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The Classics Club – October Meme

on October 3, 2012

Back in March of this year I joined The Classics Club, something that encouraged people to nominate a set number of classics to read over a set number of years. I chose 50 novels in 5 years, aiming to finish around March 2017. Currently I’ve read 3 (nearly completed my 4th) so I am a little behind but I’ve got a little plan to catch myself up.

Every month The Classics Club has a fun meme where you answer a question and I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and answer this month’s question, which is:

Why Are You Reading The Classics?

Interesting question! I’m sure the reasons are many and varied but for me it’s simply because I haven’t read very many at all in my life. I’ve been an avid reader since I was probably 5 or 6 and first learned to read a book alone. However, I have habitually avoided classics because the few I’ve had to read in my past for high school, I really did not enjoy with the exception of To Kill A Mockingbird.

However I’m older now and my reading tastes have changed a lot in the last five years and in particular in the last 2.5 years since I began this blogging journey. I found myself more and more curious about the classics and had begun to buy some even before I first saw a post about The Classics Club, trying to choose ones that I thought would interest me and a couple that I thought might surprise me. I had a huge amount of fun researching titles and putting together my list of 50 books and I’ve had even more fun hunting down some of those titles that I didn’t own when I started. I’ve bought some lovely editions of some and I’m still looking, trying to find each choice on my list.

I don’t know whether or not I will complete my goal of 50 classics in 5 years, it’s hard to say with any certainty. But whether I do or not, I know that I’ll have tried a lot of new novels, things that I wouldn’t have even looked twice at several years ago and I’m sure I’ll find books that I will absolutely love.  But more than that I’ll have just had a go, tried to expand my reading horizons and enjoyed doing it.


7 responses to “The Classics Club – October Meme

  1. I would like to be a classic reader and my mother has encouraged me to read some but I find them quite dry if I did I think I would go for modern classics as readability counts

  2. mrsrooster says:

    I am trying to open my reading horizions. Plus build a list of classics for my daughter. It will be a great thing to have conversations about books. I am sure that it will lead to easier conversations in other areas as she gets older.

    Have a wonderful day.

  3. One thign is for sure; it’s going to be fun and a learning experience reading most it not all of the various lists we’ve put together. 🙂

  4. Fanda says:

    To Kill A Mockingbird has been my first classics, before that my readings are mostly mystery & thriller (Agatha Christie is my favorite). But after TKAM, I begin to love classics.

  5. Tony says:

    Keep going 😉

  6. bzee says:

    No matter how many classics we’ve read, it’s about the reading experiences, imho. Happy reading classics 🙂

  7. Rachel says:

    Even the process of putting together a list is an accomplishment, since you probably learned a lot! I read classics naturally, so the list was difficult for me because I don’t want to limit my reading to a particular 50 books. THAT was challenging to me. But I’m cheating and changing my list around as I progress. 😉

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