Group Check-In #13 – December 2014

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Hi Clubbers! How’s the reading going? Check in with the group below!

Tell us about your project — or you! Introduce yourself. Chat.

Tell us what you’ve read, how you’re feeling about your progress, how much you love the classics or the community — any struggles, a favorite read so far. Really, whatever you feel like sharing!

Some people prefer writing an update at their own blog and linking it here in the comments. That’s fine, too.

Feel free to respond to one another in the comments below — ask questions, visit each other, tell us you are new to the club, planning to join the club — etc. This is a meet and greet.

If you’re having trouble with your list and need encouragement, say that! That’s understandable. We want new classics readers to join us, so there’s nothing wrong with arriving to this thread with all of the newness showing!

(Please also note the “check-in” feature here is entirely voluntarily, intended for those who like weighing in with others in the group, and having a periodic place to reflect upon goals for the club. For some this feature would feel like an unwanted intrusion. Silent participation in this group is of course welcome!)

Thanks for all of your enthusiasm about this project!

New? Introduce yourself to the group on Twitter using hashtag #ccintroductions @ourclassicsclub. You can also introduce yourself here at the blog. :)


Twitter hashtag for reading check-ins: #ccreadingupdate

Note that if you’re on Twitter, you can also tweet your latest classic book reviews to the group using hashtag #ccbookreviews.

December Meme: Question #29

Hi clubbers!! We’re excited to be posting our December meme question for the club!

Here’s the question this month:

see future questions for this meme

Let’s talk about children’s classics! Did you read any classic works as a child? What were your favorites? If not, have you or will you try any classic children’s literature in the future? (We’re aware children often read at an adult level. Please feel free to share adult OR children’s classics that you treasured in childhood OR children’s works that you’ve recently fallen for.)

Feel free to answer over at your blog any time in December, and leave the link to your post in the comments below.

Remember to check out this page for details or to share suggestions for future meme questions! And then check out one another’s posts!

Twitter hashtag: #ccmeme


“Reading” – Auguste Renoir (1890-1895)

Classics Club Event: Freebie Month in December

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Twitter hashtag: #cc12months


All right, clubbers! Today begins the final installment of our Twelve Months of Classic Literature Event with a Freebie Month.

Clearly we couldn’t cover everything for this event in just eleven  months. What area in literature wasn’t touched upon by the group in 2014 that you want to explore/highlight/expand upon? Pick an author, movement or category within literature that means something to you and write or read about it to finish out the year.

The Freebie Event is for the current month, but honestly, you can contribute thoughts and posts in the comments below whenever you write them. The purpose of this event is to have a central place to share our thoughts/posts on the topic.

We’re excited to see how this club shapes this month’s topic. We’re a great mix of experts and new readers. You can read works pertaining to this month’s theme, or simply write your thoughts, reading lists and suggestions, creative writing, poetry, editorials — etc at your blog, and link those below.

Even if you don’t have time to read for the event this month, you could write an informative post for fellow clubbers on the topic. Research-based posts, free-writing, emotion-based “I love the following topic” journal entries, reading suggestion lists, TBR plans – all are welcome and encouraged. Some of you may be experts (or experts in progress) on a given literary topic. Your input is highly encouraged and appreciated! Others are new to literature. For you and the experts, exploration is encouraged.

Please see our main event page for details. 

So, are you in? What will you be reading/writing? :)

Cheers, and a very happy reading and writing month to you! - The Club

Our muse this month. (You!)

SHARE links and thoughts about this month’s topic BELOW!


Book Corner: What are you reading today?

“Reading (portrait of Edma Morisot).” Berthe Morisot, 1873.

Here’s a space to tell the club what you’re currently reading. You’re welcome to use the comments below.

No pressure, of course! But if you’re feeling social, here’s a space to tell us about your latest classic. As always, you are of course welcome to leave a link to your blog if you prefer to share there.

Twitter hashtag: #ccreadingupdate

- The Club

The Classics Club Lucky SPIN number!

