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Category Archives: Reading the Classics

Holidays provide needed reading time for good books

Thankfully Reading WEekend offers opportunity to read Thanksgiving holiday books for writers.

Thanksgiving reading time and The Count of Monte Cristo When two reading events come together, it’s a pleasure and holidays provide added reading time. This weekend my intention has been, if not to finish, to at least gain headway in my reading of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I mean, it is…

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Readathon challenges and tips – Dewey and the Count of Monte Cristo

24-hour read-a-thon reading challenge
This entry is part 16 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 16 of 32 in the series Read-a-thonReadathon challenges offer hours of reading fun Dewey readathon challenges offer great reading opportunities. Join hundreds of readers for the semi-annual 24-hour Dewey’s Read-a-Thon this Saturday, October 12, 2013. ¬†A Dewey Read-a-thon is flexible and the choice of reading material is wide open. Readathon challenges…

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Reading the classics for fun – Armchair BEA

Reading the classics is fun and full of surprises.
This entry is part 2 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 2 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Reading the classics for enjoyment Reading the classics, for most people, isn’t considered fun. For some it’s boring, some mandatory, some downright annoying; but for readers like me the classics can be invigorating, exciting, and downright fun. Classic books can be…

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Reading Edgar Allan Poe

Book Complete Edgar Allan Poe Stories

Tales of Mystery and Imagination Reading Poe is pure summer fun and thanks to The Classics Club Spin this month, I’ll be having a ton of fun reading Edgar Allan Poe for the months of May and June. I’m thrilled. I love Poe, and I’ve been staring at this book for a number of years….

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Reading the Classics Spin, take two

dickens-cartoon

The Classics Club Spin challenge To encourage our reading the classics, The Classics Club (TCC) has created yet another spin. The first round was back in February. While I haven’t quite finished¬†The Man in the Iron Mask, I’m ready to spin again and see how I do. We’ll have two months (May and June) to…

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A march toward the modernists

Modernist writers make up a new challenge Reading is a worthwhile effort for writers. Reading outside a writer’s normal genre is even better. Reading celebrated and influential writers is one way writers learn about their craft. With that in mind and with a caterpillar-like crawl through my Classics Club reading list, I’ve realized that participating…

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What’s in a day with the Classics Club Readathon?

This entry is part 21 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 21 of 32 in the series Read-a-thonThe Classics Club Readathon begins Enjoy reading the classics? Maybe you want to give a great book a try. The first readathon hosted by The Classics Club is well on its way and I’m just getting started. My first hour of the day is always…

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My reading plan for the classics readathon

This entry is part 22 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 22 of 32 in the series Read-a-thonThe classic books on my reading list My readathon book choices are made. Obviously, I’m going to be reading the classics over the next 24 hours as I embark on The Classic Club’s Readathon. So here are the classics perched on my TBR table, all…

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Tips to start the year with a classic readathon

This entry is part 23 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 23 of 32 in the series Read-a-thonThe Classics Club Readathon – First Ever Jump-start your reading year and sign up for The Classics Club Readathon, a 24-hour reading marathon, January 5, 2013. Yes, that’s this Saturday. You’ve got time to sign up, pick-your books, plan your hours and stock your pantry….

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Summer reading: Two Victorian celebrations

Charles Dickens 2012 – Two Hundred Years old Charles Dickens, had he lived, would be 200 years old this year. Yes, Dickens 2012 is a year-long birthday celebration of Dickens, his life and works. So it’s only fitting that I incorporate reading Dickens into my reading plans this year and particularly for the next two…

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Top Ten from The Classics Club to read this year

Thanks to The Classics Club my list of classic books to be read over the next five years has grown to nearly one hundred. Since I’ve been flipping through pages and pulling books off shelves and reshelving them, I thought I’d share the top ten titles that are speaking to me now and a few…

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Should a writer read the classics?

Reading is such an important part of being a writer that I once simply assumed that anyone who took up the pen–keyboard today–did so in response to an engagement with an author or a book. But that’s simply not the case anymore. Reading does not seem to be a necessary skill nor is the idea…

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