The Classics Club is a huuuuuge thing in the blogosphere at the moment. Everybody has joined, it seems. Lists are posted all over and bloggers are committing to reading 50, 100 or even more classics over the duration of 5 years. The club was started by Jillian from A Room of One’s Own but when the club grew from 0 to 170 members in 5 short months, it was decided to give the club a new location, it’s own home so to speak.
And I have not joined.
I have been staying away from it. Carefully avoiding to check out the blog or even read too many posts about it. It’s not because I don’t feel one should read the classics. I do. It’s not because I don’t like the people behind the blog. I do – and I’m impressed with the amount of work they put in their blogs and in The Classics Club. It’s not because I don’t like being inspired by other readers, reading reviews, being part of a community. I love all three things. So why didn’t I join The Classics Club immediately?
First of, I felt that 50 books or more in 5 years are a lot to decide on. I also felt that I already were committed to so much, too much, that I simply couldn’t put the amount of effort and dedication in to it that it required. Or at least, that I would require of myself. There’s no point in joining a group or a challenge and then not participating. And I really didn’t feel I had the time…
But … I’ve caved… Even though I tried to stay away, I just couldn’t. So I’m going to sign up. I’m going to make a list of 50 books, 50 classics, and sign up to read them during the next 5 years. I’m going to start out by listing the classics already on my shelves – and then add books from my wish list. And I’m going to participate as much as possible in the various events, memes and more. I still have a lot of “required” reading in 2012, challenges I’ve signed up to before signing up for this, so I’m not going to be able to read a lot of classics this year but hopefully next year will see me reading quite a few classics!
I’m kind of excited about this. I’ve tried so hard to stay away – but deep down, I think I knew that it would only be a matter of time before I would join to be able to play with all the cool kids ;-)
I’ll post my list tomorrow or the day after.