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We promised you a spin number this morning, and here it is! Your Spin Number is -

Unlucky 13!!

:P If you joined the game last week, find number 13 on your Spin List! That’s the title you are challenged to read by January 5, 2015. We’ll toss a post up on January 5 to see who completed the game.

As always, the prize is the reading experience. Details here.

In case anyone asks — it would be awesome if everyone posted about their Spin book on January 5. But that’s not mandatory or anything. If you want to, though, have at it! :)

Check in below if you played. What’s your #13 title? Are you glad, hesitant, excited about your title? Do tell!

Twitter hashtag: #ccspin

- the Club

The Classics Club 50 Question Survey

Inspired by some bookish surveys we’ve seen floating around lately, we’d thought we’d offer a survey for clubbers to mix it up a little.

As always, we’re quite flexible. If one of the questions below doesn’t work for you, please feel free to ask it your own way, or replace questions with your own twist. We’re just posting this for fun, to give fellow clubbers an opportunity to check in with one another and share. :) Certainly no pressure, ever. If you decide to fill out this questionnaire, feel free to leave your link below, and visit one another.


50 Club Questions: 

  1. Share a link to your club list.
  2. When did you join The Classics Club? How many titles have you read for the club? (We are SO CHECKING UP ON YOU! Nah. We’re just asking.) :)
  3. What are you currently reading?
  4. What did you just finish reading and what did you think of it?
  5. What are you reading next? Why?
  6. Best book you’ve read so far with the club, and why?
  7. Book you most anticipate (or, anticipated) on your club list?
  8. Book on your club list you’ve been avoiding, if any? Why?
  9. First classic you ever read?
  10. Toughest classic you ever read?
  11. Classic that inspired you? or scared you? made you cry? made you angry?
  12. Longest classic you’ve read? Longest classic left on your club list?
  13. Oldest classic you’ve read? Oldest classic left on your club list?
  14. Favorite biography about a classic author you’ve read — or, the biography on a classic author you most want to read, if any?
  15. Which classic do you think EVERYONE should read? Why?
  16. Favorite edition of a classic you own, if any?
  17. Favorite movie adaption of a classic?
  18. Classic which hasn’t been adapted yet (that you know of) which you very much wish would be adapted to film.
  19. Least favorite classic? Why?
  20. Name five authors you haven’t read yet whom you cannot wait to read.
  21. Which title by one of the five you’ve listed above most excites you and why?
  22. Have you read a classic you disliked on first read that you tried again and respected, appreciated, or even ended up loving? (This could be with the club or before it.)
  23. Which classic character can’t you get out of your head?
  24. Which classic character most reminds you of yourself?
  25. Which classic character do you most wish you could be like?
  26. Which classic character reminds you of your best friend?
  27. If a sudden announcement was made that 500 more pages had been discovered after the original “THE END” on a classic title you read and loved, which title would you most want to keep reading? Or, would you avoid the augmented manuscript in favor of the original? Why?
  28. Favorite children’s classic?
  29. Who recommended your first classic?
  30. Whose advice do you always take when it comes to literature. (Recommends the right editions, suggests great titles, etc.)
  31. Favorite memory with a classic?
  32. Classic author you’ve read the most works by?
  33. Classic author who has the most works on your club list?
  34. Classic author you own the most books by?
  35. Classic title(s) that didn’t make it to your club list that you wish you’d included? (Or, since many people edit their lists as they go, which titles have you added since initially posting your club list?)
  36. If you could explore one author’s literary career from first publication to last — meaning you have never read this author and want to explore him or her by reading what s/he wrote in order of publication — who would you explore? Obviously this should be an author you haven’t yet read, since you can’t do this experiment on an author you’re already familiar with. :) Or, which author’s work you are familiar with might it have been fun to approach this way?
  37. How many rereads are on your club list? If none, why? If some, which are you most looking forward to, or did you most enjoy?
  38. Has there been a classic title you simply could not finish?
  39. Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving?
  40. Five things you’re looking forward to next year in classic literature?
  41. Classic you are DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
  42. Classic you are NOT GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
  43. Favorite thing about being a member of the Classics Club?
  44. List five fellow clubbers whose blogs you frequent. What makes you love their blogs?
  45. Favorite post you’ve read by a fellow clubber?
  46. If you’ve ever participated in a readalong on a classic, tell about the experience? If you’ve participated in more than one, what’s the very best experience? the best title you’ve completed? a fond memory? a good friend made?
  47. If you could appeal for a readalong with others for any classic title, which title would you name? Why?
  48. How long have you been reading classic literature?
  49. Share up to five posts you’ve written that tell a bit about your reading story. Reviews, journal entries, posts on novels you loved or didn’t love, lists, etc.
  50. Question you wish was on this questionnaire? (Ask and answer it!)

