The Classics Club | 10 Year Celebration Questionnaire

One of the best things I have experienced through the Classics Club is that it helped me organize my reading-lists!-as well as gave me a start and finish line. It has been so nice, not only to see how much reading I have accomplished, but the variety, too. I am on my second list and though this year’s medical issues have put a crimp in my writing ability, I am still an enthusiastic reader. Thanks to all past and present moderators for all your hard work. You have definitely made a difference in the world of books and readers!

Here are my answers to the celebration questionnaire.

1. When did you join the Classics Club?
I joined the month I started blogging-September 2015.

2. What is the best classic book you’ve read for the club so far? Why?
It is impossible for me to list only one, but I will say The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton set me on a path to read everything she has written.

3. What is the first classic you ever read?
It would have been the Little House series, I’m not sure which I read first. And I’m not sure I knew what a classic was!

4. Which classic book inspired you the most?
I can remember reading Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter in high school. I remember discussing the issues of children born “out of wedlock” and whether the shunning of Hester Prynne was right. This book, and probably the teacher, helped develop my interest in classic literature as well as history.

5. What is the most challenging one you’ve ever read, or tried to read?
Pride and Prejudice. I am not kidding. It’s challenging because I feel like as a classics reader I must read it, but after two tries and dnfing it I still haven’t finished it. Can I call myself a classics lover if I can’t finish Pride and Prejudice?!!

6. Favourite movie adaptation of a classic? Least favorite?
Favorite: Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson as Eleanor. Least favorite: Any of the Anne of Green Gables adaptations.

7. Which classic character most reminds you of yourself?
Stephen in Radclyffe Hall’s, The Well of Loneliness.

8. Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving? Respecting? Appreciating?
For the longest time I resisted anything by HP Lovecraft, but when I read The Case of Charles Dexter Ward I was hooked on him!

9. Classic/s you are DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
I’d like to read more of Edith Wharton and Charles Dickens

10. Favorite memory with a classic and/or your favourite memory with The Classics Club?
I absolutely loved the reading experience of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters. It was a slow read and I really took a lot of time with it. Molly Gibson is one of my very favorite characters.

Congratulations to the Classics Club on this 10-year milestone!

14 thoughts on “The Classics Club | 10 Year Celebration Questionnaire

  1. I love that cover of Old New York. I’d like to read more Wharton, too. About P&P, the first time I read it, it tripped me up. Austen is a complex writer, and even after two rereads, I still have to be careful. But it does get easier and easier. I had to read Persuasion twice bc I hated it the first time (and mainly bc it was challenging). So to answer your question, “Of course you are a classics lover still.”

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    1. Wharton is amazing in the variety of stories she’s told. Summer is one of my favorite novellas. The House of Mirth, my favorite novel. Although The Custom of the Country has the funnest, most vile main character and is a hoot to read because she is so bad!

      I am reading Persuasion now and having trouble getting into it, but so many people like it as their favorite, so I will stick with it. So far it’s just the story giving me trouble not a character like PP 🙂


      1. Ah, I see. For me, I struggled w/ the language, but now I see Austen as a mathematician of language w/ a bit of poetry. The story is more mature of her other works, but the finality of the story is lovely.

        Thanks for sharing your opinion of Wharton’s other works bc I have not read The Custom of the country or Summer or Old New York, either. So many I need to get to.

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  2. Great answers and I agree with so many! Especially though Molly Gibson, I think we talked about our love for her at the time of reading, and I too want to read more by Edith Wharton, she’s one of my most treasured discoveries.

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  3. I read a lot of Lovecraft when I was in my early twenties but hardly at all since, and although I have some reservations I still admire why he achieved – not only do I have an annotated selection of his stories ready to dip into when the mood takes me but I use the WordPress free Lovecraft theme for my blog.

    And of course my surname is Lovegrove, so I couldn’t not, could I?! I remember being asked decades ago if H P Lovecraft was a sex manual for the Houses of Parliament…

    I’ve only read one Wharton, and that a rather melancholy novella; but I think I ought to complete my current Classics Club list before thinking of tackling anything else!

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  4. “Can I call myself a classics lover if I can’t finish Pride and Prejudice?!!” Yes, of course! No classic is for all tastes. And if you’re not in a school program with required reading, you’re not obliged to finish anything. Move on to the ones that inspire and excite you.

    I’ve been resisting Lovecraft, so I wonder if I tried him I’d get hooked as well? Just seems too dark and weird for me, but if you like him I have to reconsider.

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    1. HP Lovecraft is very dark and weird, and I’d add sometimes disturbing. However, he is also extremely imaginative in his storytelling. I come away from his novels feeling smarter due his use of history, philosophy, archaeology, esotericism and the arts. Although he can get a little wordy-he really needed an editor-I would recommend the novels, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward or At the Mountains of Madness.


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