Introduce yourself!

“The Red Kerchief: Portrait of Camille Monet” – Claude Monet (late 1860s – early 1870s). Oil on canvas.

Moderators too, please, if you’re of a mind. 🙂

It occurs to us we have been remiss in offering our giant group a place to introduce y/ourselves! Please use this space as you join (or as soon as you see this and feel pulled to comment!), to introduce yourself to the rest of the group.

(No one is required to do this, of course!)

Follow the template below, or make up your own intro!

Suggestions – tell us:

  • Your online name
  • Your blog name (so we can find your classics list on the Member Page)
  • How many books you hope to read for the club
  • When you joined
  • Describe your literary background (“I have none!” is a fine answer, as is “I am a lit professor and only read scholarly articles.” We’d love to learn about this club’s literary texture!)
  • Why you joined The Classics Club and/OR one interesting fact about you
  • The favorite book you’ve read so far for the club (if you’ve begun your list.) Or, the one you’re most intrigued to read.
  • Link ONE POST from your blog that you believe speaks to who you are. (No fair saying “I can’t pick one, so here are ten!” You have to pick only one post. It does NOT have to be a club post or a review.)
  • Answer the one question you wish everybody would answer who enters this thread.

Feel free to interact in the comments. 🙂

Introduce yourself to the group on Twitter using hashtag #ccintroductions  @ourclassicsclub.

And don’t forget to check out the The Classics Club 50 Question Survey

467 thoughts on “Introduce yourself!

  1. I’m stacybuckeye and am celebrating my 7th Blogiversary over at Stacy’s Books
    I joined this January 2015 and plan to read 50 books.
    I have a degree in English Ed and enjoy classics on the side of my relaxation reading.
    I’ve thought about joining for years because I truly believe that reading classics is important. I decided to take the plunge because I could only resist for so long and it’s been awhile since I joined a challenge.
    There are a few I’m more excited to read than others mainly because I feel like I’ve missed out by not reading them (Lord of the Flies, 1984, The Mists of Avalon) but I’m excited about the challenge. I do anticipate my list changing quite a bit since I just started with the books I have on my shelves already.
    The post I share with you is yesterday’s post since I’ve included a few pics from each of my blogging years.
    http://stacybuckeye.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/guess-who-is-7-years-old-today-with-a-giveaway/
    What question should everyone answer? I don’t know, favorite book and movie combo? Mine would probably be Lord of the Rings:Fellowship of the Ring or Bridget Jones’s Diary.
    I’m excited to start reading!

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    1. Well the “buckeye” part of your name, had me inclined to offer a welcome to the group…but I thought I saw a Sparty cap on, I’m assuming…your significant other. So, there may be some hope for you. Welcome to the group. 🙂

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      1. LOL! Yes, we are a divided house here,but that’s only bad on a few days a year. The rest of the time we just bother simmer with anger for that other Michigan team 😉

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  2. Hey everyone! I’m Sarah and I blog over at Seriously, Sarah? I joined on Christmas Eve of 2014 and plan to read 50 classic books within 2 years, but I definitely think that I’ll surpass that goal by December 24, 2016!

    I was an English major at a small liberal arts school. I left South Carolina to work as an entry level FBI analyst in Washington DC in 2010, after I graduated college. I started my masters degree in English Literature at George Mason in 2011 with the goal of eventually applying to PhD programs, so I could be an English professor. However, during that semester, I developed several neurological problems that made it impossible to work and go to school. Now it is impossible to do either, so I spend my free time self-learning through reading novels, non-fiction, literary criticism, and writing my own blog.

    I joined the group because I am very goal-oriented and love a good challenge! Since I was going to read these books anyway, I thought it would be fun to interact with other people who read the same types of novels. The list is also pushing me outside of my normal comfort zone because I chose a few new authors.

    I just started my list, so I don’t have a favorite yet. Last year, before I knew about the club, I burned through almost all of Thomas Hardy’s novels and discovered that I like Henry James more than I thought. I have a specific academic interest in Southern Gothic Literature, so I am looking forward to exploring more novels in that genre.

    This is my about me post on my blog, which tells a little bit about my story over the past few years: http://seriouslysarah.net/about-me/

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  3. Haylo! I was once a part of this club as Risa from Breadcrumb Reads. I sort of disappeared from the scene for about a year. I have now closed that blog, and am blogging as Saari at Mangoes and Cherry Blossoms. I just needed a change and a blog in which I could talk of, not just books, but other interests as well.

    I have created a new list with a whole new goal in mind.

    I’m looking forward to being a part of the club again. 😀

    Need a bit of an intro as to what/how I write? Here’s a sample of the kind of stuff you will happen upon at my blog: http://mangoesandcherryblossoms.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/ought-i-to-expose-pixie-and-roo-to-fairy-tales/

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  4. Hi all. I’m Kate of Nose in a book (www.noseinabook.co.uk) and I’ve just signed up to Classics Club. I have a BA in English but I think even more crucially I have always been an avid reader open to trying every book I come across.

    I joined Classics Club because I keep putting off reading older books despite some of my favourite books being classics: Sophie’s Choice, Rebecca, Jane Eyre to name a few. So I figured a little online encouragement would push me back to those good ol’ classics. I’m looking forward to reading The Master and Margarita and dreading a bit reading The Old Curiosity Shop.