 

The Classics Spin #8

– spin posts so far -

Good morning, Clubbers!

It’s time for another Classics Spin for any who are interested. What is the spin?

It’s easy. At your blog, by next Monday, November 10, list your choice of any twenty books you’ve left to read from your Classics Club list — in a separate post.

This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books in November & December. (Details follow.) 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 January 5, 2015. We’ll have a check in here in January, to see who made it the whole way and finished the spin book.

Do you have that?


  • Go to your blog.
  • Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List.
  • Try to challenge yourself: list five 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.)
  • Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog by next Monday.
  • Monday morning, we’ll announce a number from 1-20. Go to the list of twenty books you posted, and select the book that corresponds to the number we announce.
  • The challenge is to read that book by January 5, even if it’s an icky one you dread reading! (No fair not listing any scary ones!)

Ha ha! :D All for fun, and of course, the “rules” are, as always, very relaxed. Really, you can make up your own rules. We don’t actually care. :P

So, today (any time this week) at your blog, you might post something like:


My Book Spin list for the Classics Club  -

  1. Jane Eyre
  2. Pride and Prejudice
  3. Crime and Punishment
  4. Oliver Twist
  5. CLARISSA (yikes!)
  6. Gone With the Wind
  7. Ulysses (Ugh!)
  8. Emerson’s Collected Essays
  9. Richard III
  10. The Iliad
  11. Jude the Obscure
  12. Leaves of Grass
  13. The Monk
  14. Dracula
  15. The Importance of Being Earnest
  16. Sense & Sensibility
  17. The Tempest
  18. The Diary of Anne Frank
  19. Paradise Lost
  20. Pilgrim’s Progress

(Obviously, YOU choose what books you want to list, in what order.)


Next Monday, we will announce a number from 1 through 20. When we announce it, go to your Spin list. Find that number, and read the book listed for that number by January 5.

So, if (for example) we announce #9 — if the above list was your Spin List, you’d have to read Richard III by January 5.

Make sense? Don’t get bogged down by rules and details! Free free to rebelliously break the rules at your leisure.

As always, the prize is the reading experience. :)

When we announce the number next Monday, come tell us your title — ha!

Anybody in? If so, you can link to your spin lists below. Happy week!

Twitter hashtag: #ccspin

- the Club

November Meme: Question #28

Hi clubbers!! We’re excited to be posting our November meme question for the club!

Here’s the question this month, contributed by Ruth, who joined us in March 2012:

see future questions for this meme

Which argument made by an author (what the author wants you to believe) do you most support or agree with (or disagree with).  First give the argument, then state why you agree or disagree.  For example, what argument does Melville make in Moby Dick, and do you agree?  Why or why not?

Feel free to answer over at your blog any time in November, and leave the link to your post in the comments below.

Remember to check out this page for details or to share suggestions for future meme questions! And then check out one another’s posts!

