Cervantes doesn't fit into my plan of writing about lesser known classic authors, but he certainly led an interesting life. He was born into a family of minor gentry that was going steadily downward in the world. He may have been largely self-taught, although the head of a municipal school in Madrid referred to him … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Miguel de Cervantes
Today's the Day! On the 23rd September, we announced the latest Classic Club Spin, challenging you to read book 5 on your CC Spin #21 list by 31st October 2019. Did you read your book? Did you write about it, or not? What's Next? In the comments below, tell us what book you read, and what you thought … Continue reading Did You Finish Your Spin?
Dame Ngaoi Marsh doesn't exactly fit in with my idea of focusing on lesser known classic authors, at least if you're a reader of classic mysteries, but then not all my choices have followed that theme. We also haven't focused on anyone from that part of the world yet. Ngaoi Marsh is best known for … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Dame Ngaio Marsh
Hello all and welcome to this month's update post! How are you guys doing with your Moby Dick readalong? How about the CCSpin? I can happily say that I actually finished my book The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Yay!! What are you all planning to read this month? Member Stats TOTAL MEMBERS: 416 NEW MEMBERS: … Continue reading Members Updates #14
BOO! Club Dare: an old game with a new twist. Once upon a time, the Club issued a Dare to it's members to read and review a certain book. The participant then dared others to read and review a book of their choice. We participated in this event at the time, but it never really … Continue reading Time to Get Your Goth On!
Gabriela Mistral was a Chilean poet, diplomat, and educator who was the first Latin-American author to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. She was also more recently shown through an archive of her letters to be a lesbian, despite her image being appropriated by Pinochet's military dictatorship as an example of a celibate, saint-like figure … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Gabriela Mistral
If you joined the game last week, find number 5 on your CC Spin #21 List! That's the CLASSIC you are challenged to read by 31st October, 2019. We know it can be hard to stay on track and enthused about your Spin Book for the whole journey. We plan to provide support and encouragement to … Continue reading Your Lucky Spin Number Is…
Hello all and welcome to this month's update post! How are you guys doing with your Moby Dick readalong? It's one of my favorite books of all time, so I hope you all can stick it out through the middle parts. Woot & how excited are you all about the CC Spin? Member Stats TOTAL … Continue reading Member Updates #13
Hello, Clubbers! It's time for another Classics Club Spin!What is the spin? It's easy. At your blog, before next Monday 23rd September 2019, create a post that lists twenty books of your choice that remain "to be read" on your Classics Club list. This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these … Continue reading CC Spin #21
Thomas Mofolo only wrote three books, but he is renowned for being the first author of Western-style novels in the language of Sotho. He is also world famous for his last book, Chaka, because it depicted European Colonialism as a bad influence on the native populations and celebrated the Zulu king. Mofolo was born in … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Thomas Mofolo
Welcome to our latest Review Rewind at the Classics Club! What is Review Rewind? Review Rewind is a chance for all of us to take a closer look at a book or an author on our ever growing review list. We aim to see who has been reading it and what they think. How do … Continue reading Review Rewind #2
Happy August everyone & back to school season! Welcome to this month's update post! How was everyone's July and summer? Anyone have any excited reading plans for the month? Announcements Clubber of the Month - I'll be announcing this month's pick later in the month when I do Tracy's post. If you haven't already checked … Continue reading Member Updates #12
When I thought it was about time I featured a classic Asian writer and looked for a woman writer, my searches did not find the name of anyone except modern writers or classic male writers. Then I remembered The Tale of Genji. No one actually knows who Murasaki Shikibu, the author of the Japanese classic The … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Murasaki Shikibu
Happy July everyone & welcome to this month's update post! How was everyone's June? I had a very productive reading month and ended up switching jobs to a bigger library in my area, so super exciting. Also, I was able to turn in my library's summer reading form. As a prize, I got a library … Continue reading Member Updates #11
The book I read by Teffi for the last Classics Club Spin made me interested in learning more about her. Teffi was the pen name for Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya, one of the most prominent Russian writers of her time and a favorite of both Tsar Nicholas II and of Lenin. She was a humorist, writing … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Teffi
Happy June everyone & welcome to this month's update post. How was everyone's May? I had a great month but pretty busy as usual! Has anyone started reading their summer reading list yet? What book are you looking forward to reading this summer the most? Announcements Clubber of the Month - We've decided to keep … Continue reading Member Updates #10