Friday, November 14, 2014

Classics Club Tag

Well, the Classics Club put up a surveyish tag thing, and because I am a proud member of this club, I decided to join in!! Yay!! P.S. This is a long post without any pictures, sorry :(

Share a link to your club list.

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 the Classics Club as soon as I started blogging, May 2014. I have read 12 books for the club. My list had 50, but I'm just adding every classic I read, whether it's on the list or naw!

What are you currently reading?
I'm assuming these questions apply to just classics. The Hound of the Baskervilles.

What did you just finish reading and what did you think of it?
The Scarlet Letter. See my review HERE. I didn't like it that much :(

What are you reading next? Why?
As classics go, I don't know. Probably Pygmalion with My Fair Lady for an essay scholarship.

Best book you’ve read so far with the club, and why?
Rilla of Ingleside and A Tale of Two Cities. Wow! These books were beautiful!!

Book you most anticipate (or, anticipated) on your club list?
Great question! Probably Ben Hur, Gone with the Wind, or Little Dorrit.

Book on your club list you’ve been avoiding, if any? Why?
War and Peace. It's loooong.

First classic you ever read?
Like in my life? Probably Anne of Green Gables or Little Men or Swiss Family Robinson. (I was around 5th grade. I was so proud because my version had 565 pages!!)

Toughest classic you ever read?
Great Expectations. I need to read it again.

Classic that inspired you? or scared you? made you cry? made you angry?
A Tale of Two Cities probably covers all of those categories, except I didn't cry.

Longest classic you’ve read? Longest classic left on your club list?
Swiss Family Robinson or Count of Monte Cristo. War and Peace.

Oldest classic you’ve read? Oldest classic left on your club list?
I'm going with Julius Caesar that I had to read for English last year. Pilgrim's Progress is probably the oldest one left.

Favorite biography about a classic author you’ve read — or, the biography on a classic author you most want to read, if any?
I want to read Invincible Louisa because I find Louisa May Alcott's life fascinating!

Which classic do you think EVERYONE should read? Why?
A Tale of Two Cites. It's just, wow, amazing!! It will introduce you to the highest level of the English language!

Favorite edition of a classic you own, if any?
I love my Signet Classics because they're paperback, small, and smell good!

Favorite movie adaption of a classic?
Ben-Hur with Charlton Heston. Or the TV series Little Men. It's not exactly the same, but it has a charm of it's own. PRINCESS BRIDE (except that's not really a classic book...) My Fair Lady from Pygmalion.

Classic which hasn’t been adapted yet (that you know of) which you very much wish would be adapted to film.
RILLA OF INGLESIDE! Now people, now!!

Least favorite classic? Why?
That I've read? Great Expectations or Mansfield Park. They were hard to get through (I haven't finished MP yet!)

Name five authors you haven’t read yet whom you cannot wait to read.
Jules Verne
Sir Walter Scott
H. Rider Haddergard
P. G. Wodehouse
Oscar Wilde

Which title by one of the five you’ve listed above most excites you and why?
Anything by Wodehouse because I've heard he's hilarious!!

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.)
I intend to do that with Great Expectations. I can't think of any others right now...

Which classic character can’t you get out of your head?
Umm, I think about Rilla of Ingleside a lot, Nan from Little Men, and Anne of Green Gables.

Which classic character most reminds you of yourself?
Probably Susan Pevensie from Chronicles of Narnia. We're both older sisterish and tend to stop believing in fantasy stuff. And Jo March.

Which classic character do you most wish you could be like?
Polly from An Old Fashioned Girl, or Rilla at the end of Rilla of Ingleside.

Which classic character reminds you of your best friend?
I've had many best friends. Most of them are probably like Lizzy Bennett, a lot of fun to be around.

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?
Wow! I would probably read the original manuscript, but reread the whichever one I liked better.

Favorite children’s classic?
The Phantom Tollbooth

Who recommended your first classic?
Because my mom reads a lot and we had a lot of her classics from when she was little, I probably picked one off the shelf that looked interesting.

