This has been hard work! Originally I thought I'd break the survey down over two or three posts but once I got started I just kept going and have really enjoyed reliving my Classics journey. And I'm loving reading every else's too.
I never like making these choices and there are so many I could name but these two do stand out. Both of them made a big emotional impact on me and both of them I finished knowing I would be rereading some day.
7. Book you most anticipated on your club list?
Definitely Germinal - I'd been reading glowing posts about it for so long yet it still took me two years after buying a copy to finally read it.
8. Book on your club list you’ve been avoiding, if any? Why?
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
It's big and when I think of all those confusing Russian names .....
9. First classic you ever read?
It's so long ago I don't really know - possibly Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery but I wouldn't have been aware that it was 'a Classic'
The longest title left on my list is Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset at 1144p.
13. Oldest classic you’ve read? Oldest classic left on your club list?
Oldest I've read would be Shakespeare.
Still on my list - Beowulf.
14. Favorite biography about a classic author you’ve read?
I love author autobiographies and biographies. Three of my favourites are
Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man by Claire Tomalin
Morgan: a biography of E.M.Forster by Nicola Beauman
The Brontes by Juliet Barker
15. Which classic do you think EVERYONE should read? Why?
When people start telling me what I should be doing I switch off! Not for me to tell anyone what they should be reading.
16. Favorite edition of a classic you own, if any?
My very old edition of Peter Pan retold by May Byron for Little People with the gorgeousillustrations by Mabel Lucie Attwell
17. Favorite movie adaption of a classic? Gone with the Wind
18. Classic which hasn’t been adapted yet (that you know of) which you very much wish would be adapted to film. Nothing I can think of! 19. Least favorite classic? Why? A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway - I had a feeling I wouldn't like this author and I didn't. 20. Name five authors you haven’t read yet whom you cannot wait to read. From my current list Sigrid Undset, John Galsworthy, Sir Walter Scott, Angela Thirkell, William M Thackeray. 21. Which title by one of the five you’ve listed above most excites you and why?
Kristin Lavransdattar by Sigrid Undset is a trilogy - medieval historical fiction set in Norway. I've wanted to read it for a long time but I have to buy a copy and other titles keep taking priority. 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.) I read Charles Dickens when I was young and decided he was too slow and longwinded for me but added him to my CC list and read Our Mutual Friendwhich I loved and then Bleak House which I also loved. Time changes many things. 23. Which classic character can’t you get out of your head? Maggie Tulliver from The Mill on the Floss
24.Which classic character most reminds you of yourself?
25. Which classic character do you most wishyou could be like? 26. Which classic character reminds you of your best friend?
Never given a thought to questions like this. I'm quite happy being me! 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? I think I would let sleeping dogs lie unless the original ending had left me completely dissatisfied. 28. Favorite children’s classic?
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A.Milne 29. Who recommended your first classic? They appeared every year in my Christmas loot so I guess I can say Santa did! 30. Whose advice do you always take when it comes to literature. (Recommends the right editions, suggests great titles, etc.) Fellow bloggers. 31. Favorite memory with a classic? My father reading The Wind in the Willows to us - he did wonderful voices and really made the story come alive. 32. Classic author you’ve read the most works by?
I'm not sure - probably Charles Dickens or Thomas Hardy 33. Classic author who has the most works on your club list?
I tried not to have too many of any authors but Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Trollope and Emile Zola all have three. 34. Classic author you own the most books by? E.F.Benson - I picked up a set of 7 of his books at the Book Fair in 2013. 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 list?)
I can't answer this one - my list is in a constant state of change and I've added far too many to list.......even if I could remember which ones they are. 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 youarefamiliar with might it have been fun to approach this way?
This isn't something I would decide to do without having read something by the author and liking him/her enough to want to attempt it. I would far rather do as I plan with Emile Zola - having read Nana and Germinal I am going to start at the beginning of the The Rougon-Marquart series and read them in the recommended order.
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 enjoy?
I was never much of a rereader before the Classics Club and only added two to my original list. Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre I read as a teenager and thought I might appreciate them more now. I read WH last year and it was nothing I remembered it and I'm seeing the value of rereading more now and will definitely be having more on my second list.
38. Has there been a classic title you simply could not finish?
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - I loathed it. Too many people with the same name and so boring!
39. Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Dracula by Bram Stoker
40. Five things you’re looking forward to next year in classic literature?
Finishing my first CC list of 60
Joining the readalong of The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy .
I never like singling out a few from the many I read and enjoy. :-(
45. Favorite post you’ve read by a fellow clubber? No one particular post but a blogger who writes wonderful posts that are always a pleasure to read and I wish I was capable of writing myself - o @ Behold the Stars
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've participated in several readalongs and prefer the longer ones which are an excellent way to read the chunksters that keep getting pushed to the bottom of the TBR. The two best experiences have been Musashi in 2010 and Clarissa in 2012. Both very long books that aren't easy reading but sharing the experience was very motivating and kept me going when I longed to give up.
47. If you could appeal for a readalong with others for any classic title, which title would you name? Why?
The Brothers Karamazov - I'm avoiding it!
48. How long have you been reading classic literature?
All my life on and off but it's only been in the last six years that I've taken it as something more than just reading. There is purpose and appreciation, the search for understanding - I read so much slower these days which is definitely a good thing.