    Here’s a post I wrote a while back about The Handmaid’s Tale: http://www.noseinabook.co.uk/2011/09/14/future-terrors/

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    1. I love Rebecca and Jane Eyre! I have finally started reading a few more of Daphne du Mauier’s novels. I read My Cousin Rachel, which was very gothic. I enjoyed it a lot and added some more of her novels to my challenge list! If you like audiobooks, Audible finally added several more of her books back in September–right after I finished My Cousin Rachel!

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  5. Hello everyone

    My name is Ay and I am an addict to classic novels specially the ones that contain romance theme such as Jane Austen’s novels like Pride and Pregudice. I am very happy to be part of this club.

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  6. Hello all, my name is Tenisha (the same online as in real life), I am new to the classics club (and to blogging) as of this month. My blog is http://www.bookpilesandblanketforts.blogspot.ca.

    I have no literary background unless being an avid reader counts. I joined the classics club because I’ve collected a large number of classics with the hopes of getting to them “some day” and decided that “someday” should be today.

    One interesting fact: I require a monocle but prefer to wear spectacles because of societal pressure. Monocles just aren’t “cool” anymore.

    I’ve only just started/ not finished Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood for the club but I am very excited to read North and South and Gone with the Wind. (ever the romantic).

    I think this post speaks to who I am: http://bookpilesandblanketforts.blogspot.ca/2014/09/why-i-need-classics-club.html
    It also explains why I’ve decided to join this club (and I think it’s pretty funny, but I could be biased.) I’ve already checked out quite a few of your blogs and I look forward to reading more.

    I’ve already explained my answer for why I joined this club but I’d like to know why some of you have chosen to join the classics club.

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  7. Hello fellow Classic Clubbers. I’m very excited about joining the Classics Club and can’t wait to get started chatting to you all about the great books your discovering and reading.

    I’m The Book Addict (otherwise known as Jess) and I blog about bookish things at BookAddiction.

    I’ve only just joined the club, yesterday, although I discovered your club a couple of weeks back – it took me a few days to put together my initial list. I signed up to read 50 books in five years but 48 hours in and I’m going to have to add another. This is not a good sign for how I’m going to manage this challenge!

    I don’t have a strong literary background although I’ve always loved to read. My father was an excellent English teacher and, latterly, a not very successful playwright – he had a huge library and always encouraged his kids to read and discussed books with us. I think that’s what instilled a life-long love of books and reading. I studied English Lit for a couple of years with the OU and for a while, a few years back, earned my living as a secondhand bookseller (I was very bad at this as I spent too much time reading my stock rather than selling it!)

    I’ve joined the club partly to help counter my tendency to always read new books in favour of the classics and always because I love sharing and chatting about what I read.

    One interesting fact? Not much to work with ‘cos I’m just an ordinary reader. I grew up living in the childhood home of the 19th critic and writer, William Hazlitt. Does that count?

    Here’s a link from my blog which I think fellow clubbers may like – on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park: Revisiting Mansfield Park

    As for one question I wish everyone else would answer? Why you choose to read the classics?

    Thanks for letting me introduce myself.

    Jessica aka the Book Addict

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  8. Hello! My name is Cat, my username is earthtocat0.
    I started this book blog about a week ago so I’m pretty new to all the book bloggers community. here’s my blog: http://catshelf.wordpress.com . I just submitted my entry to The Classic Club. My favourite books are almost all classics and I’m completely obsessed with books that still are popular, after decades of its publishing. The first book I’m reading from the list is The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir. I’m pretty intrigued to read most of the books on my list to be honest.
    I have absolutely no literary background, I’m just a bookworn since I can remember. I’m not a particularly good writer but here’s one of my favourite posts so far: http://catshelf.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/july-book-haul/ .
    I think the best question to answer is “Why you want to share your thoughts on books with everyone?”. Personally, books have changed my way of viewing the world. It allows the mind to grow and expand. There’s not a lot of things that feel that good

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    1. Good question. I think what makes me enjoy hearing others’ views on books is that it always gives me a fresh perspective on the book and adds to my own reading experience – even if I disagree. Sharing my own views is just a part of that.

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  9. Hello. I’m Carol, user name CJ. My blog is http://www.carolnotes.net. I read and write about all kinds of books but classics are my staples. I was an English major in college and then did 18 hours of graduate work in American and English lit. One of my life’s missions it to encourage people to read and appreciate the classics. These books are the life blood of humanity and need to live again through every new generation.

    The next classic on my long list (I keep a “To Read” list on Goodreads.com) is Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy. I am on a bit of Tolstoy kick at the moment so more my one blog post I will link to this recent review I wrote of his memoir of existential crisis called “A Confession”: http://www.carolsnotes.net/2014/06/reading-leo-tolstoys-a-confession.

    The question I wish everyone would ask? I’m not sure but I do sometimes get asked, believe it or not, why people should read old books from past eras. “What good does it do?” they want to know. In a way, maybe if you have to ask, you aren’t going to get it, but for the record, the reason I read classics is that they nourish, uphold, and strengthen my soul. They are like powerful mental and spiritual vitamins. The more I read the more equipped I am to respond to whatever comes up in this crazy mixed-up world.

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    1. Hi Carol – another great question. Why to read old books is probably one of those debates that will never go away. For me, apart from the fact that I love them, part of it is because there’s a greater confidence in reading a classic that the reading experience will be rewarding, because so many others have found it so. Choosing to read a newly published work from an unknown author is a risky business – how do you know if it’s going to worth your reading time?

