Hello my fellow bookworms and classic clubbers 👋 I can’t believe that the 1st August marked the ten year anniversary of the formation of The Classics Club! Now being on my second list of classics for the club, it means I have been taking part for most of those ten years too! 😲 As I was away on holiday during the announcement, today I am going to share with you my answers to the celebration questionnaire the club moderators released.
When did you join the Classics Club?
I thought I signed up to the club with my first list in March 2012, but that doesn’t add up with the club’s anniversary being in August?! I do know that I successfully completed my first list in March 2017 though. Then I took a year break and signed back up for my second list in February 2018.
What is the best classic book you’ve read for the club so far? Why?
Oh boy, it is so difficult to pick just one best classic book that I’ve read for the club in the nine years I have been taken part! However I am going to take the plunge and say it is probably The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (review), because it is full of all the things I love and the epic length of it made it feel like a real achievement when I finished.
What is the first classic you ever read?
I am taking this question means my all-time first classic I read, not just for the club. As I have been an avid reader since a very young age this is hard to know for certain, but I do know I have fond memories of reading Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien as a child.
Which classic book inspired you the most?
The classic book that has inspired me the most is A Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, which was also one of the monthly choices for my church’s book club. It is a surreal and insightful tale of a man going on a dangerous journey of faith.
What is the most challenging one you’ve ever read, or tried to read?
One of the most challenging classics I have ever read is The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the story and have since gone on to love Treasure Island, but I just remember finding it extremely difficult to follow and understand the broad Scottish dialect used in it.
Favourite movie adaptation of a classic? Least favourite?
My favourite film adaptation is easy that has to be Peter Jackson’s masterpiece The Lord of the Rings trilogy. As for my least favourite film adaptation that is pretty much impossible, because recently I found adaptations are decreasing in quality for me, as the creators seem more interested in their own interests and agendas rather than the authors. Hence why I am dreading and refusing to watch Amazon’s The Rings of Power.
Which classic character most reminds you of yourself?
I think I can definitely see elements that remind me of myself in Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, especially from when I was her age, if only I had grown up on Prince Edward Island and read these wonderful books when I was a child myself.
Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving? Respecting? Appreciating?
Pretty much all four of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels that I read for the club, because all of the American classics I read for school were pretty depressing, so I approached Fitzgerald with caution. I ended up enjoying The Great Gatsby but not the other three that much: the stories were all too grim, grinding and depressing for me as I suspected they would be. However I was able to appreciate how beautifully written they were and respect the social commentary they offered of their time.
Classic/s you are DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
As my 5 year deadline to complete my current list is in February 2023, I will have to answer this question for the coming months, not next year. Although there is now no chance of me completing my list on time, I definitely want to make Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery, The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas and The Moonstone or The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins happen before then.
Favourite memory with a classic and/or your favourite memory with The Classics Club?
My favourite memory with a classic has to be my dad reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien to me has a child as a bedtime story. What I didn’t realise until I read for myself at about seven-years-old was that he left out the scary bits like the giant spiders and the orc king getting his head chopped off, as he skipped over them so smoothly. When I asked him about it he said well I did want you to sleep!
Have you read any of the classics I mention? What are your favourite classics? Let me know in the comments below or please feel free to share your own answers for the questionnaire. I love to chat!