The Classic Meme 2.0


Hello Clubbers!

Way back when, in 2012, the Classics Club came into being. A monthly meme was devised to bring clubbers together to chat about classics. A question was posed for you to ponder and discuss. You could write a blog post and leave the link or simply put your thoughts in the comments.

Earlier this year, no doubt thanks to a certain virus disrupting our regular lives, I had a few requests to revive this tradition. I have struggled to keep my own blog going, let alone anything else during this time. This post contains no pressure or expectation for widespread participation. Everyone is going through their own thing right now. But if you feel like engaging in a classic bookish chat, then feel free to jump on board The Classic Meme 2.0.

This is the 2020 reboot.

Our latest question for you to ponder is about your childhood:

Discuss the classics you read as a child.

Who introduced you to them?

Which ones were you favourites?

Do you still reread them as an adult? Why? Why Not?

As always, we are very relaxed about how you interpret the question.

The idea is to have fun, talk classics and get a little social.

We welcome any suggestions for future discussion topics in the comments below.


16 thoughts on “The Classic Meme 2.0

  1. Brilliant idea. Took me on a trip down memory lane. My very first book was “Heidi, such a popular book at the time.

    Whilst not all of the books I read back then have been translated into English (and not much has changed since then), I am sure there are some quite interesting books there for everyone who wants something new/different. Look here.


  2. As a child, I loved Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter- it is time to reread those books. It isn’t just classics I love- I also love fantasy

    One of my favorite classics wasn’t read as a child, but was watched instead- The George C. Scott “A Christmas Carol”. That became a family tradition to watch over the Holidays.

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  3. To be honest, I don’t remember many. Little Women, I know I read, but I really don’t know what else. I know I didn’t read the classic children’s books like C.S. Lewis, but with a few exceptions of books that no one has ever heard of (such as The Little Lame Prince, The Rider and His Horse, and The voice of liberty: The story of Emma Lazarus).

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          1. HA! This was one of the books I was “forced” to read over the summer because my teachers called me a “lazy reader”. That wasn’t true. I loved reading, but my dyslexia made me a slow reader, but back then, they didn’t think “smart” kids could have dyslexia (and this was a school that housed a special, experimental program to teach dyslexic kids to read, that took kids from across the city)! What they didn’t know in the 1960s, right?


  4. I read a bowdlerised version of Charles Kingsley’s The Water-Babies as a kid and its weird mix of fairytale, quirkiness, humour, compassionate morality and quest somehow chimed. I read and reread it regularly as an adult just to remind me what I got out of this flawed masterpiece as a kid six decades ago.


  5. The first classic I remember was David Copperfield, which my parents gave me when I was maybe 9 or 10. I loved it and I have read it many times since then. Another classic I got as a gift was The Secret Garden, probably also from my parents. I haven’t read that as many times, but I have read it in the last few years and think it’s a very good book for both kids and adults.

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  6. As a child the books weren’t classics—they were simply a good book. Later they became classics and it’s fun to realize we read them when they first came out. A Wrinkle in Time stands out in that way for me. I was in fifth grade and checked it out from the school library. It was a book like no other. The characters were so engaging and the idea of traveling through time and space was boggling. Meg was certainly no perfect heroine, either. Last year I read it, not knowing it was part of a series. The book still holds my attention and I will no doubt reread it again some day.

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