The Classics Club 2020-2025: 3rd list recap



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!

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Top Ten Books with Dynamic Duos

Top Ten Books with Dynamic Duos

TTT for February 21, 2022

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For this one, I have used two interpretations:
two names in the title and/or two persons on the cover!

Please click on the book covers to access my reviews
or the relevant page

  The Little Wooden Robot Monet and Oscar  

  Hikikomori Because of Winn-Dixie  

  Trap for Cinderella Hard-boiled wonderland  

  Summer of Reckoning The Missing Sister  

  Crenshaw Lady Clementine

Have YOU read any of these?
Any great books you have read, that fit this meme?
Please leave the link to your own list,
so I can visit.

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

TTT for January 25, 2022

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In 2021, I read books by 105 different authors. 53 were new to me authors, so choosing the top ten was not easy.
Here are these authors (in the chronological order of discovery), with the book that made me want to read more by them.

There’s a bit of everything, including French and Japanese authors, classics and brand new books, thrillers, science-fiction, middle-grade, and poetry!
I hope some of these inspire you and make you discover new terrific authors!

Please click on the book covers to access my review
or the Goodreads page

#1 – Yukio Mishima
The sound of waves

#2 – Edogawa Rampo
The Black Lizard

#3 – James M. Cain
Double Indemnity
#4 – Sébastien Japrisot
Rider on the Rain
#5 – Michel Crichton
The Andromeda Strain
#6 – Robert MacFarlane
The Lost Spells#7 – Sylvain Forge
Tension extrème#8 – Diane Setterfield
the thirteenth tale
#9 – Neal Stephenson
Termination Shock
#10 – Kate DiCamillo
The Beatryce Prophecy

Have YOU read any of these?
Any recommendations by these authors?
Please leave the link to your own list,
so I can visit.