Time to Get Serious

Seriously, I must focus on my CLASSICS CLUB LIST!

Basically, if you do not know about the Classics Club 50, it is a challenge to read 50 books over 5 years. You can even decide your own definition of ‘classic’ (if I remember correctly; you can verify it at the official website here.) I decided any book over 25 years old was a classic.

You are also allowed to swap books off/on your original list – as long as you read 50 books in 5 years within your category of classic, you win! And by winning, I mean that you get the pride of accomplishment. A friend or two might give you an applause tweet — that would be lovely. It’s fun!

Reading is fun!! (My brother reading to me…)

I wanted to join because they have a fun activity a few times each year called THE SPIN. The Club Committee will post to announce THE SPIN, tell you to get a short sublist of only 20 books you still have to read, and later announce a number between 1-20. You have to read that numbered book from your list! I think you get 6 weeks or so to read it, so the challenge is really to be on the ball not to miss the announcement AND the spin number AND the deadline. Please let me know if you see the next one – I do NOT want to miss it this year…

My original list is —> here <—.  I have 29 books from my original list to read yet.

Don’t fret! Good news!! I have read 37 books over 25 years old in the last 3 years so that means I only have 13 books remaining. I hope to choose these from my original list, but who knows what will happen. And since this is my 4th year, I have 24 months to do so. Woo hoo

Here are the books I read last year that counted towards my 50 overall:

The Summer of My German Soldier (1973) by Bette Greene – Apr17
The Sweet Hereafter (1991) by Russell Banks – Jul17
The Grand Sophy (1950) by Geogette Heyer – Aug17
Waiting for Godot (1952) by Samuel Beckett – Sep17
Angle of Repose  (1971) by Wallace Stegner – Oct17

The books I read that were on my list were:

Orlando (1928) by Virginia Woolf – May
The Hunter (1960) by Richard Stark – April

And so far in 2018, I’m enjoying Stoner (1965) by John Williams and have a few from the list I’m committing to for the What’s in a Name Challenge: The Oxbow Incident, The Dud Avocado, and The House of the Seven Gables.

Ok, that’s my update. Til next time, keep reading and look for pie on every menu and in every book. Don’t forget to let me know if you find a great pie scene in your literature adventure.

Have you read any of these books I listed? What classic book are YOU reading now?







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30 thoughts on “Time to Get Serious

  1. The Classics Club looks so fun every time I see one of my blogger friends post about it. I just can’t commit to it yet, but it sure is tempting. Right now I’m reading a Classic – Nella Larsen’s Passing. So far it’s terrific.
    I have read Angle of Repose and I loved it. Crossing to Safety is still on my TBR.

  2. I may need to rethink my list – I like the idea of calling anything over 25 years old a classic. That makes for books that are much more readable that, say, Sophocles!

  3. You need to read and then there were none next it’s my all time favourite agatha christie. I’ve read waiting for godot too, how did you find it? I loved it but I think it’s lost on a lot of people?

    1. Yes! I read that one in 2016 (the Agatha) and enjoyed it very much and you remind me to find the film next.

      I thought the Godot was fascinating but definitely odd. I think it would be a great one to see live on stage but my husband would be baffled, I’m sure. I googled a lot of things while reading – wondering if I could find more insight and because of finding out that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have done this together, I enjoyed it even more picturing them, hearing their voices in my head.

      1. Recently there was a fantastic mini series made of and then there were none. See if you can find that it was the most true to book adaptation I’ve seen so far.

        1. I wonder if I saw a review of that somewhere. Thanks again – by the way, your Gravatar does not provide information on how to find your blog. Do you still blog? 🙂

        2. I’m super new I’ve only got two posts I’m not sure how to make it provide info lol 😂

  4. As far as I can tell, the spins happen quarterly. They’re a lot of fun, but I haven’t participated in a while. Just finished Phineas Redux (Palliser #4) by Anthony Trollope and plan to join in a readalong of The Portrait of a Lady next month.

  5. Oh man. The Summer of My German Soldier. I was OBSESSED with that book when I first read it as a tween. The sequel wasn’t as good, IMO, but I may have been slightly biased as I thought that book was perfection back then. I am fairly sure it wouldn’t hold up under a re-read all these decades later, but it definitely brings back some good memories.

  6. Only 13 books left to go! I’m amazed! You are such an impressive genius! And I wish you the best of luck with The Dud Avocado — it wasn’t my particular cup of tea, but maybe you will have better luck with it.

  7. I’ve read The Summer of My German Soldier, but not as an adult, and Waiting for Godot. Good luck with Classics Club! I happen to have a classic to read for book club in February, but I haven’t started it yet, Our Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier. We’re going to watch the new movie, too.

  8. I’ve read:

    44. Rabbit, Run – Updike

    43. Naked Lunch – Wm Burroughs

    42. Cry the Beloved Country – Alan Paton

    37. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie

    36. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

    28. Stranger in a Strange Land – Rob Heinlein

    27. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing

    25. The World According to Garp – Irving

    23. Twelve Years a Slave – Solomon Northup

    8. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

    6. The Dud Avocado – Elaine Dundy

    Also, Angle of Repose which was just so good.

  9. I’m so intrigued by Stoner! I’ll have to check it out one day. Right now my classics are The Princess Bride and Daphnis and Chloe. I’m hoping to pick up some Edith Wharton next, plus some Persephone books. Good luck with the challenge!

      1. I just finished Daphnis and Chloe on the weekend and was so surprised at how accessible it was for being written in the 2nd century. I hope you can find a copy!

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