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  10. Hello Classics Club members! I’m Phil, and I joined the Club in January of this year. I created a list of 75 classics to read. I’m a professor of English at a small college in the Midwest, and I split most of my reading time between 19th and 20th century literature, and Russian and Soviet history. I love the work of J.G. Ballard and Jonathan Lethem, in addition to my 19th century favorites: James, Eliot, Dickens, and Thackeray. I also lived for a year in Ukraine, and have followed events there closely.

    Here’s a link to a post I like, about Torva Mirvis’ new book, Visible City:

    http://anewyorkerinthecountry.blogspot.com/2014/02/tova-mirvis-visible-city.html

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    1. Hi Phil,

      Quite intimidated to be replying to a Professor but here goes! We share several favourite authors, but I’ve not come across Jonathan Lethem. I took a quick look at your blog but could see anything there. Why do you admire him so and can you recommend a good intro?

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  11. Hello! My name is Sky, and my blog is hummingforpromise.blogspot.com . I currently have 50 books on my list, though I have thought of adding some more. I joined almost a month ago. My literary background is really rooted in YA Fiction, I just can’t get away from it. Also I’m a music student in university so I read a lot of music. I joined The Classics Club so that I could expand my literary experience. I just finished TKAMB for my list, but I’m most excited to read the LOTR series. One post that speaks to who I am? I would say this one: http://hummingforpromise.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-greatest-cat-who-has-ever-lived.html
    The one question that I wish everyone would answer would definitely have to be “how do you stay motivated to blog and read?” I’ve been having problems with this lately, and would love some tips! Something I find that works for me when unmotivated to blog is to do something fun, then it’s easy to write about!

    Thank you for reading my introduction, I will definitely be visiting some of your blogs 🙂

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  12. Hello, I’m Joseph and my blog is 100 Greatest Novels of All Time. As you can no doubt infer, I’m working on a list of 100 classic novels, but as I don’t think I’ll finish that in 5 years, and since I started a while ago, my goal for the club is to read the next 50 on my list (26-75) by May 2019. I just joined this month. Professionally, I do quite a bit of writing and editing, but it is technical stuff that would probably bore you. I love to read novels, but I am going slow right now as I am in a daunting section of 1000+ page novels: Don Quixote, The Brothers Karamazov, Anna Karenina, and Gone with the Wind. My favorite that I’ve read so far for the club? That’s tough; there are only two, The Brothers K and Huck Finn. I like them both…call it a tie. My favorite ALL TIME, is Lord of the RIngs. A link to one of my reviews that speaks about who I am? I’d love to believe it could be this: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2013/08/to-kill-mockingbird-by-harper-lee-1960_28.html

    I joined, to connect with other reader/bloggers. I will slowly start going through the other blogs, and will post links to them on my page, and will be grateful to anyone that cares to post a link to mine. Followers and comments always welcome.

    I’m especially interested in what you think of how I came up with my list.

    Thanks to the mods for a great site.

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  13. Hi, my name is Ashley, and my blog is A to Z. I am sixteen going on seventeen. I don’t really have a background in literature, except I think I could read before K5 😀 I joined the Classics Club because I love reading classics and was so excited to find a whole community of people who do to! I think I am most looking forward to the Elizabeth Gaskell books on my list of 50 because I have heard that she is like Jane Austen, whom I love. Here is the link to my About Me page: http://ashleyalphabet.blogspot.com/p/about-me_15.html I am so excited to start reading!!

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  14. Hi, I’m Barbara, and my blog is called Obsessed with Words(http://barbaraandress.wordpress.com/) (obsessed with reading them, writing them, studying them, preserving them, so on and so forth). I have a degree in English lit as well as one in library science, so I’m just all about the books. My job even involves e-books (which, strangely, I hate using). You can read more about who I am here, if you’re interested: http://barbaraandress.wordpress.com/about/

    Every time I see a list of “100 Books You Need to Read in Your Lifetime” or something similar, I am disappointed by how few I’ve actually finished. When I came across Classics Club, I thought this would be a great opportunity to read all those classics I never read before (as well as all of those I pretending reading for my lit degree). Using a few of those lists, I compiled my own version, resulting in 231 classics and 69 newer titles. It’s a crazy number to read in five years, but what’s life without a little crazy?

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  15. I’m Lory and my blog is The Emerald City Book Review. I’ve been a voracious reader since I was three years old; I became an English major in college so that I could read as much as possible! That was a long time ago, though, and I’d like to get back to more classic literature, so this challenge seemed like a great opportunity.

    As well as the words on the page I also love a well-crafted book, so I’m reviewing some of the fine editions I collect on my blog. Here is one example: http://emeraldcitybookreview.blogspot.com/2014/03/beautiful-books-dark-is-rising.html

    Of my list, I’m excited to finally read Anna Karenina, based on Jen’s assessment. I’ve also always been concerned that it would be dense and unreadable, but it sounds fantastic!

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  16. Hi everyone! I’m Jen and my blog is called Insert Literary Pun Here (http://legicomp.blogspot.com.es). I’m a college student who’s a Comparative Literature major. I also study Spanish and Jewish Studies, and would love any suggestions both for great books that were originally written in Spanish and for fiction (or nonfiction) dealing with Jewish history and culture.
    The book that I’m most excited about from my list is probably “War and Peace,” mostly because I read “Anna Karenina” last year and was stunned by how readable it was. I expected it to be the kind of dense and tiresome book that you don’t enjoy at the time but you appreciate later, but it couldn’t have been more gripping and fun. I’m hopeful that “War and Peace” will be the same.
    Here is more about why I created my blog and about my reading interests: http://legicomp.blogspot.com.es/p/about-me.html

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  17. I’m Lindsay and I am one of two contributors (alongside Hannah) to my book blog, http://untamedshrews.wordpress.com/. Hannah and I love to read, but she reads more contemporary books while I cleave to the classics, so we made the blog in order to broaden each other’s horizons.

