August Events Around the Blogosphere

It’s August here at The Classics Club, and you might be wondering about events going on in the book world. Of course, we have our Classics Club Book Spin, but there are other activities we want to share with you going on around the blogosphere….


TBR Bust-A-Thon

The TBR BustAThon is a seven-day readathon that occurs every two months. The goal is to read books on your TBR, so books you have already read do not count. Books you already started but have not finished yet only count if you are LESS than halfway through. There will be seven reading challenges and reading sprints hosted on the TBR Bust-A-Thon twitter account. The challenges can be doubled up but not tripled meaning you may use one book for two challenges. Round 3 will be held August 6 through 12.

Break Your TBR ApartThe second round of the BreakYourTBRApart Readathon will be held August 10 through 16. The seven challenges for the readathon are posted on the group twitter site.



Spanish and Portuguese Summer Reading

For the fifth year, Caravana de Recuerdos and Winstonsdad’s Blog will be hosting Spanish and Portuguese Lit Months during July and August. The invitation to the shindig is open to all, and participation is as easy as reading one or more works originally written in Spanish or Portuguese and letting Richard or Stu know about your July and August reviews by the end of the latter month.  As in previous years, Basque, Catalan, and Galician works will also count for participation purposes as Spanish and Portuguese “friendlies,” and those of you who don’t blog about books but still want to talk about them are naturally encouraged to join in on the discussion fun on participating blogs, on Twitter (with the rather unwieldy Twitter hashtag: #Spanishandportugueselitmonths), or wherever you care to indulge in your book talk. Take a look at this post for more information and to join in.


austen in augustAusten in August is a celebration of all things Jane Austen, featuring reviews, discussions, vlogs, giveaways, interviews and more. This event runs all of the month of August. Faith Hope and Cherrytea has also created an Austen in August Instagram challenge for the month of August.  To find out more about the Austen in August Instagram challenge, visit Faith Hope and Cherrytea. To find out more about Austen in August, visit The Book Rat.


bout of books

Bout of Books 23 will be held August 20-26, 2018. Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, usually from 12:01am on a Monday through 11:59pm on a Sunday in whatever time zone you are in. It is low pressure, meaning participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any given week. There is no competition between readers. How much time a reader wants, and can commit, to read, tweet, or network with fellow bloggers is left to individual preference. All challenges and giveaways are optional. Networking with fellow bloggers is actively encouraged, though never required. Use Twitter to post updates throughout the read-a-thon. Everyone will be tweeting with the #boutofbooks hashtag. Sign up at Bout of Books.


If you’re a Classics Clubber, please leave details about classic book blogger events you’d like to share with the group in the comments below. 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. If you want to be notified of new events, subscribe to the comments below. (Also check out any events our members on Twitter may have tweeted about at hashtag #cceventsched.)

🙂 – The Club



End of An Era: Call for Moderators!

Screen Shot 2018-06-24 at 7.52.02 PM.pngHello, Clubbers!

After six incredible years, your Classics Club moderators (Adam, Allie, Melissa, and Sarah) are ready to move on to other projects and are in need of a new, passionate, motivated crew of moderators to take over The Classics Club for the next generation.

Are you one of these select few?

What you need to know: The Classics Club is a large community. We have the blog here, of course, but also a Goodreads page, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account. We also have a busy e-mail (Gmail) account to keep up with. Ideally, or so far as we discovered, what works best is to have a group of folks who can work on different elements of the blog: each person responsible for a specific monthly feature post, for example; a person who updates the book list; a person who reviews membership requests and updates those accordingly; a person engaged in event outreach and updating that page accordingly, etc.) Then, aside from blog duties, it seemed smart (for us) to have one person manage the Twitter, one manage Facebook, one manage Goodreads, and one manage e-mail. As such, we are actively seeking four new moderators, as this seems the ideal number. It allows for a good division of work without being too large a group (which is important when it comes to things that need consensus).

There is always a lot going on, so time management and an ability to communicate with your fellow moderators, and stick to your assigned tasks/schedules, is probably going to be crucial to success. That said, it will be your Club to moderate, moving forward. The four of us plan to stay members, and Adam of Roof Beam Reader will stay on board for a few weeks to help transition, but then, it is all up to you!

So, what do you think? Do you have the time, energy, and enthusiasm to become a Classics Club Moderator? Have you been waiting for your chance to do more with this club? If so, please fill out this form. (Applications are now closed.) Over the next couple of weeks, we will be reviewing the responses to select four people who seem compatible, whose work schedules seem to make sense, and whose interests seem complementary. We will be in touch with the selected parties to confirm their interest and get them on board. When your new moderators are comfortable, they will be given access to all elements of the Club and an announcement will be made to all that the “Classics Club Next Generation” is live!

Thank you, sincerely and from the bottom of our hearts, to each and every one of you. We have absolutely adored being your founders and moderators these last six years. We send a special thank you to Jillian and Heather, who were there to start it all, and to those of you who, even having “won” your challenge, stuck around for more and are now on your SECOND lists. You’re all beautiful. Happy reading, now and ever!

-Adam, Allie, Melissa, and Sarah.

Group Check-In #28: February 2018

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Hi Clubbers! How’s the reading going?

Tell us about your project — or you! Introduce yourself. Chat. Are you new here? A veteran?

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, say 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.

Question for the Club: What constitutes a classic?

Hi all,

I was just checking our recent comments (which come to us via email) and I saw one with a question that I’d like to put to the group:

What constitutes a Classic?

There are countless articles and essays that attempt to answer this question, but I don’t believe there exists a definitive answer.  Is it age?  Is it related to awards or honors?  Is it purely decided in the heart of its reader?

It seems that we had made an attempt to answer this question at some point in time.  However, our link is now broken and I can’t find the post!  So, let’s start a new one!  Tell us, how would you answer that question?