Whose advice do you always take when it comes to literature. (Recommends the right editions, suggests great titles, etc.)
My fellow bloggers with similar tastes. And my mom's.

Favorite memory with a classic?
Staying up late to read The Count of Monte Cristo. I don't remember the whole book, but I remember being extremely happy while reading it.

Classic author you’ve read the most works by?
Probably Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Classic author who has the most works on your club list?
Lucy Maud Montgomery with Laura Ingalls Wilder a close second

Classic author you own the most books by?
Laura Ingalls Wilder, followed by Lucy Maud Montgomery, C.S. Lewis, and Jane Austen.

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?)
Wow, I add titles all the time! I need to add King Solomon's Mines. I added several Lucy Maud Montgomery's. I added Carry On, Mr. BowditchPickwick PapersTarzan, the Little Minister, and Last of the Mohicans.

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?
It would have been fun to read Lucy Maud Montgomery this way. I would probably explore Jules Verne.

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?
Quite a few. I added some because I wanted to read the whole series. I added others because I loved them. I'm looking forward to the Little House on the Prairie series next summer.

Has there been a classic title you simply could not finish?
Mansfield Park.

Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving?
A Connecticut Yankee in King Author's Court.

Five things you’re looking forward to next year in classic literature?
Little House on the Prairie. Wives and Daughters. Little Women read along with Hamlette. Ivanhoe. Rereading my favorites.

Classic you are DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
Little Women

Classic you are NOT GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
Probably War and Peace

Favorite thing about being a member of the Classics Club?
That it exists!!

List five fellow clubbers whose blogs you frequent. What makes you love their blogs?
Hayden at The Story Girl
I like how they review and I enjoy their posts.

Favorite post you’ve read by a fellow clubber?
Maybe the dream casting of Rilla of Ingleside by Miss Dashwood

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'm participating in one now at The Edge of the Precipice for the Hound of the Baskervilles. I like it because it motivates you to read, even if you don't want to.

If you could appeal for a readalong with others for any classic title, which title would you name? Why?
War and Peace, Middlemarch, or Gone With the Wind. Because they're long. Motivation is needed!

How long have you been reading classic literature?
Probably since I was little. 3rd to 5th gradish?

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.

Question you wish was on this questionnaire? (Ask and answer it!)
How many classics do you own? (Me, not my family)
66 (give or take ;)

Thanks Classics Club for making this!


  1. I love your answers! We really have a lot in common just with life and our literary interests. :)
    I can't believe I forgot you do the classics club or I would have listed you as a blog I frequent because I do follow yours a lot. :)
    Keep up your awesome blogging! :)

  2. Yes Woodhouse is very funny indeed! He makes even I laugh sometimes - which says a lot because I don't laugh quickly with books. I cry quickly, yes (Rilla of Ingleside, yeth.)

    Oh I should read a Tale of Two Cities then. My brother really liked it too. Mmm. Might try it soon.

    Loved this post, Ashley!

  3. Hi, Ashley,
    You visited my 50 Classics Club questions post. It's nice to meet someone else w/ similar values.

    I had some difficulty w/ Great Expectations, too. That's Dickens for you.

    Darn! If I knew that Hamlette was doing a read-along for Little Women, I would have waited. Anyway, hope you enjoy it.

    ~Ruth @ A Great Book Study

  4. Another good thing about the Classics Club is they provide opportunities, like the survey, to discover new blogs
    Enjoyed reading your answers. Don't be put off by the length of Gone With The Wind - you'll love it!

  5. Lois: I know!! I love discovering people who have a lot in common with me!! Thanks!

    Naomi: Yeth!!! You so need to read A Tale of Two Cities!! Thanks!

    Ruth: I can't wait for that Little Women read-along!! Thanks for the comment!!

    Cat: I love finding new blogs through the Classics Club!! I think I'll like Gone with the Wind, but it is kinda intimidating. Thanks for the comment!!


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