    I pledged to read 50 classics over 5 years, which seems mild to me, but I’ve posted about overly-ambitious and failed book goals before, so I’m confident this will be a fun challenge!

    I got an English degree from Valdosta State University in south Georgia, with an emphasis in Early World Literature, so things like Beowulf and the Iliad are my bread and butter. Hannah and I created the blog when we moved apart and needed something to continuously do together, so what better way to maintain a friendship and stimulate the mind than a book club?

    Although The Hobbit is my favorite book ever, I doubt whether that counts as a “classic” (yet) so I will vote in favor of The Iliad. I write reviews and commentaries all the time on our blog, but if you want to know how I truly feel about the classics, check out my post: http://untamedshrews.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/the-ultimate-face-off-classics-vs-contemps/

    I’m super excited to be a part of this challenge!

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  18. I’m Maria/mariaawrites from The Spare Room! 🙂
    http://mariaawrites.wordpress.com/
    My current list contains 77 classics, but it will grow as my ambitions increase. I joined the club on March 22, 2014 and hope to finish the list in three years, however this deadline is also very flexible.

    I am an already established classics reader, which is why I was drawn to the club. I also read some modern literature, fantasy, science fiction, and few YA books. I need to read more plays and poetry.

    An interesting fact … I’m a huge Anglophile! 😀

    The book I’m most intrigued to read? Not so much intrigued as excited — “North and South”.

    A revelatory post about how I became a reader!
    http://mariaawrites.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/establishing-myself-as-a-reader/

    And a question I would ask: What is the longest book you’ve ever read [cover to cover]?
    My answer is “Bleak House” by Charles Dickens at 1000-something pages (but that will change if I read “War and Peace” and “Les Mis”, both listed).

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    1. Can’t wait to find out what you think of North and South. If you love P&P (who doesn’t?), you will love N&S. I just wrote my review for it tonight!

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      1. I managed to read War & Peace one summer holidays. I also read A Suitable Boy during another summer break. A remember ASB far more fondly and in far more detail then WAP.

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  19. Hi, my name is Rachel (same as my online name!) and I blog at Confessions of a Book Geek (www.confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com). I’m aiming to read 55 classics in five years along with my regular reading and reading I have to do for a course I am currently completing, I may add to this depending on how I get on. I’m a newbie to the club having only joined this month (March 2014). My literary background is a complete love of reading from a young age, my family often used to say that they couldn’t supply me with books quick enough I’d start reading magazines, newspapers and the packaging of products! I studied English Literature for GCSE and A Level (exams sat in the UK and NI at 16 and 18) and I studied communication at University which included a lot of writing and composition. I still LOVE to read when I get the chance, which sadly isn’t as often as when I was younger, and I have not read as many of the classics as I would like to so this club was the motivation that I needed. I haven’t started my reading for the club yet but there are many of my chosen titles I am really looking forward to, The Great Gatsby is probably top of the list at the minute (having seen so many quotes on Pinterest it just seems like a great read). I have included a couple of “modern classics” in my list, including the Harry Potter series, I firmly believe this is a modern classic and a series that will surely be a “classic” for future generations.

    My link is my about page – http://confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com/about-2/ as my blog is still relatively new 🙂

    The one question I would ask is – if you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one book with you what would it be??

    Rachel

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    1. That’s a tough one, but perhaps I’d like to take a bound copy of a major library catalogue, so I could browse through the titles at leisure and recall/retell/make up the stories that go with each title as I sit underneath my lonely palm tree 🙂

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  20. Hi my online name is missjomarch (also at Twitter @missjomarch1) otherwise I also go by Lori. I’ve just signed up to read 50 books in 5 years.
    My literary background is that I love to read. The best thing my parents did for me was get me a library card at a very young age. We lived walking distance from the library so I literally spent my summers there. I finish every book I start which is small goal each time I begin a book. I am fairly new to the blogging world and am both excited and overwhelmed to be part of it. People in my “real world” do not talk at length about books so this book blogging online community is a wonderful thing. You can find me and my 50 classic booklist at: In Love of Books and Friendship at http://missjomarch.booklikes.com/ClassicsClub
    Recent post of most recent book hangover: http://missjomarch.booklikes.com/post/802656/the-goldfinch
    Rather than list a favorite (haven’t started one yet) or one I’m most intrigued to read I’ll let you know I’m a bit intimidated to read Moby Dick (which I’ve listed) let alone War and Peace (which I have not). I hope that perhaps when I’m done with this listed I’ll be ready for War and Peace. So tell me . . . What book intimidates you and did you read it?

