Hello all and welcome to this month’s post honoring Sherry from Ubiquitous Grace. As part of the festivities, Sherry has answered some questions and shared some post with us. For more information or If you have a nomination for future Clubbers of the month, you can nominate them on the clubber page. Nominations for February will be taken until 2/7/2019.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? How long have you been blogging? What made you start a blog in the first place? Favorite authors/genres?
I am a 48-year-old from the Detroit area of Michigan. I have been blogging on and off for the past 15+ years in one form or another. My current blog, Ubiquitous Grace, has only been around since 2015. I blog mostly about homemaking and reading. I started a blog because I want(ed) to interact with people who had similar hobbies and interests.
My favorite authors are Margaret Mitchell, Jane Austen, The Bronte sisters, Louisa May Alcott, and Elizabeth Gaskell.
Other than classics, I love historical fiction, Christian fiction, and a good thriller.
Favorite authors in other genres: Janette Oke, Stephen King, Jojo Moyes, Jan Karon, and my current favorite, Kristin Hannah.
2. Tell us a little about your involvement in The Classics Club. When did you join? What made you want to join?
I joined The Classics Club just six months ago. I read about it on another blog and immediately signed up. I have wanted to read more classic novels over the years, but honestly – I needed a push! More motivation to delve into the genre that I’ve loved since I first learned to read.
3. What is your goal for your participation in The Classics Club? How did you come up with your list? What is your favorite part about the club?
My goal is, first, to read more classics. Second, to be more involved with other people who also love this genre and find more bloggers who are also avid readers. My favorite part about the club would have to be the members. I love reading other posts and gain insight into books I have not yet read.
4. How many books have you read so far? What are you currently reading? What books will you be starting soon?
In my first few months of The Classics Club I have only finished 4 classics. However, that’s more than I would have read prior!
Right now I am reading Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse.
After I finish that, I plan to read Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson.
5. Top 3 favorite classic books of all time. Your favorites and Least favorites? Are you looking forward to a particular book on your list?
My #1 favorite classic of all time is Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind”. My mom introduced me to the book when I was 16 and I fell in love with the characters and the story. A close #2 would be Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. What’s not to love? I enjoy the language as well as the setting and storyline.
#3 could be Alcott’s “Little Women” or Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” – honestly I am not sure. There are several others that could be tied for third place as well! A few more favorites would be “The Grapes of Wrath”, “The Great Gatsby”, “Wuthering Heights”, “The Secret Garden”, “A Separate Peace”.
Least favorites? I have never enjoyed anything by Hemingway and I was very disappointed in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”.
I am looking forward to several books on my list, including Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar”, “Kristin Lavransdatter” by Sigrid Undset, and “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith.
6. Anything else you’d like to share with Club Members? (It can be a personal story about a book, something else to do with the Club, etc).
When I was about 7 or 8-years-old, my mom bought me these tiny little condensed versions of Edgar Allen Poe, Jack London, and Mark Twain. They were simplified and had black and white pictures and I just LOVED them! When I was old enough, I reached for the full versions of books from these three authors and have loved them ever since.
Yay! Thank you so much to Sherry for participating and congrats again!