Group Check-In #32: February 2019

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Hi Clubbers! How’s the reading going?

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, share 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.



59 thoughts on “Group Check-In #32: February 2019

  1. Hi! I finally got my act together — and my list compiled — and joined the Classics Club! My CC page is now posted at the top of my Rose City Reader Reader blog. My name is Gilion, I live in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been a lawyer for close to 30 years and a book blogger for almost 11.

    I signed on to read 50 classics by the end of 2023. I can’t resist a list, so I’m working on many other books lists, like the Pulitzer, Booker, and Edgar Prize winners; the Radcliffe and Erica Jong “Top 100” lists (I finished the Modern Library list before I started my blog); and a couple of my own lists, like Campus Novels and Venice Books. I pulled together my CC list from these.

    I follow many CC members on social media already. I look forward to meeting more of you. I’m on Twitter and Instagram using my name (Gilion Dumas) and Rose City Reader has its own Facebook page. I’m also on goodreads, LibraryThing, and Pinterest, but don’t socialize much on any of them.

    Happy reading!

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  2. I’ve read 14 out of my original list of 55 (and I’m not changing that list! No, no, don’t do it!) in the fifteen months since I joined up. Latest was my spin book Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.

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    1. Hi Reese! Nice to see you here too. By the way, you won the Jet Setter Prize for the 2018 European Reading Challenge — I just posted the winner announcement. Congratulations! I will send you your gift card. 🙂


  3. I began my 2nd list (of 50) in October and so far am on track with finishing one book from my list per month. I have 2 short ones in my library pile right now (Feb. is a short month) and expect to get at least one of them read. I read a lot of non-classics, but try to stick with my list for classics so I get through the list. I missed the start of the chunkster spin so will be keeping an eye out for the next spin.

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  4. Well, I’ve only read 3 classics so far this year, and two of them were quite short, but that means I’ve got 27 books read on the list I started in December of 2016, which you can see here. So I feel like I’m on track to finish fifty by December of 2021.

    I completed my first 50 classics for the CC back in 2016 (see that list here) and loved the experience so much, I started with a fresh list! I keep adding more titles to my list as I go, so by the time I’d finished 50 books, I had almost 50 more on the list that I hadn’t read yet. So I just used those unread titles to create my second list and off I went again 🙂 That second list now has 86 titles on it, so when I finish my second set of 50 in a couple of years, I’ll probably begin on a third go-round!

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  5. Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know we have a new member, & I’m not sure anyone realizes she joined. Her name is Elena. She’s from Austria. She posted her list on February 3, & has already read The Chronicles of Narnia to completion! 🙂

    I don’t know if she wants to be posted on the members list here at the site. She might just be reading quietly. No idea. I haven’t asked. But she is reading! 🙂

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      1. And? It would be awesome if someone would jump in on this conversation. If anyone is still following this thread? A blogger (Chloe) is disheartened by the lack of diversity she sees in the Western canon, & feels that enforced school reading has made the classics boring. If anyone could suggest some diverse classics she might try, or offer her some advice on where to start in a personal classics quest separate from school reading, she might be open to it. She seems genuinely frustrated, which is where I was before I began falling for these crazy, dusty old books we all keep reading. 🙂

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        1. I see this attitude a lot. Saw it from my classmates and from kids nowadays. I never understood it because I always loved the classics. Way more than whatever the contemporary teen fiction was. I loved 80 percent of what we read in school. That being said, I am working to diversify my classic reading now. I need to think on a reply to her because I just wrote one out that was an essay and deleted it without actually commenting.

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  6. I am halfway through my list. Seven of the books on my lists also cross over for my Back to the Classics Challenge this year, and whatever happens with spins.

    No classics right now though. I just finished a middle grade novel that was really creepy and I’m currently working on a contemporary novel for our family book discussion. Next up is the final book in a trilogy I’ve been waiting for, and then a classics that’s not on my Club list but for my Back to the Classics challenge.

