It’s my one year anniversary of joining the Classics Club! If you see that widget over on the right hand side of the page, you’ll notice that I’ve accepted the challenge of reading 50 classic novels in 5 years (August 26, 2017), and one of those years has now passed. So today I’m reflecting on the progress I’ve made toward this goal and what being part of the Classics Club means to me.
I decided to join the CC because I’d seen fellow bloggers signing up and it sounded like fun, but also because I sometimes need a little motivation to read the classics on my own. I studied literature at university and even taught it for several years after, but I don’t necessarily turn to the classics as my first choice in reading for pleasure. However, I do feel like classics are considered as such for a reason, and although my definition of a classic may be a bit broader than for some (not just books by dead white guys), these are books that I knew I would get something out of reading–whether I loved them, hated them, or fell somewhere in between.
So, over the past year I have:
- read 5 out of the 50 books on my list, or 10%
- not always read the books I thought I would
- not always enjoyed the books I thought I would (and vice-versa)
- participated in Classics Club events, including memes, the CC Spin, and a sync read of a book which I still haven’t finished *ahem*
- made a lot of new friends
- added a lot of additional classic books to my TBR list
All in all, it has been a great experience, and although I’ve not made as much progress as I’d hoped, for some reason that is no longer the most important thing. My goal is not just to be able to check off 50 classic books read, but to gain an appreciation for the classics, to have fun, and to maybe learn something along the way, and in that light I think I’m doing okay. I’m definitely looking forward to the four years to come.
P. S. Classics Club moderators and fellow members–you guys are the best. Thanks for letting me hang out and talk books with you.