We've spoke here a lot about the idea of a classic. What makes a book a classic? We most recently revisited this topic in early April here, and we have also spoken to this question in 2018 here, and, if you take a look at the comments, you will quickly see that many of us … Continue reading Nonfiction Classics
It's a time of a pandemic. There are not a lot of events going on in the world this fall. The usual fall festivals and book fairs are postponed or have been placed online. (Take a look here for a list of online book festivals.) But there are some wonderful online book events that are … Continue reading What is Coming This Fall?
Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon was begun in 2007, and it has continued on, twice a year, in the spring and the fall (US seasons) every year since it was first created. Last year a new tradition was started, Dewey's 24-Hour Reverse Readathon. The Reverse Readathon was designed to be a laid-back readathon that would take place … Continue reading The Summer Reverse Readathon
Ida M. TarbellI haven't written many Classic Author Focus posts about nonfiction writers yet, but I thought it would be interesting to write about Ida Tarbell, who was a ground-breaking investigative journalist. She was the author of many muck-raking articles and books and is particularly famous for an exposé about the Standard Oil Company and … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Ida Tarbell
One of the (many) things I love about being a reader is attending huge book celebrations of one sort or another. Over the years, I've visited the Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago; BookExpo in Chicago and New York City; the Texas Library Association Conference in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston; the American Library … Continue reading Book Festivals
Having a goal, having a focus centers me, especially during difficult times. You may be different, and that's perfectly okay. But if you'd like some focus for your reading life during this summer, I encourage you to join me in a couple of summer reading challenges. Every summer for over ten years, the Book Whisperer, … Continue reading Summer Reading Challenges: #bookaday and #bigbooksummer and #20booksofsummer20
An idea: A personal canon of books. Ruth, at A Great Book Study, writes: Every avid reader has a particular and unique way of composing a personal canon. The list is characteristic of who you are. It says, "These are my books." What sorts of books are in one's personal canon? Again, from Ruth: Some of these … Continue reading Personal Canon of Books
From the 24in48 Readathon: And as more and more countries are implementing social distancing recommendations (if not actual quarantines), we decided it was time to find comfort in books and the community that loves them. Which brings us to the Social Distancing Readathon. Stay home. Wash your hands. Read books. March 21 & 22. It’s that simple. … Continue reading 24in48 Presents: The Social Distancing Readathon
Join Cathy at 746 Books to celebrate Irish writing during the month of March. Ireland Month, or The Begorrathon as it is affectionately called, will feature book reviews, poems, plays, songs, giveaways and much more. You might like to join in by reading an Irish classic. Or two. Or three. Here are some you might consider. … Continue reading The Begorrathon and Dewithon: A Month to Celebrate Irish and Welsh Writing
What challenges and events are planned for 2020? A lot, it turns out. Here are a few you may be interested in joining. All Year Nick at One Catholic Life has chosen one book for 2020 for his Chapter-a-Day Read-Along: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. If you would like to join in, … Continue reading Need Another Challenge? Another Bookish Event?
Hi Everyone, Welcome to another year of The Classics Club. The beginning of a new year is a great time to start fresh. Where are you in your Classics Club walk? How are you coming with your list? Have you gotten frustrated with your progress (or lack of progress)? Do you have books on your … Continue reading Welcome to a New Year of The Classics Club
Hello all and welcome to this month's update post! How are you guys doing with your Moby Dick readalong? How about the CCSpin? I can happily say that I actually finished my book The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Yay!! What are you all planning to read this month? Member Stats TOTAL MEMBERS: 416 NEW MEMBERS: … Continue reading Members Updates #14
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 … Continue reading Group Check-in #33: March 2019
What is this? Click to find out.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 … Continue reading Group Check-In #32: February 2019
Hello! How is your November so far? What are your Thanksgiving plans this year? Well, welcome to this month's member updates! Announcements End of the Year Member List Cleaning - In December, I will be moving inactive/expired lists to the member's archive. If your listed is dated to end in 2018 or if you have exclamation marks (‼️) … Continue reading Member Updates #2
Hello All! How's your reading coming? Today's post will be the first in a new series that will be published during the first half of each month. It will go over our member stats and any membership related announcements! Announcements Specifying New Members - I've had a lot of people ask me about finding new … Continue reading Membership Stats & Announcements