When the Classics Club originally asked this question in August 2012, I waffled on a bit about my love for all things Jane Austen, but eventually I came to the conclusion that my favourite classic of all time was Persuasion by Jane Austen.Eight years later, it is hard to top this.Persuasion is a story that bears … Continue reading My Favourite & Best Classics
Originally published on the 28th August 2012, this post about classic books has been revised and updated for the latest Classics Club discussion on this topic. I've been mulling over 'What is a classic?' ever since I spotted The Classics Club blog for the first time a couple of months ago. I've put off compiling … Continue reading What is a Classic?
Over the years I have participated in many of the Classics Club events, including the monthly meme. The Club has decided to revisit some of the memes to allow newer members to have their say and for older ones to contemplate the classics journey they've been on over the past 6 years or so.In May … Continue reading Classic Club Memes Are Back!
It's been a while since I participated in a Classics Club meme question. Mostly because I answered them first time around but also a little bit due to the fact that my life is busier now than last time around.However, I have a lovely lazy quiet weekend ahead of me and I've been tempted into … Continue reading Classics Club February Meme
The Classics Club hosts a monthly meme question.This month the question comes from Dale and is "What is your favourite classic period and why?"It's hard for me to pin down a favourite period as I've been known to become obsessed about quite a few literary periods over the years!I've had Russian obsessions, flings with the … Continue reading What Is Your Favourite Classic Period
My Classics Club spin #4 is The Brothers Karamazov. I have the Constance Garnett translation on my epad and a Penguin Classic book with David McDuff's translation. The matter of translation seems to have stalled my start. The Brothers K is such a chunkster, I don't want to read the 'wrong' translation after all! When … Continue reading Lost in Translations
In your status line, list author and title of ten books that have "stayed with you." Don't think too much or spend too much time. Tag ten friends including me so I can see your list. This little book list challenge is doing the rounds on facebook with my friends. When I first saw it, … Continue reading The Classics Club December Meme
Life has been a little crazy recently and I've just realised that I missed answering the Classics Club October meme...We want you to mingle. Go to our member list and select a fellow classics clubber you’d like to feature on your blog. This can be someone who is active within the Classics Club, someone quiet who inspires with his/her … Continue reading 2-in-1 Classics Club Meme…because I can!
I'm a little excited.This month over at The Classics Club they have selected my question for the September meme."Rereading a favourite classic at different stages of your life gives you different insights with each reading. Is there one classic you’ve read several times that also tells a story about you?"I've reread books all my life. As … Continue reading Classics Club September Meme
Except for my new-found love affair with Their Eyes Were Watching God, I haven't been focused on classics at all the past couple of months.But I see a few clever clubbers have combined the April and May memes in one post. Great idea!It's a chilly, overcast autumnal evening here, I'm trying hard not to develop a … Continue reading Classics Club Catch-up
When I first read this month's meme question for the Classics Club I felt that it was almost too obvious to bother to answer."Do you love Jane Austen or want to “dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone”? (Phrase borrowed from Mark Twain).Why? (for either answer)?Favourite and/or least favourite Austen … Continue reading Jane Austen
I have to say that today has been a thoroughly enjoyable day.A day completely devoted to books and reading. Not as much reading as I would have liked, but I spent a lot of time thinking about reading!It has been a long time since I spent a whole day reading and curiously I found it … Continue reading Readathon ends…
I finally settled on 2 books for the Classics Club Readathon - The Beautiful and Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald (1 because I love the cover and (2) because I recently finished Hemingway's A Moveable Feast and the chapters on Fitzgerald were the most fascinating). - A Good School by Richard Yates (because it was … Continue reading Readathon begins….
I'm not sure what I'm letting myself in for but I've just signed up for my first readathon!It's with the Classics Club which may go some of the way to explaining why (I love this group and how it has inspired me to read more classics).The timing is also right for me. It's not only … Continue reading My First Ever Readathon
No time to read the classics?Overwhelmed by all those pages?Ye olde style language too much?Then take a peek at Bader's haiku...100 classics converted into haiku. A cheat-sheet with rhythm!Pride and PrejudiceSingle white lass seekslanded gent for marriage, whist.No parsons, thank you. Bleak House Fog, gloom, men in wigs -the Chancery Court blights all.See where law school leads? Little … Continue reading One Hundred Great Books in Haiku by David Bader