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  21. Hello all. My name is Trisha and I blog at eclectic / eccentric: http://www.eclectic-eccentric.com. I am a professor teaching composition, literature, and film. Despite being a literature professor my background is not as canon as one would expect as many of the literature courses I took were either Ancient and Medieval or 19th c. Irish Lit. I have 149 books on my list, but I expect that to change over time as I have an obsession with buying books (hence a very large number of unread books on my shelves). My intro post for The Classics Club has more to say about this: http://www.eclectic-eccentric.com/2014/03/the-classics-club.html

    As for a question, I like Mary Brown’s (she commented right before me) regarding who has actually read Ulysses. To answer, I read the first half, and even listened to the instructional/conversational commentary along the way. But I gave up. I was bored, confused, and not really caring about the story. That is not to say that if I pick it up sometime in the future I won’t love it; I am a very moody reading and a book that will not work at all at one point in time will be awesome at another.

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  22. Hello, everyone. I’m Mary Brown of Tacoma, WA, USA, and I’m new here.
    My introductory blog post, which contains my reasons for joining The Classics Club and my reading list, is here:
    http://www.notesinthemargin.org/weblog/2014/02/23/im-joining-the-classics-club/

    And the one question I’d like to ask is: Truthfully, have you ever read “Ulysses”?
    The book on my list that I’m most excited to read is Doris Lessing’s “The Golden Notebook.” I’ve had it on one of my shelves for YEARS.

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    1. Hello! I have read Ulysses – it was the book I took with me on my travels because it seemed like the only one that would last me a month. I am glad I’ve read it, but I will never ever ever pick it up again. There were bits I enjoyed but mostly I just felt deepest confusion. Clearly I’m not as bright as I thought I was!

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    2. I read it for a Novel 100 challenge that I have been working on for a few years. I hated the process of reading it but there were so many moments of brilliance and wittiness in it that in the end I loved it! I found Finnegan’s wake way more challenging but I ended up liking it too.

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  23. Hello everyone, I’m Thom! I blog at http://www.proteanstylus.com. I’ve got a rule about books and it’s new: one book at a time! So I suppose one book for the club is good enough for now. I joined today, March 1st 2014.
    I’m an avid reader and have completed a liberal Arts degree. I’m joining the Classics Club because I love reading but I often lack motivation – no doubt the result of having friends who are mostly indifferent to reading.
    I learned French (and Italian) to a post-graduate level at Uni and so I’m really looking forward to reading the Count of Monte Cristo in both English and French at the same time!

    I’m an aspiring writer, and at the moment I’m trying to write a collection of stories in the vein of the Arabian Nights Entertainment. Here is the link to the first story (http://proteanstylus.com/2014/02/26/tales-from-an-eastern-trader/)

    Nice to join the club!

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  24. Hi everyone! I’m Emma and I blog on classic literature (normally Victorian novels) over at http://bookwormchatterbox.wordpress.com/ I’m also on Twitter @bookwormchatter and on Bloglovin. Honestly, I don’t have a Classics Club list of books to read, instead I write on every classic (and some unknown books) that I’ve encountered during my time at University studying both English Lit and Victorian Lit 🙂

    I’m a massive Zola and Gaskell fan, and I love Sensation fiction! I’d really appreciate it if you’d have a little look at my blog and let me know what you think – I value all feedback on my posts 🙂 Chat soon! x

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    1. There is a Zoladdiction readlaong in April you might like to join. Follow the links on this site to Fanda at Classiclit.

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  25. Hello, everyone! I’m bridget from http://inthelandofthedragons.wordpress.com. I’ve been reading voraciously for years, but I hadn’t read any classics in a while, and I thought joining this club would give me a boost in that direction :D.

    I’m planning on reading 58 books over the next 58 months (though probably *not* one book/month, given the shortness of some of my picks and the length of some others (les mis, I am looking at you)). I’m very excited to begin working on my list, and I can’t wait to get to know some of you and check out what everyone else is reading.

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  26. Hi I’m Lois and I just joined the Classics Club! I’ve heard about it before and seen other bloggers participate but now I’m finally taking the plunge! I was always hesitant to join as I’ve read quite a few of the classics already but as there are still plenty of fish in the sea, some of which I would be very hesitant to read if I didn’t challenge myself (*cough* Wuthering Heights *cough*), I decided to go ahead and sign up. 🙂
    My blog’s name is You, Me, and a Cup of Tea. I have a list of 102 books to read with those extra two being expendable. 🙂
    My literary background? Well, let’s just say I have no professional literay background but I have been an amateur reader since I was very young. When I say young I mean young. I read The Lord of the Rings when I was seven so I could go see the movies when they came out in theaters. Looking back I’m not sure what I or my parents were thinking.
    I’m looking forward the most to reading is The Princess Bride as I love the movie (inconceivable I know) and have heard great things about the book.
    A post that probably sums me up really well would be this one about why Jane Austen’s novels are NOT romance novels. http://youmeandacupofteablog.blogspot.com/2013/03/not-romance.html
    Why that one? Because I tend to go on and on about it a lot. 🙂 Sorry… but not really that much. 😉
    Question I wish everyone would answer? Their favorite book of course! 😉 Mine? Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”.

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  27. I don’t think I have actually done this, even though I’ve been a part of the Classics Club for about a year and a half. I plan to read 50 books, and here is the link to my list. http://ablogofthebooks.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-classics-club.html
    And WOW! I loved Wuthering Heights! http://ablogofthebooks.blogspot.com/2013/06/book-review-wuthering-heights-by-emily.html
    I have no literary background….I love to read though, and recently got into the classics, and thought this club may be a good way to get used to the blogosphere and to introduce myself a bit.
    I have a goodreads, as I am sure most of you do as well, so I may as well link it 😉 https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/16538105-hannah

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  28. Hi, I’m Kay at whatmeread. I just joined yesterday (2/13/2014). I often read classics, but I tend to reread my favorites, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to stretch. I also read contemporary literary fiction and books in other genres, although mostly fiction. I picked 50 books for my list, many of which are new to me but about 8 to 10 of which are old favorites. I have a master’s degree in English Literature and just love reading. I have worked as a writer for more than 30 years, although as a technical writer, not a literary writer. I have also taught writing classes (composition and technical writing) at three universities and colleges, but part time.

