Thanks to Deb Nance of Readerbuzz for the loan of this fine birthday meme.

Here are the questions from Classic Club’s questionnaire:

  1. When did you join The Classics Club? late 2019 after seeing the club on Readerbuzz.
  2. What is the best classic book you’ve read so far? I liked most of them, so it’s hard to pick the BEST, but maybe Brideshead Revisited.
  3. What is the first classic book you read? Lord Jim
  4. What classic book inspired you most? The Secret Garden
  5. What was your most challenging classic? Don Quixote, I’d been trying to read it since high school
  6. What was your favorite movie adaption? I Capture the Castle, but Bridesead Revisited was well done too
  7. Which classic character reminds you of yourself? The ditsy mother in I Capture the Castle…I like to think I’m creative and a free spirit, but sometimes it’s just being scatterbrained
  8. Has there been a title you expected to dislike but ended up liking? Don Quixote
  9. What is one classic you definitely will make happen next year? I don’t know. Recently there have been enough classics “required” as book club selections or challenge books, but I may have to go back to drawing from a jar or using a spinner.
  10. What are some of the fond memories you’ve had of the classics club? Mainly it gave me a good feeling of completing a list given me during my junior year in high school titled, “Outstanding Fiction for College Bound Students, “but then it’s always fun to compare notes on Classics Club with close friend Deb Nance.

I hope you enjoyed reading the answers to these questions as much as I enjoyed answering them. Even if you do not “belong to the club,” you can reply to the reading the classic questions on your blog or in the reply box below.




Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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  1. I enjoy making a list and using the list to figure out what I’m planning to read next. I’ve been surprised to find that classics are classics for a reason: classics have the most memorable characters, the best writing, the most compelling plots, and the most remarkable life wisdom of all books I have read. Of course, some classics I’ve tried have not aged well…my probably-too-easy solution to that is to strike them from my list of classics.

    I like formally belonging to The Classics Club because most of the people who are members are (much) more thorough and careful readers than I am. I learn as much from the other members’ reading as I do from the books themselves. Belonging to the club feels like being in a class of strong students where everyone is reading a self-selected list and discussing their reads together.

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