Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Classics Club's Unbelievably Detailed 50 Question Questionnaire

50 Classics Club Questions 

  1. Share a link to your club list. The Classics Club: Fifty Classic(ish) Books I Will Read in the Next Five Years
  2. When did you join The Classics Club? How many titles have you read for the club? (We are SO CHECKING UP ON YOU! Nah. We’re just asking.) 🙂  I joined in early 2018. So far I have read 25 of 50 titles. I am a fast reader. Or maybe I just picked short classics.
  3. What are you currently reading? Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata.
  4. What did you just finish reading and what did you think of it? I just finished four Jane Austen novels to celebrate Austen in August.
  5. What are you reading next? Why?  Autumn Term by Antonia Forest. I like to read thematically; this book is set in a school and September is the traditional time for school to begin.
  6. Best book you’ve read so far with the club, and why? Frankenstein was excellent. I was surprised at the complexity of the story's structure. 
  7. Book you most anticipate (or, anticipated) on your club list? I want to read Anna Karenina, but I'm nervous about it since W&P did me in.
  8. Book on your club list you’ve been avoiding, if any? Why? I'm pretty sure Moby-Dick will be a difficult read for me.
  9. First classic you ever read?
    My Aunt Karen had a set of children's classics she shared with me when I was little. I remember reading Heidi and A Little Princess.
  10. Toughest classic you ever read? I gave up on War and Peace. Maybe someday?
  11. Classic that inspired you? I found the main characters in Anne of Green Gables and A Little Princess to be very inspiring.
  12. Longest classic you’ve read? Longest classic left on your club list? Italian Folktales, compiled by Italo Calvino, is the longest so far, at 800 pages. Moby Dick and Anna Karenina are both left on my list.
  13. Oldest classic you’ve read? Oldest classic left on your club list? The oldest classic I've ever read is The Odyssey. The oldest classic I have left on my list is One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.
  14. Favorite biography about a classic author you’ve read — or, the biography on a classic author you most want to read, if any? I'd love to read a good bio of Kafka.
  15. Which classic do you think EVERYONE should read? Why? I don't think there is a single classic book that everyone should read. I'm a librarian, and I believe in free choice.
  16. Favorite edition of a classic you own, if any? I don't keep rare books.
  17. Favorite movie adaption of a classic? I have loved all the movies made from Jane Austen books.
  18. Classic which hasn’t been adapted yet (that you know of) which you very much wish would be adapted to film. Why is there no 1001 Arabian Nights movie?
  19. Least favorite classic? Why?
    I hated Heart of Darkness when I was forced to read it in high school. Also loathed Under the Volcano and On the Road. Sorry if I am stepping on toes.
  20. Name five authors you haven’t read yet whom you cannot wait to read. I am eager to read Leo Tolstoy, Yasunari Kawabata, Elizabeth Gaskell, Barbara Pym, and Romulo Gallegos.
  21. Which title by one of the five you’ve listed above most excites you and why? Anna Karenina is the one I most want to read because it is so respected.
  22. Have you read a classic you disliked on first read that you tried again and respected, appreciated, or even ended up loving? (This could be with the club or before it.) Yes. I loved Shakespeare once I read him with the help of a good teacher.
  23. Which classic character can’t you get out of your head? Gregor in The Metamorphosis by Kafka is hard to forget.
  24. Which classic character most reminds you of yourself?
    I've always thought I'm a lot like Meg Murry in A Wrinkle in Time.
  25. Which classic character do you most wish you could be like? I admire Sarah Crewe in A Little Princess.
  26. Which classic character reminds you of your best friend? 
    I have many best friends; so as to not hurt somebody's feelings, I'll hone in on mi esposo, and I'll compare him (in a good way) to Tom Sawyer.
  27. If a sudden announcement was made that 500 more pages had been discovered after the original “THE END” on a classic title you read and loved, which title would you most want to keep reading? Or, would you avoid the augmented manuscript in favor of the original? Why? I never like sequels.
  28. Favorite children’s classic? I have lots and lots. I'd say one of my favorites is The Little Prince. I also love The Hobbit.
  29. Who recommended your first classic? My mom led me to many good books.
  30. Whose advice do you always take when it comes to literature? (Recommends the right editions, suggests great titles, etc.) To thine own self be true.
  31. Favorite memory with a classic? I loved trying to read all of Jane Austen's books during Austen in August.
  32. Classic author you’ve read the most works by? I've read everything by Jane Austen.
  33. Classic author who has the most works on your club list? Jane Austen did.
  34. Classic author you own the most books by?
    I have copies of The Little Prince in English, Spanish, French, and Italian. I have read them all.
  35. Classic title(s) that didn’t make it to your club list that you wish you’d included? (Or, since many people edit their lists as they go, which titles have you added since initially posting your club list?) I have started my second list with books I wish I'd put on my first list.
  36. If you could explore one author’s literary career from first publication to last — meaning you have never read this author and want to explore him or her by reading what s/he wrote in order of publication — who would you explore? Obviously this should be an author you haven’t yet read, since you can’t do this experiment on an author you’re already familiar with. 🙂 Or, which author’s work you are familiar with might it have been fun to approach this way?
    I'd like to know more about Kafka.
  37. How many rereads are on your club list? If none, why? If some, which are you most looking forward to, or did you most enjoy? There are at least thirteen. I'm most looking forward to rereading Don Quixote.
  38. Has there been a classic title you simply could not finish? Sadly, I gave up on War and Peace.
  39. Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving?
    I was surprised to find out that I love Jane Austen so much.
  40. Five things you’re looking forward to next year in classic literature? I hope to do at least one readalong of a classic novel.
  41. Classic you are DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year? I hope to read Edith Hamilton's Mythology.
  42. Classic you are NOT GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year? I'm scared to try Anna Karenina.
  43. Favorite thing about being a member of the Classics Club? I love to see what classic books others are reading, and I enjoy reading their detailed reviews.
  44. List five fellow clubbers whose blogs you frequent. What makes you love their blogs? I am a fan of Brona's Books, as she, like me, enjoys reading classic children's books. Karen at Books and Chocolate reads many French classics, which I enjoy. I've been book-friends with Andi of Estella's Revenge since 2000. Anne of My Head is Full of Books reads a lot of the same sorts of classics I like. I loved meeting and talking to Emma at Words and Peace at BEA and I love to read what she's reading. Kay of Kay's Reading Life is the person who encouraged me to join the Classics Club. And many, many more. You know who you are.
  45. Favorite post you’ve read by a fellow clubber? Everything Adam at Roof Beam Reader writes is wonderful.
  46. If you’ve ever participated in a readalong on a classic, tell about the experience? If you’ve participated in more than one, what’s the very best experience? the best title you’ve completed? a fond memory? a good friend made? I have never done this. I want to do a readalong. 
  47. If you could appeal for a readalong with others for any classic title, which title would you name? Why? I would pick one of my big books, like Don Quixote or Anna Karenina or Moby Dick. 
  48. How long have you been reading classic literature? How long have I been reading? Almost sixty years.
  49. Share up to five posts you’ve written that tell a bit about your reading story. Reviews, journal entries, posts on novels you loved or didn’t love, lists, etc. Readerbuzz's 10th Blogoversary: Best Reads EverBooks I'll Never Read (Plus a Couple of Those I Didn't Think I'd Read, But Did, and Loved)Books I Read, and Loved, But Didn't Really UnderstandGood Books for Old Broads (Like Me)Little Books---Not Just for Little People
  50. Question you wish was on this questionnaire? (Ask and answer it!) Here are some I'd ask: How would you define a classic book? What is the most obscure classic book on your list? What is the most well-known classic book on your list? What classic nonfiction do you have on your list? I have lots of questions.
Have you completed the 50 Question Questionnaire? Let me know in the comments. If you haven't, feel free to copy this Classics Club questionnaire and fill in your own answers on your blog. You can also share it on The Classics Club blog here.