    I sadly can’t think of a particular post that says who I am, but here is the link to my Classics Club list: http://whatmeread.wordpress.com/about/classics-club/

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  29. Hello all,

    I am Piyush Chourasia, with no formal literary training or experience. I blog at http://thereadersdilemma.blogspot.in/

    I try to read 75 books in a year, have ended up between 50 and 90 in the last 5 years. My favourite Classics authors include Edith Wharton, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, among others.

    My reading summary for 2013 can be found at http://thereadersdilemma.blogspot.com/2014/01/reading-summary-and-highlights-2013.html

    Best,
    Piyush

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  30. Hey, I’m Marly, and I blog over at strangebookfellows.blogspot.com. I went to college for English literature, and I started my blog to have a place to put my lit-related thoughts now that I’m out of school and my friends have grown tired of listening to me go on and on about the books I like. I did a post about my favorites:

    http://strangebookfellows.blogspot.com/2014/01/college-reads.html

    My Classics Club list (50, in three years) is mostly made up of novels I’ve always been meaning to read but never seemed to find their way onto my bookshelves or course lists. I’ve had some great teachers over the years, and I’ve been lucky with the books and authors they chose to give me, but I’m excited to now have the chance to explore additional classic titles for fun!

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  31. Hello! I’m Hamlette, and my book blog is called “The Edge of the Precipice” (from an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote). I just joined the club here last night (1-3-13), so my blog might not be in the member list yet. I’m planning to read at least 50 classics in 5 years.

    My literary background? Um, my mom introduced me to classic literature when I was a child, and as I grew up, Anne Shirley, Jo March, Robinson Crusoe, and Tom Sawyer were some of my best friends. Around the age of 14, I began writing down the stories I’d been making up for years, and started pursuing being a writer. When I went to college, I fell in with a writerly crowd — I joined the campus writers’ group, and eventually became its leader. I also edited the college’s literary magazine for two years. I graduated with my BA in Liberal Arts, concentrations (like minors) in English and History. In other words, I did a LOT of reading and writing in college, hee.

    I’m now a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of three young kids (6 and under), and am introducing them to classic children’s literature all the time, just like my own mom did for me. I also write in my spare time. And I blog! I have two blogs — the book review one I mentioned before, and also one called “Hamlette’s Soliloquy” that is mostly about movies, but has a fair amount of other random things going on too.

    It says to link to ONE post that speaks to who I am, so I’m going with this character study of Boromir from The Lord of the Rings. I’m currently hosting a LOTR read-along on that blog as well — we’re almost done with FOTR, and will be celebrating that with a giveaway soon. If you want to know more about me personally, there’s a “Who Am I?” page on both my blogs.

    And finally, it says to answer one question I wish everyone had to answer when they joined this thread. My answer is 42.

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  32. Hello everyone. My name is Fariba, and I recently started a blog called Exploring Classics.
    I plan to read 50 novels and plays in the next 5 years. Having joined yesterday, I am still awaiting membership approval.

    I am a college student, studying biology and French. My love for literary classics and for the French language inspired me to start this blog. Exploring Story explores English and French literary classics.
    The French world has created some of the greatest literature, so I want to introduce the non-Francophone world to these works. All French classics that I review are available in translation, and many can be downloaded on Kindle for free.

    I just finished reading The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. This is a great novel to read at the start of a new year as I explain here:
    http://exploringclassics.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/adventure-beckons-in-the-wind-in-the-willows/

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  33. Hi, I’m Carol. I blog at http://journey-and-destination.blogspot.com.au and have just signed up for the challenge. I’ve always loved to read but for the life of me I can harldy remember anything worthwhile I read when I was growing up…but I do know that I started reading seriously around the time I was about 18 years of age. The first classics I remember reading were All Quiet on the Western Front & A Tale of Two Cities. I think if you can follow Dickens you can probably cope with just about anything. Some books I’ve particularly enjoyed: Jane Eyre, Hard Times, Bleak House, Rebecca (Du Maurier), Persuasion and A Girl of the Limberlost.

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    1. Jane Eyre is my absolute favorite book! And Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen. Rebecca is in my top ten as well. I’m off to check out your blog!

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  34. Hallo, Hallo Clubbers!! 🙂

    I have been wanting to join the Classics Club for absolute ages! 🙂 Yes, even before I had my own blog: Jorie Loves A Story ! I have always felt a keen interest in Classical Literature, even whilst kids my own age would rather read Stephen King! (I did find two titles of his to include in my own tCC list, which I smiled at as I never thought I’d find one!) Jane Austen bespoke of the stories and images I was first drawn into as I became fascinated with Regency romances at a very young age, through Regency Christmas novellas of which Mary Jo Putney was a contributor! I now read her group blog: The Word Wenches regularly, so its quite a small world all the way around!

    The Victorian romances were next to follow, and from there, I sort of danced through genres, time, setting, and place! I adore reading stories that have been around for centuries, because you get to dip back into what motivated the writers to pen the books which have withstood time itself. I like reading long stories which are hefty to hold in your hand and give your mind a bit of an exercise in musing the possibilities therein!

