1. Share a link to your club list.
You can find my evolving list here.
2. When did you join The Classics Club? How many titles have you read for the club? (We are SO CHECKING UP ON YOU! Nah. We’re just asking.)
I joined the club April 15, 2012 and have read 26 classics since then.
3. What are you currently reading?
Christmas at High Rising by Angela Thirkell
4. What did you just finish reading and what did you think of it?
I just finished The Hotel by Elizabeth Bowen. It was well-written, but a little too slow for my taste.
5. What are you reading next? Why?
Up next is They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple for the Classics Club spin.
6. Best book you’ve read so far with the club, and why?
Do I really have to choose just one? Narrowing it down to three is the best I can do..
Stoner by John Williams
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki
7. Book you most anticipate (or, anticipated) on your club list?
Probably An American Tragedy... it had been on my shelf for 35 years!
8. Book on your club list you’ve been avoiding, if any? Why?
Crime and Punishment... quite possibly the Russians in general, and you probably know why!
9. First classic you ever read?
Black Beauty, I loved that book as a kid!
10. Toughest classic you ever read?
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (and famously failing my own readalong), but maybe this doesn't count because I never actually finished?
11. Classic that inspired you? or scared you? made you cry? made you angry?
Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
12. Longest classic you’ve read? Longest classic left on your club list?
The Count of Monte Cristo is probably the longest classics I've read, and The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope is the longest book left on my list.
13. Oldest classic you’ve read? Oldest classic left on your club list?
I have no idea what the oldest classic I've read might be, but think Emma by Jane Austen may be the oldest one on my list.
14. Favorite biography about a classic author you’ve read — or, the biography on a classic author you most want to read, if any?
The best author biography I've ever read is A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates by Blake Bailey.
15. Which classic do you think EVERYONE should read? Why?
I think many readers rebel when told they SHOULD read something, at least I did.
16. Favorite edition of a classic you own, if any?
I love my leather-bound Easton Press edition of Pride and Prejudice.
17. Favorite movie adaption of a classic?
Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy... no doubt about it :-)
18. Classic which hasn’t been adapted yet (that you know of) which you very much wish would be adapted to film.
There are far too many film adaptations I have yet to see, so I won't suggest more.
19. Least favorite classic? Why?
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.... so boring!
20. Name five authors you haven’t read yet whom you cannot wait to read.
Anthony Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Nancy Mitford, Thomas Mann, George Gissing
21. Which title by one of the five you’ve listed above most excites you and why?
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann... because Bellezza loved it.
22. Have you read a classic you disliked on first read that you tried again and respected, appreciated, or even ended up loving? (This could be with the club or before it.)
The Old Man and the Sea - I hated it in high school, then couldn't believe it was the same book when I read it a few years ago.
23. Which classic character can’t you get out of your head?
Tess from Tess of the d'Urbervilles
24. Which classic character most reminds you of yourself?
25. Which classic character do you most wish you could be like?
I'm okay where I am.
26. Which classic character reminds you of your best friend?
I have no idea.
27. If a sudden announcement was made that 500 more pages had been discovered after the original “THE END” on a classic title you read and loved, which title would you most want to keep reading? Or, would you avoid the augmented manuscript in favor of the original? Why?
I'd avoid it.
28. Favorite children’s classic?
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
29. Who recommended your first classic?
30. Whose advice do you always take when it comes to literature. (Recommends the right editions, suggests great titles, etc.)
my blogging friends :-)
31. Favorite memory with a classic?
my 4th grade teacher reading Charlotte's Web aloud to the class
32. Classic author you’ve read the most works by?
Maybe Jane Austen...
33. Classic author who has the most works on your club list?
34. Classic author you own the most books by?
35. Classic title(s) that didn’t make it to your club list that you wish you’d included? (Or, since many people edit their lists as they go, which titles have you added since initially posting your club list?)
My list is evolving, so I'm constantly adding titles.
36. If you could explore one author’s literary career from first publication to last — meaning you have never read this author and want to explore him or her by reading what s/he wrote in order of publication — who would you explore? Obviously this should be an author you haven’t yet read, since you can’t do this experiment on an author you’re already familiar with. :) Or, which author’s work you are familiar with might it have been fun to approach this way?
I wouldn't attempt this without already "knowing" the author, but it might be a good way to approach Henry James.
37. How many rereads are on your club list? If none, why? If some, which are you most looking forward to, or did you most enjoy?
I have five rereads on my list, but have not read any of the yet - Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Howards End by E.M. Forster, The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck, Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I'm most looking forward to The Winter of our Discontent.
38. Has there been a classic title you simply could not finish?
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
39. Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving?
40. Five things you’re looking forward to next year in classic literature?
- joining the readalong of The Forsyte Saga by John Galswothy
- future Classics Club spins
- beginning a project to read The Rougon-Marquart series by Emile Zola
- other Classics Club events and readalongs
- reading reviews by other club members
41. Classic you are DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell... must continue her Barsetshire series
42. Classic you are NOT GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
Can I put off the Russians for another year?
43. Favorite thing about being a member of the Classics Club?
The feeling of community, definitely!
44. List five fellow clubbers whose blogs you frequent. What makes you love their blogs?
45. Favorite post you’ve read by a fellow clubber?
o @ Behold the Stars wrote a wonderful post about Clarissa
46. If you’ve ever participated in a readalong on a classic, tell about the experience? If you’ve participated in more than one, what’s the very best experience? the best title you’ve completed? a fond memory? a good friend made?
Classics are always better with friends! I've participated in quite a few readalongs, but two that stand out in my mind are North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell and Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery.
47. If you could appeal for a readalong with others for any classic title, which title would you name? Why?
The Way We LiveNow by Anthony Trollope - because it's very long, and I think reading it with a group would be a lot of fun
48. How long have you been reading classic literature?
Forever, really. I loved classics as a child and that has continued through my adult life. I even owned a Classics group on Yahoo before blogging.
49. Share up to five posts you’ve written that tell a bit about your reading story. Reviews, journal entries, posts on novels you loved or didn’t love, lists, etc.
The Classics Club: Midpoint Report
Thoughts on Reading An American Tragedy
The Age of Innocence and a Perfect Day
Discovering Angela Thirkell
The Old Man and the Sea, Revisited
50. Question you wish was on this questionnaire? (Ask and answer it!)
I think you've covered just about everything ;-)