I’d like to invite you to participate in another monthly feature here at 5 Minutes for Books. Once a month we will host Classics Bookclub. The schedule for previous and future months can be found at our Join In page under the header.
It will occur on the first Tuesday of the month.
This first month we are going to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Jane Austen is not only hot right now, with many screen adaptations, modern novels exploring the characters or the author herself, but many people list this as one of their all-time favorite novels.
It embodies the true definition of a classic worth reading in the modern-day.
I have been wanting to read it (or revisit it, since I think I did read it in high school) for some time now, so I’d like to invite all of you to join me.
So here’s the challenge:
- Read or re-read the book in question (this month it’s Pride and Prejudice).
- If you’d like write a “before” post stating why you are reading the book, or what your impressions are going into it, feel free.
- Whether or not you write a before post, link up your after post on the day in question. Our host (this month it’s Lisa) will give you some questions to ponder or address in your wrap-up post if you’d like.
- If you’d like to visit and comment on other’s wrap-up posts, you can truly enjoy the virtual bookclub.
So, grab the book and start reading! On September 2 you’ll find us here waiting for you to share your thoughts. Lisa will post some questions sometime the week before if you’d like a little guidance.
You can help us out with this in two ways:
- Help us out with our future schedule. Is there a classic you love that you think that others should investigate? One that you keep hearing about but have never read? Something you hated in high school, but think you should revisit? Perhaps just an author you’d like to experience? Leave a comment and let us know. I’d like to create the schedule for at least these first 3 months so that people can decide which ones they’d like to read along with us and plan accordingly.
- Spread the word. If you plan to participate this month (or in the future), feel free to display the button in your sidebar, or use it in a your “before” post if you write one.
Here are the codes:
I am ready to go. It is linked on my blog. I just have to find my book.
Great idea for a book club! Since P & P is one of my favorites, count me in!
The code is on my blog and my book is ready to be re-read.
Ooooh this is one of my favorite books…I’m so glad you started the Classics Bookclub. This is my favorite genre right now. The code is up on my blog and I’m off to find the book!
Jen E says
Oh I’d love to participate – I keep meaning to read Pride and Prejudice and this is as great an excuse as any!
Two books I think might be good for this is 1) Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell which is an all time favorite of mine that I’ll gladly read again and 2) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë which I’ve also been wanting to read for awhile – but really my list of read classics is rather sad so I’ll be happy for most anything.
Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) says
Great idea Jennifer!
My favorite all time book is Jane Eyre. I adore it!!! I think it would be a great book to choose one month. 🙂
I’d re-read Jane Eyre. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck is a good read too.
But I’m interested… for anyone who has seen different movie/TV versions…who is “your” favorite Mr. Darcy?
What a coincidence!! I had just started reading this book over the weekend. It was one of the classics that I somehow missed during high school and I am discovering it now as an adult…and loving it! I will definitely be joining in on the discussion in September! I will be sure to link to you guys over at my site, http://www.bookfinds.com.
Let’s get reading!
I love this book. It is one of my all time favorites. I am linked back to this site. I can’t wait to see future picks. I would like to nominate Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
What a bizarre coincidence: I just finished reading it last night! I have Jane Austen-themed giveaways on my blog this week, too.
The book club is a great idea!
Just Mom says
Jane Eyre is a wonderful read. I also love classic children’s literature like “The Secret Garden” and “Charlotte’s Web.”
Oh! “The Turn of The Screw” is also a good one.
I just found out about this book club. I can’t wait to get started! I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice in a LONG time, so it should be interesting. I’ve been wanting to reread Jane Eyre, especially after reading The Thirteenth Tale (which mentions it a lot). I wouldn’t mind rereading The Fountainhead. I think I’d get more out of it the second time around.
I have seen alot of comments that people haven’t read “To Kill a Mockingbird” & I haven’t either.
Count me in! I will read whatever everyone chooses. I’m woefully behind on my classics knowledge.
I’ve got it up on my site and am looking forward to re-reading Pride and Prejudice – I love Austen and would love to challenge myself to read more classics! I think my favorite classic is Jane Eyre though I was pretty impressed with George Eliot’s writings (really a woman author).
Ivan Girl says
i’m participating. 🙂 added the button in my blog.
time to go back to the classics. 🙂
Kristinia-Loving Heart Mommy says
Count me in! I’m adding this to my blog!
phillipsonlygirl at gmail dot com
I would love to be included in this but my copy is in storage and I have no CLUE where it is located. Also, I just started reading Twilight (I know, I’m way behind), so I’m already engaged in a book right now. Maybe the next go-round…I would love to read Jane Eyre again or Wuthering Heights or any other Jane Austen book (I think I have them all!). I also just finally bought a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird (I’ve actually never read it but have seen the movie several times).
Oh, and Alyce, I just ordered a copy of The Thirteenth Tale from my online book club. Can’t wait to get it!
This is great. I wanted to get back into reading without overwhelming myself. Starting out with the classics will be refreshing & bring me back to my days as an English major in college!!
I have this book in storage, so I’m getting it from the library today!!!
Is it too late to join??
I am participating – I love reading classics! My other classics suggestions would be Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie, and I have always wanted to read the one suggested by others – To Kill A Mockingbird.
Is this site for moms only or also for dads? If dads too, I suggest any of these classics:
Confessions – St. Augustine
Orthodoxy – G. K. Chesternon
Divine Comedy – Dante
(Re)Reading the classics! Sounds like fun, count me in! 😀 I’ve started P&P, and I know that I’ll be watching the BBC and A&E’s mini series, and maybe the movie version with Keira Knightly, very soon. Hmm…fun.. lol…
this is a great idea, I’m linking it to my blog. I love P&P
Heather Johnson says
This is one of my all-time favorite books – I can reread it over and over and never tire of it.
One of the things I love is the dialogue and the humor it conveys – I can’t help but laugh out loud at Mrs. Bennett!
Brian Pearcy says
I’ve added the Classics Book Club button to my blog.
I’d suggest Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser for a future read.
I recommend Middlemarch by George Eliot for the Book Club.
I hope it’s not to late to join, Jane Eyre is one of my favorites.
I completed Jane Eyre this afternoon. It is the first time I have ever read it and I absolutely loved this book. I struggled through Pride and Prejudice and might be the only woman on this earth that didn’t love P&P, but Jane Eyre…….now that is a book I will read again. What a strong woman! Jane was amazingly before her time.
I’d love to join this club. I’ll start with Octobers book. Do we know what it is yet?
Helga Marie says
I would love to join. Please let me know where I can..
S Dey says
Great idea, one good way to make reading a habit in our otherwise-chocked daily lives.
At http://www.webliterature.net/literature we host almost all the great classics ever written for free reading. This includes Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, among many thousands. I would like to take this opportunity and request you to read from our site. Besides being free, if you have some constructive feedback then we shall gladly accept the same over email and try to incorporate that. We would also be happy to host any classic book that we can host (within legal limits), so please send us the HTML source of any classic book that you would like to see there (though the likely-hood of finding such is not much).
Is this an ongoing challenge? If so, I’d love to sign up.