    As you can see, I consider having a literary background is as simple as being an avid reader who appreciates the journey towards her next read which will soak into her heart and conscience! 🙂

    I haven’t yet begun my first book for tCC as that will be “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte, in which I am reading alongside Maggie (dear friend!) of An American in France !! We organised this RAL together, and started it in January so I could join the Club properly & have it as my first selection! 🙂 My second one will be “The Night Circus” by Erin Morganstern, as I consider this a ‘new’ classic for the genre “Magical Realism”!! You’ll note I have a rather large section devoted to this genre actually! (which is fully explained on my tCC page!) I had originally planned to read “The Night Circus” for SFN (Rinn Reads: Sci Fi Month), however, I have rolled my SFN goals into Sci-Fi Experience (concludes 31Jan14), as well as into my tCC list (if they cross-apply)! Sometimes in life your best intentions need a bit of extra hours to achieve!

    One post to surmise everything I am as a reader!? Hmm,… I think my impressions writ on “Illuminations” is a good overview actually! You might find another selection in my Story Vault which might serve as a betters example! You’ll have to let me know! 🙂 I put a Contact Form on my tCC list to make it easy for Clubbers to send me a note!

    I’ll also be tweeting tCC newsbits @JLovesAStory!

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  35. Howdy everyone! I’m Holly! My online name is ‘bookians’, which I use for Goodreads, twitter, my blog etc. Currently my ‘classics-club’ Goodreads shelf is at 79 books, although I’ve already read 2 books on there. They are yet to be reviwed though! I only joined The Classics Club a few days ago, and am still slightly bewildered by it all, but I really can’t wait to get stuck in! My literary background isn’t great so far, but that’s mainly because I’m only 17! I’m currently studying A-Level English Literature, and am hoping to continue it to degree level. My dream is to become a librarian. Yes, I know it’s sad! I’m perhaps most intrigued by Paradise Lost by John Milton. I’m starting a readalong on Goodreads for it in the next few days, and I’m so excited! It’s going to be tough, I know, but considering how much it is culturally referenced to, I really can’t wait to get started on it!. I tink my one post is this one: http://bookians.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/top-ten-tuesday-favourite-books-pre-1960.html. It shows my favourite classic books, which I am trying to heavily focus on. My one question… What book has influenced you most, and why? So far, for me, it’s been Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky. It completely changed my view on literature, and I can’t wait to explore more translated literature!

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  36. I just joined today and I’m psyched. Unlike a marathon, the paper I’m writing, or a prescription of antibiotics, this challenge is one thing I know I can complete. My name is Keri and my blog, Keri Blakinger’s IV League, is http://www.keriblakinger.wordpress.com . Originally I started my blog because I’m writing a book myself and my intent has been to document the journey, but I’ve just decided to expand my blog to join the Classic Club challenge and document that journey as well.

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  37. Hello all… I’m chuffed to have found you.

    Shah Wharton
    Shah Wharton’s WordsinSync
    Around 25 classics sounds doable, but more would be better.
    I signed up today – 1st October 2013
    No real literary background. Even school neglected us! 😦 I’m a Psychology grad attempting to calve out a career as a writer.
    I’ve read some classics already, most notably Dracula, which I read last year. I’m looking forward to the Twelve Creepy Stories of Poe.
    I needed a reason to read more classics… I always wanted to, but current releases always seemed to take precedence. Which is just wrong!
    http://wp.me/p2rnfx-1vK
    I think every vampire lover should read Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. I adored it.

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  38. My WordPress name is Bookheathen, my real name Andrew, and I just filled in the form to join you. I’m a writer, publishing history non-fiction and historical fiction as well as enjoying writing book reviews. My blog is at bookheathen.wordpress.com, and my personal website (for anyone who is interested) at http://www.magdagreen.co.uk.
    But I’m a reader too, devouring anything from crime, sci-fi, literary fiction and historicals to books about history, music, science and mathematics. Classical works have always been a big part of my reading life.
    The Classics Club is a real challenge and I hope it will be a lot of fun!
    I’m going to start on my list of 50 tomorrow with Dickens’ David Copperfield.

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  39. Hi! My name is Sally and you can find my blog here: http://classicchildrensbooks.net/
    I plan to read 50 books for the club, maybe more. I joined last week and have given myself 3 years to read and review my “must read” list.

    Hmm… my literary background? It’s safe to say, I have none!

    I studied science at school and university. I then entered a career in computing. So I definitely don’t have a literary background!

    But I have loved reading for as long as I can remember. Now I’m a Mom, I hope to pass that passion on to my children.

    My Classic Children’s Books website is my way of sharing the joy of reading with other parents. It is very much a “hobby blog”. I’m a stay at home Mom and a small business owner. So I don’t have a whole lot of spare time for writing book reviews!

    I first learnt about blogging and websites when I started my small business. It’s a Children’s Consignment Sale. You can check out my consignment sale blog here: http://www.americanconsign.com/blog/

    I’m still learning about the world of blogging. And I’m very much the new kid on the block in the book review world. But I’m thoroughly enjoying the journey.

    Picking one post that speaks to who I am is incredibly difficult for me. Not because there are so many but because I’m still discovering my “blogging voice”. I’m finding that it really is difficult to write as myself.

    So with all those excuses out of the way, here’s my latest post: http://classicchildrensbooks.net/book-review-guess-how-much-i-love-you/ It is my most natural post so far and took me the least time to write!

