Group Check-In #19 – June 2016

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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. 🙂

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.

12 thoughts on “Group Check-In #19 – June 2016

  1. Hi! I’m making slower progress than I had hoped. So far I’ve read four titles from my list and written about three of them. I did take a detour to read The Voyage Out and A Haunted House and Other Stories for the #Woolfalong, which weren’t on my Classics Club list but were definitely worth reading.

    Right now I’m reading plays and poetry by Aphra Behn, the first English woman to earn a living as a writer.


  2. My list is languishing, but I have read two wonderful classics this month – Nevil Shute’s On the Beach and Margaret Kennedy’s The Ladies of Lyndon.


  3. I haven’t been making much progress with my list lately, but I’m currently reading Lark Rise to Candleford (my Spin book) and I’m really enjoying it so far.

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  4. I just finished War and Peace…whew. Spoiler alert, Russia wins. My review:
    And so now I’ve started The Count of Monte Cristo (just a bit shorter thean W&P). I hadn’t thought about this until I started reading CofMC, that it follows historically very shortly after W&P and again concerns, though to a much lesser degree, the fates and actions of Napoleon.

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  5. I just finished reading The Story of the Amulet by Edith Nesbit and I am now going to start my Spin result: Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne 🙂


  6. Hi everyone, doing well, read 4 so far:

    2 reviewed:
    The Secret of the Old Clock, by Carolyn Keene
    Inferno, by Dante Alighieri. I actually did a video on it, see on my youtube channel:

    2 to be reviewed:
    Le temps retrouvé, by Marcel Proust
    L’étranger, by Albert Camus

    And right now, reading:
    Purgatorio, by Dante Alighieri


  7. I’ve decided to devote my summer to catching up on and expanding my philosophy studies. My philosophy favorite so far is Pensees by Pascal so I may re-read that as well as many others. There are probably too many books on my list to finish in one summer, but I am feeling ambitious. Right now I am reading Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes. I write about my reading life at


  8. I’m so struggling with my list… but I’m also just struggling with finding what to read in general. You know when you WANT to read something but nothing sounds good and nothing is grabbing you in? I think I need to pick a book from my list and make myself read it – just to get back into the habit.

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  9. I just finished Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. I wasn’t quite sure about the book since I struggled with The Sun Also Rises last summer, but I really really liked this one. I feel like I will have to let it percolate a bit so it may be a while before I post about it.

    I’m also listening to To Kill a Mockingbird. It is the perfect classic summer novel in my opinion. I’m enjoying the audio.

    Next up : The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck



  10. Hi! I’m Holly, the blogger behind the blog Nut Free Nerd. 🙂 Lately I’ve read quite a few classics, but not many of them are on my classics club list. I guess this doesn’t really matter, so long as I’m enjoying them? My most recent classic was The Scarlet Letter, which I really enjoyed. The only other thing by Nathaniel Hawthorne I had read prior to this was a short story, so I didn’t really know what to expect going into it. But it was fantastic!! How’s everyone else’s progress been going?


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