Friday, December 9, 2016

The Classic-Book-A-Month Club

"Gee, does Jean really need another classics-themed book project?"  I hear you say, especially if you're my mom (hi Mom!).  The answer seems to be yes, I do!  Adam at Roof Beam Reader has an intriguing little project/theme/club thing starting.  Head on over there to see the whole thing, but here's the gist of it:


...I am determined to revisit some of my favorite pieces of classic literature; those works which I love and have called “favorite” at sometime or other, but which I’ve only read once. But, I also want to continue to read new-to-me material. So, I came up with a plan for myself to read 12 books in 2017, 6 of which will be re-reads and 6 of which will be new to me. To make this even more fun, I thought I would invite anyone and everyone to join me, either for the entire year or for the books which you’re most interested in reading (or re-reading) along with me. 

There are no obligations to stick with this for all 12 months. Come and go as you please. 
My plan at the moment is:
  1. Post an announcement with the #CBAM2017 reading list (below).
  2. Ask those who would like to join me for all/part of this book club to share about it on their blog/site and post a link to the Mister Linky widget below. (spread the word!)
  3. Have an introductory post around the 1st of each month, describing the book and a reading pace (for myself – you can use it or not!) 
  4. Post a check-in each month, around the 15th, to see how people are doing, generate a Q & A, etc. 
  5. Post a wrap-up/review at the end of the month, when I finish the book, and open up the comments for discussion, just like an in-person book club. There might even be wine and chocolates! (on this end at least)
See, that sounds pretty fun, right?  So now I just need to come up with a list....
  • January: Twelfth Night, by Shakespeare
  • February: Steppenwolf, by Hermann Hesse
  • March: Caleb Williams, by William Godwin
  • April: Treasure of the City of Ladies, by Christine de Pisan
  • May: Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • June: The Towers of Trebizond, by Rose Macaulay
  • July: A Jane Austen novel of my choice
  • August: Down and Out in Paris and London, by George Orwell
  • September: Homeric Hymns
  • October: The Man in the Iron Mask, by Alexandre Dumas
  • November: Whatever I feel like rereading in November!
  • December: Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
The odd months are re-reads, the evens are new to me.  They're just about all from the Classics Club list I'm working on for after I finish this one (so close!  sooooo close!).  And this officially the LAST 2017 challenge/project I'm signing up for!

6 comments:

cleopatra said...

I think that I'm going to do this challenge too, now I just have to make up my list, or at least part of it. Yikes! :-Z

Nancy Leek said...

So how many of these reading challenges have you signed up for anyway? ---Mom

Jean said...

Only five! Plus the Classics Club. That's not that many. And some of them kind of overlap.

Brona Joy said...

Always delighted to see an Aussie on a classics list :-)

Jillian said...

Oh! I didn't understand we were supposed to make our own list! Ha ha! I thought Adam was inviting us to read the titles he chose with him. :)

Jean said...

Well, you could do that too! But I don't feel like re-reading some of those. :)