    Which brings me to the question I wish everybody would answer in this thread. How did you find your online writing voice? Or does your blogging style continually change?

    I’ve already answered my own question above but would love to hear from more experienced bloggers on this.

    Thanks for reading my introduction. I look forward to “meeting” you all online and discovering your blogs!

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  40. Hello! I’m Laura and my book blog is http://leedsbookworm.wordpress.com. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t read, and I studied it at university. I just really love books!

    I have chosen 101 books, all unread so far, mainly because I’ve discovered I have a lot of classic (and some slightly less classic) works on my shelves that I bought with good intentions only to discover that I really wanted to read another crime novel. I have given myself five years as I get distracted like a moth when it comes to new literature. There will probably be a break when Bridget Jones comes out next month. I haven’t started my list yet as I’m still finishing my Ngaio Marsh but the first will probably be Daphne du Maurier.

    I have two other blogs on WordPress; http://dailywritings.wordpress.com, where I post a piece of creative writing every day, and http:///midlifeearthquake.wordpress.com, where where I just write about myself really!

    The blog post on lots Leeds Bookworm that probably says most about me is: http://leedsbookworm.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/a-very-real-dystopia/. My Hunger Games post!

    My question is probably which literary character you are most like rather than the one you would like to be. I have pondered long and hard on this and I think mine is Hermione Granger. I am a bit of a know-it-all sadly. I would most like to be someone more glamorous I think.

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  41. Hi everyone! My name is Shelly, and you can find my blog at http://raindropsandpages.wordpress.com I recently made the switch over to WordPress and so it’s kind of a fresh start for me. I’m really loving getting involved with the blogging community, so don’t hesitate to stop by and say hello.

    I joined up yesterday, and I’ve got a list of fifty books–though knowing how my mind works, I’ll finish a book, write a review, cross it off my list and add another one. This is how everything goes for me, I can’t just settle on a set number. It’s a disease I tell you. 🙂

    I’m a voracious reader, I’ve always loved reading. When I was in school I read above my grade level, though I stuck more to current fiction rather than the classics. I did get a chance to read some of the classics in high school and the ones that were required reading I really enjoyed. (Except for Steinbeck and Hemingway I really couldn’t care less). I don’t have a background in literature but I do enjoy writing.

    One of the blogs I follow is a member of the club, and I wanted to join too, so here I am. I’m really excited to read most of the books on my list, somehow Steinbeck and Hemingway crept in there and I think that was a friend’s doing, but if I had to pick one…I’ll go with “The Handmaiden’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. I’ve seen some pretty amazing reviews of this book.

    Right now I have a lot of gifted/ARC book reviews up and I’m not certain how people feel about those, so I’ll link a post with some flash fiction that I’ve written: http://raindropsandpages.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/wednesday-briefs

    My question for the group: What book if any did you pick up the Spark’s Notes for rather than reading the text? Mine would be Their Eyes Were Watching God.

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  42. Hello, my name is Olaf and I blog at theozreader.blogspot.com.au (you can tell from that address that I join you from sunny Australia). Given my busy professional life (where I also need to read), I am convinced that 50 books will be enough for me.
    I have no literary background other than a desire to read and joined the club on the advice of a dear friend from my college days to encourage me to read more for pleasure.
    I’ve really only started but “To Kill a Mockingbird” is still a book I enjoyed a lot, having now read it again. My current battle is with a book I always felt in need to read but was scared of: Ulysses by James Joyce (so ,if anyone is reading it as well, maybe we can mutually encourage each other to stick with it).
    Here is the link from my review of the book above: http://theozreader.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/to-kill-mockingbird-by-harper-lee.html#gpluscomments.
    Still not quite sure how this club functions and how these blogs link with each other, but in time this might resolve itself. Cheers.

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  43. My name is Rebecca and I blog at twoorthreelittlebirds.com. I think I will be lucky if I make it through the minimum 50 books because I am a slow reader with heaps of things pulling me away. A great book to me is one with beautiful language and imagery, and I can’t help but reread sentences that knock me out. So while I’m constantly reading a book, it takes me longer than most people.

    I am an English professor, so that about spells out my literary background. I read fiction and poetry, memoir, spirituality and bookish journalism. I also enjoy music and film and weave some of that into my blog writing as well. I’m hoping to network here for inspiration and motivation AND to cross some of these books off my to do list. I’m most looking forward to reading the James Salter and Graham Greene books on my list. I loved Salter’s latest book, All That Is, and Greene’s The Power and the Glory is one of the best books I’ve read in the last year.

    I try to keep my blog light and write as I read since it sometimes takes me a month to finish a book. In between those books, I comment on other things I’m “reading” on the web. Here is a post I wrote about a third of the way through Kate Atkinson’s much-hyped Life After Life:

    http://www.twoorthreelittlebirds.com/?p=2019

    And this is what I wrote after I finished the book:

    http://www.twoorthreelittlebirds.com/?p=2173

    And who sparked my interest in reading? I would have to say my high school English teachers. While most of my friends never read the books and faked their way through class, I was secretly confessing in my reading journal just how much I loved them. I wasn’t much of a novel reader as a kid and had terrible taste (VC Andrews and Sweet Valley High, ugh!) But once I got into high school everything changed. I didn’t major in English right away, though. I spent three years studying something else and then again, took an English class and got hooked.

    This is me, and I look forward to sharing in the journey!

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