I joined the Classics Club in March 2012 with the aim of reading sixty classics in five years. Over time, my list changed and grew, I removed books I no longer felt like reading, added other books and ended up with a list of one hundred. A few weeks ago I finished the last of those hundred classics (a re-read of my favourite Dumas novel, The Count of Monte Cristo) – seven months past my deadline, which would have been March of this year, but I really enjoyed working through my list, which I think is all that matters! Taking part in the Classics Club has definitely been a rewarding experience: I have participated in monthly memes, had fun with Classics Spins, joined in with the Women’s Classic Literature Event and, most importantly, discovered lots of new books, authors, blogs and bloggers.
You can see my complete Classics Club list here, with links to my reviews, but here are some of my highlights from the last five years (and seven months):
* Finishing Anthony Trollope’s Chronicles of Barsetshire and starting his other series, the Pallisers.
* Discovering that Louisa May Alcott wrote sensation novels.
* Enjoying Alexandre Dumas’ complete series of D’Artagnan novels.
* Moving out of my comfort zone and reading some plays.
* Deciding that A Tale of Two Cities is my favourite Dickens novel.
* Loving all four Rafael Sabatini books on my list!
A few of you have asked whether I will be putting another Classics Club list together. I think the answer is probably yes, although I haven’t decided what form my second list will take, how many books will be on it or which books and authors will be included. I’ll let you know if and when the list is ready!