Today is my Classics Club three year anniversary, and, not coincidentally, is also the day that I decide where I am going from here – because as you know from yesterday’s post, I’ve actually accomplished that initial goal of reading 50 classics in 5 years.
This is also a good time to update and regroup on some of my other projects as well. I’ve always been a fan of the fall, and it has always seemed to me that September 1st, with its back to school new beginning, its shorter days and cooler evenings, fresh notebooks and new television series, is the best time to make reading plans.
The Agatha Christie read is clipping along like gangbusters, and I am on track to finish all of Poirot by the end of 2015. I’m way behind on posts, however, so that’s something to work on! I’ve also made significant progress on my Heyer read, although I’m behind on posts there, as well.
Which brings me to goal #1: finish my posts in a more timely fashion.
I am also most active on booklikes – this is where I post updates, non-review posts, chatty stuff, and where I comment on other people’s posts.
Which brings me to goal #2: post more memes and comment more on other blogs!
Finally, new projects:
I want to read more children’s classics – so that will be the focus of my next Classics Club project. There are several series that I will draw from to find classic children’s books:
The New York Review Books Children’s Collection publishes gorgeous editions of slightly-out-of-the-way children’s literature. I already own a couple of books from the collection, but am interested in expanding my trove. Puffin Classics, as well, publishes inexpensive editions of classic children’s books. I also own a lot of children’s books that are begging me for a reread. The only requirement for inclusion in this round of the Classics Club is that the book have been originally published at least 20 years ago, before my oldest was born, on or before 1995.
I also plan to continue exploring classics at my own pace. I want to finish The Chronicles of Barsetshire, read more Dickens, Gaskell, Bronte, Wharton and James. Maybe explore some genre classics as well.
Which brings me to goal #3: 25 more classics in two more years (by my original finish date of September 1, 2018) and 50 children’s classics in 3 years (by September 1, 2018).