What is Going on at the Classics Club This Summer?

Summer is often a time for many of us to try something new, to take on a new challenge. Perhaps you would like to do that. What are some of the challenges you might like to join? Here are a few that are, or might be, taking place.

Beginning in June 2021

Kay at What Me Read is offering a new challenge beginning in June. She will be reading Angela Thirkell’s Barsetshire series in order, and she invites you to join her. For more information, take a look at her post here.

Summer 2021

Cathy at 746 Books is hosting her 20 Books of Summer Challenge. Cathy writes:

One summer.

Three months.

93 Days.

20 books.

Are you in?

The challenge runs from June through August. Don’t forget there are options to read 10 or 15 books instead of the full twenty, and it’s good to share your progress using the hashtag #20booksofsummer21. Add your link to sign up here.

Lory at Entering the Enchanted Castle is running a new meme, Summer in Other Languages, which with its three levels of commitment encourages bloggers to read works in foreign languages other than English or at least in translation. To find out more, take a look at Lory’s post here.

Sue Jackson of Book By Book will kick off the 11th year of the Big Book Summer Reading Challenge on Friday, May 28. The challenge culminates in a Big Book Giveaway. Sue encourages you to get your stack of big books ready.

July 2021

Some of us spend all year eagerly anticipating Paris in July, hosted in the past by Tamara of Thyme-for-Tea. There’s been no announcement about this event yet.

Other than the summer events, there are also several events scheduled for the entire year. Maybe you wanted to join in but haven’t yet. It’s not too late.

2021 (All Year)


For the eighth year, Karen at Books and Chocolate is hosting the Back to the Classics Challenge, a year-long challenge in which participants are encouraged to finally read the classics they’ve always meant to read — or just recently discovered. At the end of the year, one lucky winner will receive a prize $30 (US) in books from the bookstore of their choice. Take a look at Karen’s sign-up post on Books and Chocolate for more details about the challenge.

The aim of the 2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge is to encourage you to make nonfiction part of your reading experience during the year. The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st 2021. Participants may join at any time up until December 1st 2021. Create a blog post committing to your participation in this challenge, and link up with host Shelley at Book’d Out.

Gather Together and Read will be hosting a 1000 Books to Read Before You Die Project: French Classics 2021. The first half of the year will feature The Count of Monte Cristo and the end of the year will feature Les Miserables. For more information, take a look here.

If you’re a Classics Clubber and you would like to sharing information about a classics event, fill in the contact form here.  Please let us know the start and end date for the event, some details, and a link to the home site.  It’s fine to do this whether you’re the host of the event or simply want to share one you’ve discovered, as long as you’re a clubber.  (Also check out any events our members on Twitter may have tweeted about at hashtag #cceventsched.) 🙂 – The Club


10 thoughts on “What is Going on at the Classics Club This Summer?

  1. Interesting challenges, but I have no time to join more than I am already enrolled in. The French classics sounds interesting. I might look for a few books there for Paris in July.


  2. I’m probably going to be reading a lot of history and biography because I’ve been in the mood and because summer allows me to be a little more focused on my reading. I really was thinking about reading Paradise Lost this summer, too, but I’ve been saying that every summer for a half-decade or more. 😀


  3. Hi everyone! If any of you are on Goodreads, I created a list there to sort of track the top books we’ve read so far as a club. Obviously it only works if you’re a member of Goodreads, but I think a lot of us are. Anyhow, it will show the favorites so far, of those of us on Goodreads, who have put in the five minutes to vote. Yeah, it’s not scientific. But IT IS FUN. 😎

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  4. Brilliant idea. But since I already joined quite a few challenges this year (Classics Challenge 2021 in addition to the ordinary Classics Club, Helmet Reading Challenge 2021, Xanadu Reading Challenge 2021, and The World Reading Challenge 2021), I am reluctant to add another one.

    I might even be able to fill in a few of the challenges from this list without having to add more books to read, LOL. I’m especially interested in the “Summer in Other Languages” since I read a lot of non-English-original books. But, as I said, too much going on right now.

    But I truly enjoyed your presentation. Thanks.


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