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!