Join a Classics Book Club

The Internet is consuming more and more of my time. When we leave the house for anything, my boys groan when I have to “just check Facebook,” and it inevitably becomes a delay.

So while reading classics isn’t really new for me, I notice that I don’t read nearly as much as I used to. This is true unless I count mindlessly clicking from political blogs to Facebook to entertainment blogs as reading, which I don’t.

For this challenge, I picked up Anna Karenina, which my local library’s classics book club is reading this month. I heard about it only a few days before the meeting, so I didn’t quite get through its 817 pages in time. Nevertheless, a librarian sent an encouraging email for readers to come even if they didn’t finish the book, so there I was discussing Russian literature on a Wednesday night.

I have a lot more reading to do.

If I really want to challenge myself, maybe I should give up the Internet for a week. That idea will require some serious deliberation.

Next month: Emma.

Update: I made tasks on my 101 things in 1001 days list to read 15 classics as well as finish Anna Karenina (Link: Driving in the Car with Anna Karenina)

Here are the classics:

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • My Ántonia by Willa Cather (My Ántonia Didn’t Change, But I Sure Did)
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (I Am Not Rebecca)
  • A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (A Christmas Quest: Solve the Riddles to Find Your Present)
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
  • Candide by Voltaire
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

{See Reading the Classics}

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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  2. Carol Apple says:

    I read Anna Karenina several years ago and loved it. I owned the book and read large parts of it, but I also listened to the entire thing on audio book. For me, audio book is the primo way to absorb and get through the Russian novels. I have listened to several Dostoevskys this way and also War and Peace. Then I go back to the print copy to see how those long complicated names are actually spelled.
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    • Marcy says:

      What a great idea. I have a long commute, and this will work perfectly. I used to listen to audio books in the car years ago, but I have gotten away from it.

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