The Classics Club – Year One

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As of March 23rd, I’ve been in The Classics Club for one whole year. I can’t believe it’s been a year already, but I’m happy to say I’m well ahead of schedule. The goal I set was fifty books in five years, the minimum requirement, as I wasn’t sure how I’d adjust to reading more classics.

I’ve now reviewed fifteen books, and I have another one waiting to go. There are still quite a few classics I find daunting, Dickens and anything Russian come to mind, but I’ve found that this has been much more of a pleasure than a struggle. It’s possible my view of what a classic is may be a bit broader than some, but it’s been a chance to really expand my interests. I can honestly say that this last year has probably changed how I’ll approach reading for the rest of my life.

So far:

Funnily enough, I think the classic I enjoyed writing about the most was the one I did just before joining the club – The Taming of the Shrew. It was such a bizarre story that it was hard not to be drawn in. I’ll be starting my next Shakespearean play soon, actually. I figure I should read at least one a year, and I might as well tackle As You Like It before Joss Whedon’s version is released.

2 thoughts on “The Classics Club – Year One

  1. Geoff W

    I have to agree that I think it’s seriously affected how I read, but it has also forced me to appreciate modern literature which is what I needed as well. And don’t worry about the Russians, Dickens on the other hand…

    1. Rob Post author

      I started to read Great Expectations years ago, but didn’t make it through. I keep meaning to go back. I really enjoyed A Christmas Carol though, so I think it’s more the meandering length that worries me rather than the prose itself.


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