Group Check-In #11- August 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.


10 thoughts on “Group Check-In #11- August 2014

  1. I was distracted away from classics for a few months – heard about the Outlander tv series and ended up powering through all 8 books before it aired – not sure how I overlooked this series before! Anyway, next distraction was Fifty Shades of Grey – again, it was buzz about the movie coming out next year that led me to pick up the book and find out what all the fuss was about ๐Ÿ˜‰ Interestingly enough, it was the references in that book to Tess of the D’Urbervilles that led me back to my classics list. So I just finished Tess as well as Far from the Madding Crowd, which I absolutely loved. Great adaptations of these books to watch as well ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Working my way, slowly, through The World According to Garp (my Classics Spin pick), been reading some non-classics at the same time but today also decided to start another of my list. Been in a kind of gloomy mood…so decided that reading The Phantom Of The Opera might be good.


  3. Hello,

    I’m very excited to have discovered this club a couple of days ago – my reading of the classics needs a boost, so this looks like the perfect thing to me. I will ‘join up’ but it’s going to take me a few days to come up with a list of 50 titles that I’m happy with (or perhaps I should say whittle it down to 50). I’m going to go for 50 over 5 years (the min and the max allowable I think) because I want to keep it achievable and still allow sufficient reading time to tackle other things as well.


    • Don’t worry too much about perfecting your list – I found I started making additions right away based on new discoveries, such as finding other works of an author I was enjoying. Just come with a quick 50 and get started! Good luck!


  4. Right now I’m finishing up The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – a nice break before the Dostoevsky class I’ll be taking this fall. Then it’s on to King Lear, which I’m SO excited about – I hear it’s one of Shakespeare’s best.


  5. I’ll finish Gone with the Wind in the next day or two. It is superb, and I’m a Yankee by the way. I only wish I had read it before seeing the movie. The movie is also superb, but I had so many preconceptions when starting the novel. It would have been nice to read it more…unbiased. Still, it is excellent, probably my third most favorite of my list thus far, behind only Lord of the Rings, and To Kill a Mockingbird.


  6. I haven’t been doing much interactively for the Classics club. I read a couple of shorter classics over the summer – To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway. It’s supposed to be his worst book, but I still liked it a lot (review up here: .

    I also read Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling. It’s a nice book, although it’s more of a young boy’s read than a full-blown adult classic.

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  7. Like many CC’ers, I’m in the middle of Austen in August…I finished my reread of Sense and Sensibility and just need to tweek/edit my review.

    Before starting my #ccpsin 7 book (The Silent Spring) I plan to get lost in my new Murakami (with stickers!)

    I’ve spent my wintry Sunday afternoon reviewing classics for little kids…and wish there was one for The Brother’s Karamazov – to help me finish my #ccspin book from the New Year!


  8. I’ve tried to read a bunch of smaller things this summer–some plays by Chekhov, some poetry, etc. Now I’m going to start reading my Spin title (Trollope! Long!) and…War and Peace! Yes! Soon, anyway.

    I’ve also been working on my Arthurian challenge and read some Tristan. Now I’m starting Parzival, and a readalong of Malory has been suggested to me so I think I’ll do that in the fall!

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