Did You Finish Your Spin?
The Classics Club
by The Classics Club
4d ago
Today’s the Day! On the 12th December, 2022 we announced the latest Classic Club Spin, challenging you to read book 6 on your CC Spin #32 list by 29th January. Did you read your book? Did you write about it, or not? What’s Next? In the comments below, tell us what book you read, and what you thought of it? Feel free to add a link to your review, here, on twitter and/or fb. Also add your link to the ‘Reviews by Members’ in the tab at the top of the page. Take a moment to see what everyone else has been reading. Tick/strikeout/cross off that book from your Classics Club List – c ..read more
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Classic Author Focus: Alexandre Dumas
The Classics Club
by whatmeread
4d ago
Alexandre Dumas Alexandre Dumas was a French writer who was certainly from an extraordinary family. His father, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, was the son of an African slave and a French nobleman and became a great and popular general of the French Revolution. However, he fell out of favor with Bonaparte and the family went through years of hard times, especially after his death. Dumas himself first became known as a dramatist and then had a great reputation as a writer of historical fiction. He was one of the most popular and prolific writers of the 19th century. His son, Ale ..read more
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Classic Author Focus: Astrid Lindgren
The Classics Club
by whatmeread
1M ago
Astrid Lindgren Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish writer best known for her Pippi Longstocking books. She was also a playwright and wrote more than 30 books for children. She is the fourth most translated children’s literature writer. Many of Lindgren’s children’s books reflect her memories of growing up in Näs, Sweden. After school, Lindgren took a job at a local paper in Vimmerby near her home. Her affair with a married editor led to her moving to Stockholm and having a child. In Stockholm, she worked as a stenographer and secretary, including for a criminologist, whom she used as the model for ..read more
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Your Lucky Spin Number Is…
The Classics Club
by The Classics Club
2M ago
If you joined the game last week, find number 6 on your CC Spin #30 List! That’s the CLASSIC you are challenged to read by 29th January 2023.  We know it can be hard to stay on track and enthused about your Spin Book for the whole journey. We plan to provide support and encouragement to all our CC Spinners via twitter, fb, instagram and goodreads. We hope you can join us in cheering everyone on to finish another fabulous classics reading experience! If you’re struggling with your book, let us know. We’ll do everything we can to help you through. Perhaps one of your new moderators has ..read more
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CC Spin #32
The Classics Club
by The Classics Club
2M ago
Hello, Clubbers! It’s time for another Classics Club Spin!What is the spin? It’s easy. At your blog, before next Sunday 11th Decmber, 2022, create a post that lists twenty books of your choice that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list. This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the spin period. Try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you have been putting off, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favourite author, re-reads, ancients, non-fiction, books in translatio ..read more
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Classic Author Focus: Charlotte Riddell
The Classics Club
by whatmeread
2M ago
Charlotte Riddell Charlotte Riddell was an Irish/English writer who is best known now for stories of the supernatural. During her lifetime, she was very popular and was the author of more than 50 novels and short stories. She was also part owner and editor of St. James Magazine, a prominent London journal of the time. Riddell was born in Carrickfergus, Ireland, the youngest daughter of the High Sheriff for County Antrim, James Cowan. When she was in her late teens, her father died, and four years later, she and her mother decided to move to London so that Charlotte could make a living as a wri ..read more
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Classic Author Focus: Rudyard Kipling
The Classics Club
by whatmeread
3M ago
Rudyard Kipling Rudyard Kipling was a British poet, novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. He was born in British India, the location of many of his works. He is not as much in fashion these days, as a lot of his work celebrated British Imperialism, although he also wrote stories about British soldiers in India and tales for children. However, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Kipling was one of England’s most popular writers, and he is still valued as an interpreter of the empire and as a writer of extraordinary narrative gifts. Kipling’s father was an artist and scholar who was ap ..read more
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Classic Author Focus: Angela Thirkell
The Classics Club
by whatmeread
4M ago
Angela Thirkell Angela Thirkell had quite the pedigree. She was the daughter of John William Mackail, a Scottish Classical scholar, and Margaret Burne-Jones, who herself was the daughter of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones. She was a cousin of Rudyard Kipling, and her brother Denis Mackail, was also a novelist. Thirkell was educated at St. Paul’s Girls School and later in Paris and Germany. Her first marriage, to the singer James Campbell-McInnes, with whom she had three children, ended in a sensational divorce. In 1918, she met George Lancelot Allnut Thirkell, an engineer origina ..read more
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Your Lucky Spin Number Is…
The Classics Club
by The Classics Club
5M ago
If you joined the game last week, find number 2 on your CC Spin #30 List! That’s the CLASSIC you are challenged to read by 30th October.  We know it can be hard to stay on track and enthused about your Spin Book for the whole journey. We plan to provide support and encouragement to all our CC Spinners via twitter, fb, instagram and goodreads. We hope you can join us in cheering everyone on to finish another fabulous classics reading experience! If you’re struggling with your book, let us know. We’ll do everything we can to help you through. Perhaps one of your new moderators has read ..read more
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CC Spin #31
The Classics Club
by The Classics Club
5M ago
Hello, Clubbers! It’s time for another Classics Club Spin!What is the spin? It’s easy. At your blog, before next Sunday 18th September, 2022, create a post that lists twenty books of your choice that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list. This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the spin period. Try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you have been putting off, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favourite author, re-reads, ancients, non-fiction, books in translat ..read more
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