, I started to read my 3rd list of 50 137 titles for The Classics Club.
But I actually managed to finish 137 titles on September 1st, 2022 (instead of November 2025)
See my full 3rd list here. The post explains why on earth 137!
And as usual, I actually only read 25 of my original list.
See my 2nd list here. (50 books)
And my first list here. (50 books)
Writing short reviews for the Sunday Salon has helped me a bit, but still I haven’t reviewed them all.

📚 Here is a little recap:

From the original list of 50 titles (25 read), what is the most obvious is my discovery of fabulous old classic mysteries – some are getting republished, which is a good thing, as they stayed forgotten gem for too long.
My best discoveries are Cornell Woolrich, James M. Cain, Edna Ferber, Josephine Tey, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Rex Stout, and Eric Ambler.
I was neat to read more by Milne, Orwell, Daphne du Maurier, and Garcia Marquez.

Besides this list of 50, I finished my Bible Project (28 books), by listening to the whole Old Testament, and rereading the New Testament in a recent Orthodox translation.

I also finished my Hercule Poirot Project (34 audiobook in this list).

And I read 51 books that were not originally on my list.
Among these, my major discoveries are Sébastien Japrisot, Mahfouz, Maria Angelica Bosco, and Hansberry.
it was good rereading from Simenon (8 books read with a French student of mine), Kobo Abe, Barjavel (with another French student), Dhôtel, H. G. Wells, Verne, and my favorite Alain-Fournier.

Besides Bible books, the oldest title was published in 1842:
Les Mystères de Paris, by Eugène Sue
And the most recent in 1973:
The Box Man, by Kobo Abe

📚 Genre:

  • 1 horror
  • 3 plays
  • 4 poetry
  • 4 literary fiction
  • 5 children
  • 5 nonfiction + 28 Biblical Books
  • 6 scifi
  • 7 historical fiction
  • 16 Japanese fiction
  • 24 mysteries + 34 by Agatha Christie

In nonfiction, my favorite was

Down and Out in Paris in London

📚 Format:

  • 60 print
  • 77 audio

I only had 1 DNF, The Sleepwalkers (1932), by Hermann Broch.
Obviously, the other titles I have not read yet will be in my 4th list, that you can discover here tomorrow!

Club hashtags on Twitter:

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Top Ten Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago

Top Ten Books I Love
That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago

TTT for August 16, 2022
#TopTenTuesday
 

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I have read A LOT of books published over ten years ago, and I love a lot of these, so I just went by chronological order of the last books I have read and chose the ones that fit the topic.

I have added on each cover the year it was published in (it goes from 1901 to 2008).
If you right click and “open the image in a new tab”, you can see the image much bigger, and even zoom in.

If you click on the picture,
you will land on my Goodreads shelf

Top ten Tuesday before 2012

And here are some links when I wrote something about them:
Fer-de-Lance
Down and Out in Paris and London
The First Men in the Moon
Confessions
The Bride Wore Black – probably my favorite of these ten
So Big
Death Going Down

Have YOU read
or are YOU planning to read any of these?
Please leave the link to your own post,
so I can visit.

2022: June wrap-up

JUNE 2022 WRAP-UP

Reading many books (8 right now) at the same time is fun, but then while you are in the middle of them, the statistics don’t reflect the effort, lol. They will eventually.
I was expecting bigger numbers this month, but I have so many books in process right now…

The good news is I’m currently 9 books ahead of schedule (57% done) to read 120 books this year.

📚 Here is what I read in June:

9 books:
6 in print 
with 1,386 pages, a daily average of 46 pages/day
3 in audio
= 25H03
, a daily average of 50 minutes/ day

4 in mystery:

  1. The Red House Mystery, by A. A. Milne – audiobook, counts for The Classics Club
  2. Liberty bar (Maigret #17), by Georges Simenon – read with a French student,
    counts for The Classics Club
  3. The Bride Wore Black, by Cornell Woolrich – counts for The Classics Club
  4. Le Crépuscule des fauves, by Marc Levy – French audiobook

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America, by Thomas J. Craughwell
  2. Beginning to Pray, by Anthony Bloom – Orthodox spirituality

2 in fiction:

  1. Le Horla et autres nouvelles, by Guy de Maupassant  – a reread, read with a French student, counts for The Classics Club
  2. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin – received for review

1 in historical fiction:

  1. So Big, by Edna Ferber – audiobook, counts for The Classics Club

This month, absolutely no hesitation to pick 2 winners:

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

The Bride Wore Black So Big

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 124/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9/12 books – During the year: 10
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 4/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge
: 16/10+

Total of books read in 2022 = 68/120 (57%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 11

 OTHER BOOKS  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

  Le voyage d'Octavio A Raisin in the Sun Stuart Little  

BOOK RECEIVED FOR REVIEW

Human Nature

Human Nature, by Serge Joncour
US publication date: 8th September 2022
by Gallic/Belgravia Books

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

In Praise of Shadows

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

The top 8 books to read in June 2022

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Julie Anna’s Books
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

Marianne at Let’s Read
Deb at ReaderBuzz
Greg at Book Haven
please go and visit them,
they have great blogs

BLOG MILESTONES 

2,533 posts
over 5,625 followers
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Come back tomorrow to see the titles I’ll be reading in July

How was YOUR month of June?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!