Classics Club

From the Classics Club website:
"The Classics Club is a club created to 
inspire people to read and blog about classic books. 
There's no time limit to join and you're most welcome, 
as long as you're willing to sign up to read and write 
on your blog about 50+ classic books in at most five years. 
The perk is that not only will you have read 50+ incredible 
(or at the very least thought-provoking) works in five years, you'll get to do it along with all of the people. 
Join us! We're very friendly!"

They really are friendly...and funny!

Women's Classic Literature Event was announced by The Classic Club for October 2015 through all of 2016! 
My post for the Check-In #1 on January 3, 2016!
Check it out on Twitter--#ccwomenclassics 
Elizabeth Gaskell, Jane Austen, Zora Neale Hurson, George Eliot, Rose Wilder Lane, Louisa May Alcott, & Virginia Woolf.
Join Bex of An Armchair by the Sea and me for a Little House Read-Along 
throughout 2016 to celebrate this project! 
You'll complete 9 books that qualify for this event during the first 9 months of 2016! That's doable! Check it out on Twitter--#littlehouseRAL

Books I have read and reviewed that count for this event:
West With the Night by Beryl Markham (August 2016)
These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (September 2016)
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (July 2016)
Long Winter, The by Laura Ingalls Wilder (June 2016)
On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (June 2016)
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder (May 2016)
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King (May 2016) 
          **I consider this to be a classic 
Five on a Treasured Island by Enid Blyton (April 2016)
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (April 2016)
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (March 2016)
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (March 2016-blog post under construction)
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (March 2016)
My Son's Story by Nadine Gordimer (March 2016)
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (February 2016)
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (January 2016)
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively (December 2015) 
The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan (December 2015)












Here is my listing of 50+ (actually, well over 100) classical literary works to be read by September 1, 2020. Do I expect to complete that challenge in a timely manner? Probably not, but then I'll just continue on! (#ccbookreviews on Twitter)


They host reading challenges called Classic Spins and I love this idea! 
You list 20 classic books, then they list a spin number (1-20) and you must read 
and review the book corresponding to the number spun within the time limit. 
Although I have been unable to always meet the deadline(s), it does motivate me to move classics into my reading rotation much more than I have done in the past. 
And that was my goal! #ccbookreviews

Other classics read and reviewed:

I am still completing the Gone With the Wind Read-Along I began months ago!
Slaughterhouse Five or The Children's Crusade by Kurt Vonnegut
House of Flowers by Truman Capote (short story)
Emil and the Detectives by Erich K√§stner 
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
Laughing Boy: A Navajo Love Story by Oliver La Farge (February 2016)
Red House Mystery, The by A.A. Milne (October 2015)
Please Don't Eat the Daisies by Jean Kerr (September 2015) There was a Green Gables Read-Along!
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (January 2015)
Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (February 2015)
Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery (March 2015)
Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery (April 2015)
Ann'e's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery (May 2015)
Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery (June 2015)
Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomey (July 2015)
Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery (August 2015)
My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (January 2015)
Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era by Sterling North (December 2014)




Original book list posting on Monday, August 24. It is always so much fun to see what number is selected and what is next on the classics TBR pile! Review to be posted by October 23, 2015! 

Original book list posting on Tuesday, March 31,  with 20 books listed. The lucky spin number is 2! The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein! Oh, boy...over 900 pages! Lots of repetition? Yikes! 
May 24, 2015: Reading this book has been severely delayed! Barely started it and haven't been able to read much at all these past 3 weeks, but that's okay, I'll get back to it as soon as I can!
May 31, 2015: Should be able to put a dent in this one over the next two weeks! 
August 24, 2015: I would say it's hopeless that I'll ever get this finished, but I am indefatigable if nothing else. I will persevere...eventually! :)

Original book list posting on Monday, November 10,  with 20 books listed.
And the "unlucky" number 13 is spun! I will be reading Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin! Yay!!

I loved this book! And I am now caught up with the Classics Club spins! So there, Doris Lessing!! :)~~

Original book list posting on Wednesday, November 5,  with 20 books listed.
Since I am so outrageously behind (though never beaten!), I know the spin # is 17. I will be reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Although this review was to have been posted by October 6, so I'm about 30 days behind...not too bad!! ;) And, wow, in rereading my initial paragraph above...I really did think one classic every 2 months was doable!! Ah, well, it will be so again... 

And finally, here it is, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Honestly, one of the very best books ever published, in my opinion! 

Original book list posting on Sunday, May 11,  with 20 books listed.
And the number is...1!  And I started reading The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing right on time, but have since abandoned it...though my intention is to complete it and post a review...in the future...sometime...soon? ;) It is proving to be quite the challenge for me to keep reading it.

And months later...finally...a REVIEW!! Reading task completed!! YAY!!!

Original book list posting on Sunday, February 9, with 20 books listed.

See which classic I will be reading next!

And finally, the review of The Stranger by Albert Camus. Although the posting was 75% complete by April 2nd, was unable to compete and post until April 4th. :( But it is finally posted! 

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