Club never failed to bring fun to the clubbers. This time they adapted this
about our classics readings. Here are mine….
1. Share a link to your club list.
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 the
club in March 8th, 2012, and have since read 81 titles (of 165 I
have intended to).
3. What are you currently reading?
for the Club’s November event: Victorian Lit! :)
4. What did you just finish reading and what
did you think of it?
. Loved it! I have thought it would be childish, but it turned out to
be much deeper than that.
5. What are you reading next? Why?
on the Prairie; just because it’s the last classic on my reading schedule this
6. Best book you’ve read so far with the
club, and why?
difficult question, as always… I think it’s Germinal
. If there is a book
I can call ‘perfect’, Germinal is.
7. Book you most anticipate (or,
anticipated) on your club list?
Crime and Punishment; it is the kind of book I know I would love very much.
8. Book on your club list you’ve been
avoiding, if any? Why?
1984. I am
no dystopian fans, but somehow I felt I should read at least this one.
9. First classic you ever read?
A book from
Agatha Christie; I believe it’s After the Funeral; and ever since I have been
10. Toughest classic you ever read?
11. Classic that inspired you? or scared you? made you cry? made you
Most of them
have inspired me in one or another way, but maybe the first classic that
inspired me is Agatha Christie’s books. They flicked my curiosity on human’s
nature, especially to man’s capability of doing vile things.
12. Longest classic you’ve read? Longest
classic left on your club list?
War and Peace
is the longest I’ve read, and as I’ve also read Moby Dick
think my next longest classic left has got to be one of Dickens’….. Bleak
13. Oldest classic you’ve read? Oldest
classic left on your club list?
. And now I have Saint Augustine’s The Confessions
left on my list.
14. Favorite biography about a classic
author you’ve read — or, the biography on a classic author you most want to
read, if any?
Right now I
am very excited to read Zola’s biography: The Life and Times of Émile Zola by F.
W. J. Hemmings
15. Which classic do you think EVERYONE
should read? Why?
Look up at question # 6… ;)
16. Favorite edition of a classic you own,
Classics hardback edition, I own the Fitzgerald’s (only 2 right now, but I’m
planning to collect them).
17. Favorite movie adaption of a classic?
18. Classic which hasn’t been adapted yet
(that you know of) which you very much wish would be adapted to film.
I think most
of famous classics have been adapted, so I don’t know whether there are any
which haven’t. But I noticed that Zola’s are the rarest to be adapted,
especially in English. I wish there would be a producer who’d like to work on
Germinal soon…! :)
19. Least favorite classic? Why?
I did not understand most of it, as it was too theological.
20. Name five authors you haven’t read yet
whom you cannot wait to read.
Hardy, Wilkie Collins, William Faulkner, Christopher Marlowe, Honoré de Balzac.
21. Which title by one of the five you’ve
listed above most excites you and why?
Hardy. I have heard so many praises over him, and I’m so excited to read Far
From a Madding Crowd. Plus, he’s a Victorian… ;)
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, The Great Gatsby
! My first read was a bit disappointment as I could not relate to
it. During my second read, I was constantly consulting with Sparksnotes and
other analyses sites, and that’s how I found many interesting things from
Fitzgerald. It ended up being one of my favorites.
23. Which classic character can’t you get
out of your head?
from The Picture of Dorian Gray
. Everytime I meet someone (in
reality or in fiction) who is cynical, a bit harsh, but witty, I always think
him as “Lord Henry-ish”.
24. Which classic character most reminds you
25. Which classic character do you
most wish you could be like?
I don’t wish
to be anybody than myself. :)
26. Which classic character reminds you of
your best friend?
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?
28. Favorite children’s classic?
29. Who recommended your first classic?
he’s a thorough reader as I am, and he said that would certainly love Agatha Christie’s
detective stories. And I did. A lot!
30. Whose advice do you always take when it
comes to literature. (Recommends the right editions, suggests great titles,
fellow clubbers! ;)
31. Favorite memory with a classic?
Wuthering Heights along with my Indonesian blogger fellows in 2011; it’s my
early acquaintance with classic works, and we were all troubled by the dark
story. It’s good experience to read one work with others with whom we could
share our mutual feelings.
32. Classic author you’ve read the most
Dickens (9), followed closely by Émile Zola (8). Next year they might get
33. Classic author who has the most works on
your club list?
again; I have 13 titles of him.
34. Classic author you own the most books
Dickens! Here are the 14 books of Dickens in my collection. :)
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
Ha! I have
edited my list numerous of times! Some titles that were not included in my
earlier list: If on a Winter Night a Traveler, Little Women, Slaughterhouse-Five,
Cicero’s Defend Speeches, The Walden.
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 tend to
read an author’s masterpiece or at least his most famous works first. If I am
interested in reading him/her other works, I would read them usually in random
order. But Zola’s works might have been fun to be explored from first
publication, especially his Rougon-Macquart series.
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
two rereads: The Great Gatsby (which is proved to be a huge success!), and
Oliver Twist (still on the list).
38. Has there been a classic title you
simply could not finish?
Yes, Gone with the Wind
. I was so bored with it in the end (two last chapters) that I
skipped many pages to read only the ending. I didn’t regret it, and actually
felt quite relieved to put it down.
39. Has there been a classic title you
expected to dislike and ended up loving?
Book. I thought it would be childish and “Disneyland-ish”, but it turned out to
be much deeper than I expected. And at the end I loved it!
40. Five things you’re looking forward to
next year in classic literature?
- To explore
the literary movements through my Literary Movement Reading Challenge.
This would be my biggest challenge ever!
- To read more
plays—I have joined Listra’s Plays On event next year, have you?
- To read my
first biography of classics author (Zola’s biography—see question #16).
- To read classic
authors I haven’t read before (St. Augustine, Atwood, Thoreau, Marlowe, etc).
- To read more
41. Classic you are DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE
HAPPEN next year?
Augustine’s The Confessions.
42. Classic you are NOT GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN
works. I must delay his works yet another year; next year is going to be tough
enough without him.
43. Favorite thing about being a member of
the Classics Club?
This kind of
things… Fun events like monthly meme, classics club spin, this survey, etc. And
of course, to find so many readers who love classics, and with whom I could
discuss about classics.
44. List five fellow clubbers whose blogs
you frequent. What makes you love their blogs?
45. Favorite post you’ve read by a fellow
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 only
participated in one readalong: The Color Purple
, and it’s rather quieter
than I have expected.
47. If you could appeal for a readalong with
others for any classic title, which title would you name? Why?
Dickens. His books have many interesting aspects to be discussed. So, anyone
want to read Bleak House along with me on June next year? ;)
48. How long have you been reading classic
long ago, maybe 3 or 4 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.
The best way
to tell about my reading story is perhaps by sharing my Book Kaleidoscope posts
of last year, and another interesting yearly meme. If you are interested, I am
hosting another Book Kaleidoscope this year. The announcement will be up next
50. Question you wish was on this
questionnaire? (Ask and answer it!)
classics (or some of your classics) collection! :)