Twitter hashtag: #ccmeme


 

“Reading” – Auguste Renoir (1890-1895)

Classics Club Event: Victorian Literature in November

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Twitter hashtag: #cc12months


All right, clubbers! Today begins the eleventh installment of our Twelve Months of Classic Literature Event with works of Victorian Literature. (Just in time for a snuggly winter!) :) For reinforcements on this one, we’ll simply direct you to the Master Post for the Victorian Event hosted by Allie at A Literary Odyssey in Summer 2012. For the event, Allie also shared a list of Victorian writers.

The Victorian Event is for the current month, but honestly, you can contribute thoughts and post links to the comments below whenever you write them. The purpose of this event is to have a central place to share our thoughts/posts on the topic.

We want to know what you read and what you think about this topic, but we don’t want to research for you. We’re excited to see how this club shapes this month’s topic. We’re a great mix of experts and new readers. We want to encourage you all to share and explore. Use the links above to get started.

Even if you don’t have time to read for the event this month, you could post about the titles you have on your club list that pertain to this month’s topic, write an informative post for fellow clubbers on the topic, or talk about why you didn’t include any titles from the topic on your club list. Feature an author! Write a poem! Explore classic art that accentuates the literature. It’s your event. Research-based posts, free-writing, emotion-based “I love this topic” journal entries, lists – all are welcome and encouraged. Some of you may be experts (or experts in progress) on this month’s topic. Your input is highly encouraged and appreciated! Others are new to literature. For you and the experts, exploration is encouraged.

Please see our main event page for details. 

So, are you in? What will you be reading/writing? :)

Cheers, and a very happy reading and writing month to you! - The Club

File:Charlotte Brontë.jpg

Our muse this month.

SHARE links and thoughts about this month’s topic BELOW!


Group Check-In #12 – October 2014

What is this? Click to find out.

Hi Clubbers! How’s the reading going? Check in with the group below!

Tell us about your project — or you! Introduce yourself. Chat.

Tell us what you’ve read, how you’re feeling about your progress, how much you love the classics or the community — any struggles, a favorite read so far. Really, whatever you feel like sharing!

Some people prefer writing an update at their own blog and linking it here in the comments. That’s fine, too.

Feel free to respond to one another in the comments below — ask questions, visit each other, tell us you are new to the club, planning to join the club — etc. This is a meet and greet.

If you’re having trouble with your list and need encouragement, say that! That’s understandable. We want new classics readers to join us, so there’s nothing wrong with arriving to this thread with all of the newness showing!

(Please also note the “check-in” feature here is entirely voluntarily, intended for those who like weighing in with others in the group, and having a periodic place to reflect upon goals for the club. For some this feature would feel like an unwanted intrusion. Silent participation in this group is of course welcome!)

Thanks for all of your enthusiasm about this project!

New? Introduce yourself to the group on Twitter using hashtag #ccintroductions @ourclassicsclub. You can also introduce yourself here at the blog. :)


Twitter hashtag for reading check-ins: #ccreadingupdate

Note that if you’re on Twitter, you can also tweet your latest classic book reviews to the group using hashtag #ccbookreviews.

Today is the day! Did you finish your spin book?

Click for details about the Spin.

All right, clubbers! Back in early August, we announced The Classics Spin #7, challenging you to read Book #17 on your spin list by October 6. Today is October 6!

Did you read your book? Did you write about it, or will you?

What was your book, and what did you think? Share below. Feel free to link to your post below, as and when you write about your book.

As always, the prize is the reading experience. Details here.

Twitter hashtag: #ccspin

- the Club

October Meme: Question #27

Hi clubbers!! We’re excited to be posting our October meme question for the club!

Here’s the question this month:

see future questions for this meme

Let’s talk about classic poetry! Have you got a favorite classic poem? Do you read poetry? Why or why not? // You could also feature a poet or a book of poetry, rather than a poem.

Feel free to answer over at your blog any time in October, and leave the link to your post in the comments below.

Remember to check out this page for details or to share suggestions for future meme questions! And then check out one another’s posts!

