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:

What is your favourite seasonal/Christmas/holiday classic? Why?

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.


17 thoughts on “The Classic Meme 2.0

  1. I’m not really into seasonal reads, but I have a good memory of “The adventure of the Christmas pudding” by Agatha Christie which I read as a teenager (long time ago). It made me want to taste what a Christmas pudding was like and I found one at Mars & Spencer ! It wasn’t great, but kind of exotic to me. (And now I’m thinking about cooking one…) A more recent read was “A Christmas carol” by Dickens that I read last january. It was my first Dickens and I liked it a lot more than I anticipated.

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  2. Every year I register the intention to read a book themed with Christmas and every year I fall at the first hurdle, this year being no exception. I thought I’d read a compendium of short crime stories linked with the season, Murder at Christmas, but the first offering was just too trite and I abandoned the rest.

    I think I much prefer more chunky serious novels set around the winter season, such as the recently completed Melmoth by Sarah Perry, and Ursula Le Guin’s bleak Orsinian Tales which I’m currently reading for the third time.

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  3. When I was growing up my Dad liked to read A Child’s Christmas in Wales aloud to us at Christmas. He had been an announcer on radio and TV and had a wonderful voice. It isn’t the same to read it myself, but that book always reminds me of my Dad so it is a favorite.

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  4. My tradition for the Christmas season is to read a Dickens novel each year, starting just before Christmas and spreading it out till around Twelfth Night. That way I can be sure I’ll start and end each year with a great book! This year it’s The Old Curiosity Shop – the only one of the novels I haven’t read before. I also read, listen to or watch a version of A Christmas Carol each year – this year I think it’ll be Patrick Stewart’s audiobook version again – it’ so good!

    Merry Christmas, fellow Clubbers, even if it going to be a strange one this year! 🎅

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    1. Have you watched The Man Who Invented Christmas? It’s about Dickens’ inspiration for A Christmas Carol – fictionalized of course, but much of the back story is factual. I just watched it…highly recommend it.

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  5. I started a page on my blog for my holiday reading and just went back to it to see what I most enjoyed recently.

    Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb was definitely a fun, nostalgic holiday book – warm without too much treacle.

    A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote is another gem I only discovered a few years ago.

    And Fannie Flagg’s A Red Bird Christmas was fun and poignant.

    I reread A Christmas Carol this year, and thoroughly enjoyed The Man Who Invented Christmas, by Les Standifold.

    Here a link to be Christmas reading page:

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    1. A Christmas Carol is one I try to reread at least every other Christmas. I bought the annotated version and it’s probably twice as long as the original story! But great info. I have Fannie Flagg’s Red Bird Christmas but have never read it. I should do that! Truman Capote’s story looks like a good one too. I hope you enjoy your holiday classic reading, Jane!

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