How are you all going with your super-dooper chunkster edition of the CC Spin? With only ten days to go, are you in trouble? Well on the way? Or done and dusted? Let us know if you need a cheer squad to help you through - we can pop by, comment and encourage you on … Continue reading Classic Instagram
Yet Another Book BlogHello! Woot, it's 2019! Wow, how did this happen so quickly? It seriously still feels like March 2018... Well, Welcome to this month's member updates! Announcements End of the Year Member List Cleaning (continued.)- Yay, I've finished cleaned up all the entries on the member list that were invalid links. Now is the time to tackle … Continue reading Member Updates #5
As a schoolgirl, Dorothy Stirrup published more than forty stories in the "Children's Corner" of the Blackburn Weekly Telegraph. Later, she became a successful and popular novelist, short story and children's book writer, whose work reflected the concerns of her time. Because her novels were almost all set in Nottingham or Blackburn, where she lived all … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Dorothy Whipple
A month or so ago Rachel @Hibernators Library threw out a reading challenge - 2019 Year of Shakespeare? Her idea was to read one comedy, one tragedy & one history play over the course of a 3-4 month period. With a new baby on the way, she thought that a co-hosting arrangement with the Classics Club … Continue reading Shakespeare Challenge (revised)
Hello! How is your December going so far? What are your holiday plans this year? Well, Welcome to this month's member updates! Announcements End of the Year Member List Cleaning (continued.)- I will be moving inactive & expired lists to the member's archive throughout this month. If your listed is dated to end in 2018, but you'd like … Continue reading Member Updates #3
If you joined the game last week, find number 1 on your CC Spin #19 List! That's the CHUNKSTER you are challenged to read by 31st January, 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 … Continue reading Your Lucky Spin Number Is…
If you believe his own accounts of himself, Emilio Salgari was a great adventurer, who sailed the Seven Seas, traveled all over the North American continent, explored the Sudan, and romanced an Indian princess. In truth, Salgari was a fabulist, who flunked out of a nautical technical institution and never traveled any further from home … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Emilio Salgari
Hello, Clubbers! It's time for another Classics Club Spin!What is the spin? It's easy. At your blog, before next Tuesday 27th November 2018, 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 #19
Hello! How is your November so far? What are your Thanksgiving plans this year? Well, welcome to this month's member updates! Announcements End of the Year Member List Cleaning - In December, I will be moving inactive/expired lists to the member's archive. If your listed is dated to end in 2018 or if you have exclamation marks (‼️) … Continue reading Member Updates #2
Back at the beginning of October we DARED you to face your fears and get your Goth on by reading a CLASSIC book from your #CClist that you classified as thrilling, a mystery, Gothic or a book or author that SCARED you (because of it’s length, it’s topic, it’s reputation etc). Did you DARE? If so: … Continue reading Did You Dare?
When I asked for suggestions for the classic author to feature next, one of the first responses was from Jillian, who suggested Ann Radcliffe as being appropriate for the season. I thought so, too. Not much is known about her life, however. I found more about her influence on literature. She was notable for combining … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Ann Radcliffe
Over the past couple of months your new Classics Club moderators have been tidying up, cataloguing and making adjustments to the look of the blog. Amongst other things we have now created a tab for all the games we like to play at the club (when you have a spare 5 mins, open all the … Continue reading Gothic Book Tag
Hello! How is your October coming along? Reading anything scary this month? Well, Today's post will follow last month's post! Announcements Expanded Icons on the Member Page - After further thought, I've decided to expand the icons on the member page. I've added the exclamation icon (‼️) to indicate that something is wrong with the book list link & the trophy icon … Continue reading Member Updates
For the last Classics Club Spin, I read The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge. I was surprised to find out that Yonge, whom I had never heard of, was just as popular in her time as Dickens or Thackeray. In fact, The Heir of Redclyffe was her first successful novel, and it was … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Charlotte M. Yonge
BOO! Introducing 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. I participated in this event at the time, but it never really took … Continue reading Time to Get Your Goth On!
Hello All! How's your reading coming? Today's post will be the first in a new series that will be published during the first half of each month. It will go over our member stats and any membership related announcements! Announcements Specifying New Members - I've had a lot of people ask me about finding new … Continue reading Membership Stats & Announcements