Group Check-In #29: March 2018

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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.

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17 thoughts on “Group Check-In #29: March 2018

  1. Well let’s see…I just finished Little Women (Loved it!) which was #24 of 75 on my Classics Club Round 2), but more importantly to mo #98 on my quest to read the 100 Greatest Novels. I’ve started the last really giant tome in that quest A Dance to the Music of Time (3000+ pages). Can’t say that I love it yet, but it’s better than that other 3000+ page novel. Cheers.
    My review of Little Women: https://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2018/03/little-women-by-louisa-may-alcott-98.html?showComment=1521633216955#c8690248047633446459

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  2. I just crossed off the first classic of my list, The Fellowship of the Ring. It had been on my tbr list long before I decided to make a list of fifty classics to read and join this club and I’m so happy I finally read it and enjoyed that much 🙂
    I am currently reading Hamlet and the next classic might be Jane Eyre or A Tale of Two Cities … we’ll see. Perhaps it’ll be some other, as I am always changing my mind on what to read next.

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  3. I finished Brown on Resolution by C.S. Forester a few months ago, but my list as been neglected since then. However, thanks to the recent Classics Spin I’m now reading Shirley by Charlotte Bronte.

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  4. Progress has been rather slow up until recently but I was able to cross three off my list last month: The Bell by Iris Murdoch, Memento Mori by Muriel Spark and John Macnab by John Buchan. Lots still to go though and I now realise I was too ambitious in setting a two year timeframe only to complete my list: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/the-classics-club/ I can’t see me getting through all the remaining titles by the end of this year as I like to mix new releases into my reading along with classics. However, I’ll definitely be reading Mr. Standfast this month as it’s the next book in my Buchan of the Month reading project. I’ve also got my spin book I’ll read, The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby, and I’m going to try to squeeze in The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton as well.

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    1. I’ve looked around your blog and enjoyed your reviews. John Buchan is new to me, although I know the movie of “The Thirty-Nine Steps”. He even has a society devoted to him, so many people must love his work! Thanks for pointing me in his direction.

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      1. Thanks for visiting. The film version of The 39 Steps (actually there are three versions that I know of, although to my mind the first version directed by Alfred Hitchcock is the best) all take big liberties with the story. If you get the opportunity, I think you might enjoy the original book.

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  5. Only managed one since the last check-in – The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg, which I found surprisingly enjoyable. Who knew lots of stuff about the Scottish version of Calvinism could be fun? John Knox would be furious! I’ve bumped No Name by Wilkie Collins to make way for my spin read Gone with the Wind, and if that doesn’t kill me I’m hoping to fit in a bit of classic sci-fi with The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison. It’s remotely possible I might be quite looking forward to GwtW now…

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  6. March 28th will be the 1 year mark for me. That day I picked around 50 classics, but throughout the year, I found myself reading many others, so I had to start tracking all those new to my list classics, and I wrote +added at the end of the title. So far, I’ve read 36 classics, and my always morphing TBR list has 47. https://silviacachia.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/the-classics-club/
    I really love classics, -I was giddy when I found the club. I had seen some posts, but I had no full idea of what this club was until some time last year. It was fun to make the list, and it’s still fun to constantly tweak it. (That’s who I am.)
    I’ve participated in two spins, last one this month, and the past December, and I plan to read the title I got, Persuasion, -along with a few more classics added for good measure!
    I just finish a peculiar classic, “True Grit”, which was a good read in the ‘light’ category, I’d say. I’m always adding lesser known and a bit obscure “old books”, mainly, -but not only, in Spanish, -maybe they are not classics, but just old books, however, I add them because who knows who may want to read them.
    I love the spins, and the updates, they put me in touch with that which others are reading, and it opens me new book possibilities, reminds me of old friends, and gives me a perfect chance to discuss books.

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