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  7. I think I’m doing well. I have until end of 202 to finish my first round of 50 titles. I have 23 more to go. Now, if I stuck to the classics that ARE on my list, it would be no problem. BUT I have the regrettable tendency to read also classics that are NOT on this list!! So since the beginning of this list in 2016, I have read 15 other classics that are not on my official list. And I’m currently reading 2 others (Don Quixote and a re-read of Les Misérables with one of my French students)!!
    So technically, how do you count that?? Anyone else doing the same stupid thing?
    Oh, and I’m already thinking of my next list, which will be special as well, because I want to reread all of Zola, so 20 titles will be by him.
    I dare you, can you get more crazy??

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    1. I’m quirky, Emma, but I have modified my list many times since I originally made it last year. Don Quixote is a good example. When I heard about the group read, I decided to delete a title on my list and replace it with Don Quixote. Then I put the deleted title on a list that I will draw upon when I create my second list.

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      1. Ah! SO, would it be ok to then add the 28 of my original list + the 14 unlisted one, towards my goal of 50? And when I’m done, obviously restart a new 50 list, including in there the ones not read yet for my original list?

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    2. My entire participation with this club since March 2012 has been reading things not on my list. 😛 Yet, since then I’ve read 160!

      currently finishing | Les Miserables

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    3. I have decided that I really have a very ambitious list with much more than 50 classics but where only 50 classics are pre-defined. That way I can feel proud about all the classics I read without allowing myself to completely ignore the classics I meant to read. Although I may start shifting titles out later if the time is about to run out or if I decide that there are some titles I don’t really want to read after all.

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  8. I’ve started my reading year with some good classics that were unfortunately not on my list (including Gerald Durrell’s memoir My Family and Other Animals which was excellent). However, I’m planning to read Kallocain by Karin Boye as my next book which would put me back on track.

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  9. On Friday (8th), I celebrated one year into my second list 😀 In that year, I read seven books – less than I had hoped – but I did read some long and/or challenging books, including The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. This year, I am hoping to indulge in more of my shorter children’s classics to give myself a bit of a break!

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  10. I finished my CC Spin book as well, which I was thrilled about, as it was a book I originally started in 2016!
    I’m reading a chapter a day of Don Quixote with Nick’s reading group.
    And I also read two classic Australian stories by Ethel Turner in January for another challenge – the Australian Women Writer’s Gen II week –

    Finally, I’m in the process of putting together my thoughts on how best to host a Moby Dick readalong that includes the book AND the podcast Moby Dick Big Read – 136 chapters to be read & listened to – one chapter a week is what I’m thinking at the moment. TBA 🙂

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    1. Fortunately I seem to go from a reading binge into a reading slump, which allows me to catch up blogging and reviews!!
      Hopefully you don’t have to do something so drastic to catch up 🙂

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  11. I started 2019 with 10 books left on my 50 titles list, and finished Agnes Grey in January, leaving me 9 left to read. My goal is to be done on time mid this year–it’s a fairly reasonable goal as nothing is really a chunkster except Can You Forgive Her? by Trollope. Actually, I think the new goal is by the end of 2019 🙂

    BTW, I don’t understand why I have to log into one of the social media channels to post. I would prefer to provide name/email/blog url. My blog name is JaneGS at Reading, Writing, Working, Playing.

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  12. So far this year I’ve read two classics, Around the World In 80 Days & The Three Musketeers. I loved them both! Now I am reading The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot, which is actually not on my list at all 😆 That has been one of my struggles for awhile – sticking to the list! I’ve never been great with TBRs though 🤷‍♀️

    I definitely want to get more involved with the site and updates here with the group – I’ve been flying pretty solo so far. I still have a lot of blog posts to catch up with of what I’ve read since the fall 😬

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  13. Going well so far. I finalised two books for the #19 spin; Washington Square by Henry James and Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. Quite please that I managed the last, chunky one! I am presently reading two books from my spin list; Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and The Divine Comedy by Dante. The last one is a long term project.
    Otherwise I have read a total of 16 books this year, in a variety of genres. Very pleased and I have enjoyed the books, of which some are audio. I think I am getting into this kind of ‘reading’!

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