Classics Club Meet and Greet…

The Classics Club Meme – June 2018

The Classics Club meme for June encourages us all to get to know each other better. Here’s the task…

We want you to mingle. Go to our member list and select a fellow classics clubber you’d like to feature on your blog. This can be someone who is active within the Classics Club, someone quiet who inspires with his/her posts, someone new to the club or scarce whom you’d like the club to meet. S/he can be a friend of yours, or someone you’ve never met. Tell readers why you value this club member. Highlight at least one post from his/her blog.

I must say firstly, I think this is a great idea and secondly, it made me feel quite guilty for not making more effort to seek out new CC members and introduce myself. In my defence, I’m not sure what the best way to find new members is – not everyone uses the introduction page. If any other members have found a good way of spotting new members, please let me know.

For the purposes of this month’s meme, I decided to highlight a couple of my existing blog buddies who’ve joined up recently, and then I also followed the suggestion and visited the member list, where I looked for people who have joined recently and whom I haven’t “met” before. Not only was this fun to do, but I’m hoping I’ve made at least one new blog buddy!

So here they are. Please meet, greet and visit…

Cleopatra Loves Books

I’m pretty certain nearly all of you will already know the lovely Cleo and her great, enthusiastic reviews, but I wanted to include her because I was so pleased she decided to join the Classics Club, and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying her classics reviews to date. I’m also delighted that her list includes some classic crime along with the more traditional classics, and that she’s included some of the books I’ve reviewed (or nagged her about 😉 ), including The Gowk Storm (a book everyone should read) and an actual science fiction classic, Chocky by John Wyndham – I’ve been trying to get her to read a sci-fi book for about five years now, so I can’t wait for her review of that one!

Here’s a link to her Classics Club list – click here.

And here’s one of her CC reviews I particularly enjoyed…

The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin

…mainly because this book is also on my TBR so I was delighted that it got the Cleo five-star seal of approval.

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Big Reading Life

Laila is also an existing blog buddy of mine whom I’m sure lots of you already know and follow. She joined the club in February and I’ve been enjoying her reviews and also enjoying her throwing herself into the club by participating in the spins, etc. Laila’s list has lots of my favourite authors and books on it (Dickens, Conan Doyle, HG Wells, etc), so I can’t wait to hear what she thinks of them. And I’m still on my little ego-trip, because Laila has also included The Gowk Storm on my recommendation. Hurrah! (Did I mention it’s a book everyone should read?)

Here’s a link to her Classics Club list – click here.

And here’s one of her CC reviews I particularly enjoyed…

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

…even though she admitted to not enjoying the film of the book, which I adore. Still, it just means I’ll have to pester her until she re-watches it often enough to learn to love it… 😉

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Books by the Cup

I’m excited to introduce Books by the Cup to you, since I’ve only just met her myself! She joined the Classics Club in March this year, just one month after she began blogging! Her list has lots of Austen and lots of Dickens so I know we’re going to get along. And it’s got Moby Dick on it! My regulars will all know exactly how I feel about that particular “classic”! Rumour has it that she’ll be reviewing it soon – can’t wait to compare notes. She doesn’t have The Gowk Storm on her list, but she probably just doesn’t know yet that it’s a book everyone should read… 😉

Welcome to the club, Books by the Cup!

Here’s a link to her Classics Club list – click here.

And here’s one of her CC reviews that I particularly enjoyed…

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

…mainly because it’s a great review of the Austen novel which I think is the best (although I enjoy P&P most). Books by the Cup says “Is this my favorite Austen? No. Did I like it? Yes. Did I laugh and hold my breath in anticipation of what was to come? Yes. However, as was the case with Pride and Prejudice, I might appreciate it better the second time around…” and anybody who wants to re-read Austen is clearly a kindred spirit!

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If you don’t already know any of these excellent bloggers, I’m delighted to recommend them to you.


32 thoughts on “Classics Club Meet and Greet…

  1. What a rowdy bunch of miscreants we have here – I have ensured to follow them all at once! As you know, I do love a good classic – I love a bad one even more as the reviews are very entertaining! This is a great idea to help us find our kindred spirits 🙂

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  2. What a great idea to meet and greet other CC members, FictionFan! I’m a fan of Cleo’s blog already, so it’s great you featured her here. And now, I have two other blogs to check out. The blog titles alone get my attention…

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    • I used to actively seek out new bloggers but I’ve got lazy about it recently, so this was a good encouragement to make an effort. There are so many great book bloggers – if only I had time to read them all! 😀

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  3. What a great idea! Especially as I now have a new blogger to check out as I already know Alaina. As far as The Gowk Storm goes, in the words of that brilliant Meatloaf song ‘Two Out of three ain’t bad!’ As for Chocky…

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  4. Thanks for hosting this meet and greet. I didn’t know any of the other CC members and am happy to meet them and read their reviews. This is a wonderful idea and introducing me by sharing my Austen analysis. 😊

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  5. Glad to see that you’re back (though I just noticed a review from you the other day). Nice to meet your fellow CC members. 😀

    For the record Persuasion is my favorite of Jane Austen’s books.

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    • Had to concentrate on Rafa for a week! 😀 Yes, they’re a good bunch – but don’t tell them I said so… 😉

      Hmm… I do love Persuasion but then I love them all. Captain Wentworth just isn’t Darcy though…


  6. What a great idea, meeting, greeting, and introducing! You’ve done a good job with this post, FF; now I have a few more blogs to check out. It’s so much fun finding connections like this online!

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  7. Thank you SO much, FF, for including me on your list! I can’t wait to check out Books By the Cup and I already love Cleo’s reviews. I’ve finished one more classic on my list (Maya Angelou’s Gather Together in My Name) recently but am still woefully behind on reviews. I can’t wait to read The Gowk Storm! I need to procure myself a copy as my library system doesn’t have it. (Boooooooo!)

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    • My pleasure! 😀 I haven’t read any Maya Angelou so I’ll be interested to hear what you think of that one. I’m way behind too at the moment and just don’t seem able to put my mind to it – all this unexpected sunshine! That’s one of the problems with these Scottish classics – they’re not always easy to get hold of. 😦

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  8. This is such a lovely idea (and sooooo much nicer than getting all hot under the bra strap about CPG and her utopian ladies) 😂 I came across Books by the Cup through your original classics club post (where I muscled in without a by your leave I now realise, and for which I apologise most humbly 😣) Her moby dick review is sitting here in my inbox – as soon as I saw it I thought of you. You are clearly kindred spirits if your views tally on Austen AND Moby!!

    And about The Gowk Storm… I am working up to a complete overhaul of my cclist… The amended version will include Gowk 😊 Your recruitment drive is going well!

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    • Haha! My post is all female though so perhaps I was subconsciously being misandristic… 😉 Muscle in any time – I love when people chit-chat and meet each other via each other’s blogs. It makes it feel like a party!

      I loved her Moby Dick review! I was so scared she’d be saying it was wonderful… 😉

      Hurrah! I have clearly perfected my brainwashing techniques! You won’t regret it… 😉


    • Ha, yes, very few of the members seem to do the memes, but I always think they’re fun and a great way to get to know other members. Glad you popped by! 😀


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