Second Check-In: Women’s Classic Literature Event 2016.

Elizabeth Gaskell, Jane Austen, Zora Neale Hurson, George Eliot, Rose Wilder Lane, Louisa May Alcott, & Virginia Woolf.

Elizabeth Gaskell, Jane Austen, Zora Neale Hurston, George Eliot, Rose Wilder Lane, Louisa May Alcott, & Virginia Woolf.

Our April group question: Share an interesting fact about the life of the author you’re currently reading for this event. This might take some research. You can share below or write up a pretty post for your blog, if you’re feeling creative. 🙂


Hello, friends! Here’s the second check-in for the 2016 Women’s Classic Literature Event. Who’s still with us? What have you read? Any favorite titles? Share! Share!

That’s the entirety of what we have to say in this check-in. We’re relying on you to make this check-in happen in the comment box. 🙂 If you’ve read some great titles or written some great posts for this event, please feel free to share them below. You can also share your events below, if you’re hosting a group read for a title by a classic female author. Or you can ask if anyone wants to buddy read with you. We’ll check back as a group in July. HAPPY READING!

You can get a live feed for the event on Twitter: #ccwomenclassics.

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28 thoughts on “Second Check-In: Women’s Classic Literature Event 2016.

  1. I recently read Shelley’s Frankenstein, though I have not posted about it yet. And I’ve decided to work through some of the major works discussed in The Madwoman in the Attic as I continue with this project, which will include some re-reads from the Brontes, a couple of new as well as familiar works from George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf – I’ve yet to read any VW and I really need to!

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  2. I just finished my review of Classical Women Poets, the third title on my list. http://canonofonesown.com/2016/04/28/nine-and-more-ea…ical-women-poets/

    Tomorrow I plan to finish The Voyage Out for the #Woolfalong.

    Next I’m reading Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: Selected Works. Sor Juana a 17th-century Mexican writer, is said to be the first published feminist writer in the New World. I’ve wanted to read her works for a long time, so I’m really excited to finally get around to it.

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  3. I’m currently reading Anne of Windy Poplars, so my interesting fact is about Lucy Maud Montgomery, that her early life was rather like Anne’s in many ways. You can read more in my post here.

    I’ve read 6 books for this event so far, and am almost done with my 7th.

    Also, beginning May 29, I’ll be hosting a read-along of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, which I invite all of you to join if you’re interested! You can read more details in this post.

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  4. I finally finished The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. A wonderfully rich and descriptive novel. An interesting fact about Pearl S. Buck is that she had a special needs daughter and Wang Lung and O-lan’s eldest daughter was also a special needs child. Clearly this was very close to her heart. Then again, how could it not be?

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  5. OK. I figured out that my post about my Women’s Literature Event book, The Age of Innocence did get lost. So I shall try again. I enjoyed the classic by Edith Wharton. Wharton won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1921 for this book. She as the first female to ever win the prize. She also designed her own estate in Massachusetts, The Mount, which I would love to visit some day.

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  6. I just finished reading The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton about life in old New York in the 1870s. I loved the peek back at a by-gone era. Everything I learned about the author was new to me since I knew nothing about her before I did a little digging. Her old estate, The Mount, in Massachusetts was designed by Wharton herself. I hope to visit it some day. She won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1921 for this book, the first time the prize was awarded to a female.

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  7. I am in the middle of Sarah Orne Jewett’s, The Country of the Pointed Firs. One of the interesting things about her younger life is that her father was a well-known medical doctor and she used to accompany him on his calls getting to know the farmers and fishermen, the characters, she would later write about.

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  8. Well, I haven’t officially joined this particular literary event, at least not officially, but considering I just read Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, I guess that counts.

    You may have noticed that there isn’t much known about Emily Bronte. But one of the facts new to me, although I’m sure not to most everyone else, is that she also penned poetry, some of which was dark and forbidding, a perfect lead-in to Wuthering Heights. A friend of mine is hosting a poetry month celebration so I may need to read some of Emily’s work just to discover her style. There is no more perfect time.

    Here’s my review of Wuthering Heights for the interested!

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  10. I started in November when the meme was first published and I have since then read, Woolf, Austen, Gaskell, Oliphant and Rosetti. You can find all my reviews here : https://madcaphat.wordpress.com/women-classic-literature-reading-event/
    For the current month, I am reading Willa Cather – Death Comes to the Archbishop. Unique fact about Cather – While attend­ing the Uni­ver­sity of Nebraska, Ms. Cather dressed as a man and called her­self “William”, her fic­tional twin brother

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  11. I just learned about the Classics Club, and this event in particular a week or so ago so I’m a new member. I’m currently reading Middlemarch by George Eliot which is proving far more captivating than expected! After I finish this book will move onto Death of an ArchBishop by Willa Cather – this will be my first time with both authors. Have fun reading everyone!

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      • Thanks so much for your kind words! I speak English (bi-lingual in Dutch) and read French as a hobby/passion! If you look at blog posts in May 26 2012 you can see how I started the French Challenge, May 19 2013 1st year French wrap up, Nov 01 2014 French challenge completed and Jan 28 2015 finished reading 20 Zola books in French Rougon-Marquet series. So if you are curious…that’s my story!

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  12. I’ve been reading novels from the ‘Pilgrimage ‘ series by Dorothy Richardson which have been my stand out discoveries so far this year. I’m trying to read all 13 this year which should be doable as they’re so very good. I also plan on reading some Virginia Woolf as part of #Woolfalong, and read ‘In Between The Acts’ last month.

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  13. Last month I read ‘In the Shadow of Man’ by Jane Goodall, her first book about her time studying the chimpanzees of Gombe. It’s a classic in the science-nonfiction genre. She has done SO MUCH in this world, encouraging women in science and conservation in general, but especially efforts to understand/save the great apes. Here’s my little review: http://www.lonestaronalark.com/2016/03/classics-club-in-shadow-of-man-by-jane.html

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  14. I ‘ve read Night and Day by Virginia Woolf for my #Woolfalong which continues all year. My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather , Good Behaviour by Molly Keane and The Little Girls by Elizabeth Bowen were all fantastic. More Virginia Woolf soon. I ‘m just about to start The Squire by Enid Bagnold. Happy reading.

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