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
- 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
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!
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