Twitter hashtag: #ccmeme


“Reading” – Auguste Renoir (1890-1895)

Classics Club Event: LGBT Literature in October

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Twitter hashtag: #cc12months


All right, clubbers! Today begins the tenth installment of our Twelve Months of Classic Literature Event with works representing the LGBT community throughout history, including (but not limited to!) works by such writers as Truman Capote, Colette, Emily Dickinson, E. M. Forster, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Alice Walker, Tennessee Williams, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, and Walt Whitman.

You can see a really great list of suggestions for authors to explore here, as well as suggestions for an exploration of gay literature here, and lesbian literature here. We’re excited to see club members explore this topic and share thoughts on the movement as well as suggestions for future reads.

The LGBT reading Event is for the current month, but honestly, you can contribute thoughts and post links to the comments below whenever you write them. The purpose of this event is to have a central place to share our thoughts/posts on the topic.

We want to know what you read and what you think about this topic, but we don’t want to research for you. We’re excited to see how this club shapes this month’s topic. We’re a great mix of experts and new readers. We want to encourage you all to share and explore. Use the links above to get started.

Even if you don’t have time to read for the event this month, you could post about the titles you have on your club list that pertain to this month’s topic, write an informative post for fellow clubbers on the topic, or talk about why you didn’t include any titles from the topic on your club list. Feature an author! Write a poem! It’s your event. Research-based posts, free-writing, emotion-based “I love this topic” journal entries, lists – all are welcome and encouraged.

Please see our main event page for details. 

So, are you in? What will you be reading/writing? :)

Cheers, and a very happy reading and writing month to you! - The Club

File:Laszlo - Vita Sackville-West.jpg
Our muse this month.

SHARE links and thoughts about this month’s topic BELOW!


Classics Club Event Call – October & November

If you are hosting anything for The Classics Club community in the coming weeks, please give a shout out below with the name of the event, the dates, a link (either to the event, or your blog), and any special rules. (Like, you must check in weekly or don’t take part — that sort of thing.)

If you’re on Twitter, please tweet your event to -


Please note:  This post is not intended as a replacement for the group schedule. This is just a way to keep people apprised of the events each month, so we get a little reminder. For this month, please tell us about any events you have planned for October and November.

If you want to submit something for the community schedule: This post does not count as a submission. This post is a way to communicate with your fellow clubbers. To submit an event to the moderators, please continue to go through the email process, and bear in mind your moderators retain the right to post events on the schedule at their discretion, as and if time permits. (For we are all crazy busy!) :)

Have ideas for future events but prefer someone else host them? Please share them in the comments! Maybe someone will take up the torch!

Also, remember we host The Classics Spin and our 12 Months Event here at the club blog. We’d love for you to join in.

Good reading -

- The Club

Book Corner: What are you reading today?

“Reading (portrait of Edma Morisot).” Berthe Morisot, 1873.

Here’s a space to tell the club what you’re currently reading. You’re welcome to use the comments below.

No pressure, of course! But if you’re feeling social, here’s a space to tell us about your latest classic. As always, you are of course welcome to leave a link to your blog if you prefer to share there.

Twitter hashtag: #ccreadingupdate

- The Club

September Meme: Question #26

Hi clubbers!! We’re excited to be posting our September meme question for the club!

Here’s the question this month:

see future questions for this meme

Select two classics from your list (by different authors) that you have finished reading. Now switch the authors, and contemplate how each might have written the other’s book. For example, what if Charlotte Brontë had written David Copperfield, and Charles Dickens had written Jane Eyre? How might the style, focus and impact change in a work of literature by a different author’s pen? What about William Shakespeare writing Pride & Prejudice, and Jane Austen writing The Taming of the Shrew? Etc. If you discuss the story, please of course remember to warn folks plot details are forthcoming.

Feel free to answer over at your blog any time in September, and leave the link to your post in the comments below.

Remember to check out this page for details or to share suggestions for future meme questions! And then check out one another’s posts!

Twitter hashtag: #ccmeme


“Reading” – Auguste Renoir (1890-1895)