Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Completed Classics Club II

The List: The Classics Club II

This is my second completed CC list. I started with 75 but cut it back to 50, which I finished one year early. Maybe I would have been able to read 25 more classics this next year, but I felt like starting fresh.

My absolute favorites from this second list are:

The Handmaid's Tale . Atwood
A Room With a View . Forster
Far From the Madding Crowd . Hardy
Jude the Obscure . Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge . Hardy
Tess of D'Urbervilles . Hardy
Their Eyes Were Watching God . Hurston
Doctor Zhivago . Pasternak
Ethan Frome . Wharton

Non Fiction
A Room of One's Own . Woolf

City of God . Augustine
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire . Gibbon

Beginning 2020, I will start my third CC list.

The New List: The Classics Club III


Marian H said...

Ruth, congrats!! There are some pretty sizable (and dense) titles on that list. I remember a lot of excellent reviews over the years, too. :)

Ruth said...


When I was going through them, some of them felt like ages ago. Four years seems so long when you measure them with book experiences.

Silvia said...

I love this post, -as I love reading anything my friends write on classics-.

I'm leaving my original list, -it has 77 books read in less than 3 years. I need to submit it-. It's nice to start fresh, for sure. I agree, some of them feel like ages ago when we read them, don't they?

I'm looking forward to any and all of your lists.

I've only read and admire Their Eyes, and Frome. Both are arresting in a different way. They feel very true, don't they?, capturing a sense of time, and real people, and exceptionally difficult circumstances. Moral dilemmas.

You will be the person that has me reading HARDY. I believe I read Jude the Obscure EONS ago, so it's like I'm new to him. I have a vague feeling of having 'liked' the book. (It's always so silly how I am so conflicted about saying the classic "I love, or I like", when the book is tragic, or has non likable characters. It's the writing and the way the story is told and what the book does to me that makes me say "I love it", LOL.

Ruth said...

Thanks, Silvia.

Yes, I read Their Eyes four years ago, and it feels like forever. I want to read it again bc it was so beautifully written. And it was definitely so real to me...I feel like I was there.

I agree about the language and writing style being the first reason I love a book, too. Of course, content and moral lessons are important; so is a conversation that one can have with the author, even if it is in disagreement. And that's Hardy and me all the time! :D

Well, I can't wait to see your completed CC list. Will you be joining again?

Jean said...

Wow, congratulations! How cool to have finished List #2.

Emma at Words And Peace / France Book Tours said...

Congrats on finishing your 2nd list! Yes, there's something so pleasant in starting a new list, I experienced that recently, starting my 2nd list, having also finished my first one 1 year ahead of the game. Of you r favorites, I so enjoyed Tess!
Looking forward to discovering your 3rd list!

Ruth said...

Jean: Thanks!

Emma: Yes, it's exciting choosing new titles to add to the list with the expectation that I discover another favorite. :)

Carol said...

Great list, Ruth. Tess is the only Hardy I really can't say I liked. It was so fatalistic although Hardy writes so beautifully he redeems himself & I always go back for more. Ethan Frome is one of the most powerful books I've read relating to 'illicit love' for want of a better description.

Hamlette (Rachel) said...

Huzzah!!! Congratulations! I've got 11 books left to read to finish my second go-round too, and then I think I will also start over fresh once again :-)

Well done!

Ruth said...

Carol: I understand....Tess was so difficult to swallow. I think I was dumbfounded after reading it. Also, I had a similar emotional response w/ Ethan Frome. Both very powerful, even w/ opposite reactions.

Hamlette: Thanks! Starting a new list is exciting, too. So many titles, so little time...