The Classics Club One Year Review

The Classics ClubHello lovelies! November 14 marked my one-year anniversary of joining the Classics Club, and I wanted to do a quick post about my progress.

As most of you probably know, the Classics Club is a group of bloggers who have pledged to read at least 50 classics in five years. I would love to read more of the cannon, and I joined as a way to encourage myself to make classics a regular part of my literary diet. I cobbled together a list of 50 titles that I would like to read, but planned to use it as a guideline, not as a set-in-stone plan. My goal was to read 50 classics, but it didn’t matter much which classics they were. I’m glad I gave myself this leeway!

One year into the Classics Club, I have read and reviewed six books (only three of which were on my original list). I’m quite a bit behind schedule, since I should have read ten classics by now, but I’m still happy with my progress. Continue reading

The Classics Spin

the classics clubThe Classics Club is running a fun game for members called the Classics Spin. Here are the rules:

At your blog, by next Monday, Feb 18, list your choice of any twenty books you’ve left to read from your Classics Club list.

This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books in February & March. So, try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, rereads, ancients — whatever you choose.)

Next Monday, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by April 1. We’ll have a check in or something in April, to see who made it the whole way and finished the spin book.

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The Classics Club

the classics clubI’m finally joining The Classics Club! For anyone living under a rock, The Classics Club was founded in March 2012 as a community meant to encourage people to read and blog about the classics by inviting bloggers to set a goal of reading at least 50 classic books in the next five years. I don’t usually participate in challenges, but I really like the flexibility this one offers. I have five years to read all 50 books, which seems like plenty of time, and I don’t consider this list to be definitive. The following list of titles is more of a starting point, and I’m giving myself the freedom to make changes to the list as my knowledge and tastes develop. Even so, I have been mulling over my list for months, trying to perfect it! I think I am finally happy with the books I’ve chosen, and I’m ready to join in! Continue reading