  1. Deb, was I actually the one that talked you into joining the Classics Club? That's kind of funny since my list is very unique to me - plus I've only read 3 books from it this year. I need to get on that this fall. Happily, several of them will work for the R.I.P. XIII Challenge that I'm doing. For me, classics mean mysteries and Gothic things. ;-)

    1. Yes, you are the one! I thank you for it.

      BTW, I think that is one of the charms of the Classics Club: You define classics for yourself.

  2. This took a long time to fill out, huh? Thanks for the shout-out, too. I think your question about what makes a book a classic is a good one. Here is a link to a CC Query several years ago about modern classics. Modern Classics

    1. We all throw that word "classic" around rather loosely, I think. As well we should.

      Thank you for sharing the link.

  3. Uh-oh, you're making me nervous about Under The Volcano...

    Anna Karenina is much easier than War and Peace.

    Fun post! And it is an unbelievably detailed set of questions! Took me days to answer it.

    1. Under the Volcano was just drinking, drinking, drinking. On and on. Not my cuppa tea.

      Glad to hear AK is more do-able than WP.

  4. I agree with Reese, AK is much more accessible than W&P, but a readalong of both would make it far more interesting, esp if we found someone who was an expert or fanatic of Russian Lit!

    I grew to enjoy Conrad after seeing a movie that gave me an 'in' to what his stories were about. Having said that I've only ever actually read Lord Jim, but a former colleague was a huge fan and she infected me with some of her love.

    Thank you for the kind shout-out too.

  5. Oh, my, that is a long questionnaire! When I was very young (early twenties), I read some Tolstoy and Dosteovsky in what I dubbed my "Russian Novel Summer." The worst things about Russian novels, for me, were the names! Pronouncing and remembering them.

    Good luck, and enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. Wow, this is very detailed. I still need to read a Kafka book. I’ve read a lot of classics, but somehow I missed his work.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!


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