2013 Classics Club Update

2013 Classics Club Update

Last year, I signed up for The Classics Club – literally a club dedicated to reading classics. I signed up to read 50 classics by September 2017. Head over to this post to see my 50 selections. I managed to read 7 books off of the list this year. Here they are with mini-reviews.

The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy – 2/13/2013
A decent enough book, but I could not get over the stupidity of the heroine or the plot conveniences. Most of my book club loved this one, and I was interested to hear about the many adaptations.

The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle – 4/23/2013
Another book club read. I’m glad to have finally read a Sherlock Holmes tale. There was suspense aplenty and a decent amount of deduction, but I was surprised by how much Sherlock was not involved in the majority of the book.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin – 6/28/2013
Probably the book that influenced me the most this year. I was completely enthralled with Franklin’s view of the world and his dedication to hard work and industry.

Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte – 10/3/2013
The titular governess resides in two terrible homes and eventually falls in love. I found this one rather boring and a little simplistic. This one was read for book club too!

Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen – 10/23/2013
Not as creepy as I hoped, but still good. One can’t help but love the quotations about books. And Catherine is a flawed but plucky heroine. Yet another book club pick.

Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie (Audio) – 11/25/2013
I was eager to read this source material, since I was previously only familiar with the Disney version. Surprisingly, the Disney version is fairly true to the material. I liked the asides in the book about how Peter Pan is very selfish – as most children are.

Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen – 12/21/2013
I enjoyed this one much more than I expected to. It is rather lengthy, but I was interested enough to plow through it at Christmastime. I’m glad Fanny got what she wanted, even though we didn’t get a lot of personal insight into her character. This one sparked a lot of personal reflection on marriage as ruin or savior, on circumstance and luck, and on parenting.

TOTAL FOR 2013 = 7

In other 2013 classics news, I also “reread” Cannery Row on audio and listened to Mary Poppins.

Which classics did you read this year?