A couple of months ago, I was browsing through my rather massive list of “read” books, when I began to revisit a list of “favorite books” that I started over a decade ago. One thing I realized while revisiting this list was that some of these books that I call favorites, I have never revisited. I have books marked from 10- or 15-years ago with 5 stars, and yet, I can only vaguely remember their plots and why I responded to the books so well in the first place.
I’m a firm believer that much of one’s reaction to a book is based on who we are, where we are, and what is going on in our lives during the time we read it. Isn’t this kind of like reader-response theory? Well, yes, a bit; but that’s fine because reader-response theory, in my opinion, has a great deal of merit. Reading is a very personal and human activity, and we, most of us, change over time. Now, of course, some books are just incredibly good, and their appeal has as much to do with the talent of the writer as with any individual experiences or perceptions we bring to the reading experience. See: it all matters!
Bearing that in mind, I am determined to revisit some of my favorite pieces of classic literature; those works which I love and have called “favorite” at sometime or other, but which I’ve only read once. But, I also want to continue to read new-to-me material. So, I came up with a plan for myself to read 12 books in 2017, 6 of which will be re-reads and 6 of which will be new to me. To make this even more fun, I thought I would invite anyone and everyone to join me, either for the entire year or for the books which you’re most interested in reading (or re-reading) along with me.
There are no obligations to stick with this for all 12 months. Come and go as you please.
My plan at the moment is:
- Post an announcement with the #CBAM2017 reading list (below).
- Ask those who would like to join me for all/part of this book club to share about it on their blog/site and post a link to the Mister Linky widget below. (spread the word!)
- Have an introductory post around the 1st of each month, describing the book and a reading pace (for myself – you can use it or not!)
- Post a check-in each month, around the 15th, to see how people are doing, generate a Q & A, etc.
- Post a wrap-up/review at the end of the month, when I finish the book, and open up the comments for discussion, just like an in-person book club. There might even be wine and chocolates! (on this end at least)
- January: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- February: The Three Theban Plays by Sophocles
- March: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
- April: Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- May: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
- June: The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville
- July: Paradise Lost by John Milton
- August: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
- September: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
- October: Angels in America by Tony Kushner
- November: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- December: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
So, what do you say? Come along with me for this Classic Book-a-Month Club next year? You can sign-up by posting about it on your blog and then linking to our Mister Linky widget:
Please use #CBAM2017 to share on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.