I’ve just finished reading a very long book (Dominion by C J Sansom), and it will take me some time to write a review post, so I thought I’d answer some of the Classics Club survey questions in the meantime – there are 50 in total, but I’ve just answered 15.
1. Share a link to your club list.
2. When did you join The Classics Club? How many titles have you read for the club?
I joined in April 2013 and have read 9 books so far.
3. What are you currently reading?
For the Classics Club: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, (a re-read – I first read it in my teens) and White Fang by Jack London.
4. What did you just finish reading and what did you think of it?
For the Classics Club: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. For years I’d thought I’d read all of Jane Austen’s books, apart from Lady Susan/The Watsons/Sanditon, but then last year I realised I hadn’t read Mansfield Park. I really liked it.
5. What are you reading next? Why?
I’ll be starting The Call of the Wild by Jack London soon as it’s my Classics Spin book.
6. Best book you’ve read so far with the club, and why?
It’s so hard to decide on just one! To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a wonderful book, full of strong characters and exploring issues such as hypocrisy, prejudice and social injustice. I also loved Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. This book took me completely by surprise as I’d previously failed to finish The House of Mirth, but Ethan Frome is so different – in contrast to the New York society life depicted in The House of Mirth, it’s a rural tragedy that reminded me of Thomas Hardy’s books.
7. Book you most anticipate (or, anticipated) on your club list?
Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford, I really enjoyed the TV version with Benedict Cumberbatch.
8. First classic you ever read?
I can’t really remember, but it could have been Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
9. Toughest classic you ever read?
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – because of the names and the different versions of the names, once I’d got that worked out it was OK!
10. Longest classic you’ve read? Longest classic left on your club list?
The longest I’ve read is probably Les Miserables . The longest book left on my list is Don Quixote.
11. Favorite biography about a classic author you’ve read €” or, the biography on a classic author you most want to read, if any?
Claire Tomalin’s Jane Austen: A Life.
12. Favorite movie adaption of a classic?
I’m not keen on movie adaptations, especially if I’ve read the book first, so this is a difficult question for me, but I did enjoy the BBC version of John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps with Rupert Penry-Jones as Richard Hannay – it inspired me to read the book. And I think the recent versions of Sherlock Holmes with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are excellent.
13. Classic author you’ve read the most works by?
14. Classic author who has the most works on your club list?