Classics Challengers: Get to know W. Somerset Maugham

Too many things have been going on, which is why I haven’t posted since April 1 (yikes!). I hope I still have some of you with me.

This latest category was short stories, and though I chose it because I thought I could knock it out in an afternoon, it took much longer than I thought. Who would have thought that six short stories would have taken this long to read? Continue reading “Classics Challengers: Get to know W. Somerset Maugham”


Classics Challengers: It’s time for little gems

March is National Reading Month. To that end, I will read so much and post so often you will be sick of me by April 1.

If I’m not there already, I’m quickly becoming a crotchety old man. Or maybe I’m just a discerning old man.

fikryAnyway, I picked up “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin because I had seen it everywhere, my wife listened to it on CD, and it was compared to “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” which I loved.

I’m glad I listened to it on CD because I wouldn’t have been able to read it and roll my eyes at the same time. Continue reading “Classics Challengers: It’s time for little gems”

The reader who came in from the cold

Hey, Classics Challengers, long time no post. But I’m back.

Let’s see, we’ve read a novel by a woman and for the second book of this challenge, I said, let’s read a Russian novel. And let’s read it during winter, so we get the real feel of St. Petersburg or Moscow or wherever the novel may lead you.

idiotWell, I read Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 1869 novel “The Idiot” for reasons explained here. And for reasons explained here, you’ll see why I haven’t posted about this challenge for nearly a month. Continue reading “The reader who came in from the cold”

Classics Challengers: It’s off to Siberia

I’ve been putting off announcing the next category in the Classics Challenge 2015 because I’ve been waiting for more people to post reviews of the first category, a classic by a woman. But either people are slower readers than I am or maybe you dropped out or just don’t want to post, but it’s time to announce the second category: A Russian classic.

Really, there’s no better time to read a Russian novel than the middle of winter while the snow piles up outside. Light a fire, wrap yourself in a blanket and top off your glass of vodka. I can think of nothing better, frankly. Continue reading “Classics Challengers: It’s off to Siberia”

Still growing in Brooklyn

How are you doing, Classics Challengers? I’ve finished reading my first book; the category was a classic by a woman author. When you have finished yours, post your review in the comments section of this entry. I look forward to hearing what you read and what you thought about it. Continue reading “Still growing in Brooklyn”

Classics Challenge Clarification

As we embark on our Classics Challenge, I’m getting a lot of questions about “how” exactly to join and what you’re to do after you read your books. You’re right, I’ve been light on rules, because I don’t want this to be burdensome, but let’s put some easy parameters on this. Continue reading “Classics Challenge Clarification”

Hey Classics Challengers, time to get your women writers on

It’s a new year (almost) and time to begin the Classics Challenge 2015. I thought it would be a good idea to start out slowly.

The first category for our challenge is a classic by a woman author.

I say we’re starting out slowly because this category should be an easier sell than, say, the Russian category or the Science Fiction/Alternate World category. There are so many great books by women that I’m sure you won’t have any problem choosing one. Continue reading “Hey Classics Challengers, time to get your women writers on”