Life continues it's crazy shenanigans, so much so that I've only just realised that I forgot to celebrate two major blogging milestones.
Two weeks ago was my 9th blogging anniversary!
I shouldn't forget this anniversary every year as it shares the date with B21's birthday. But, somehow, this year, 21 took precedence over 9! I'm still not sure how or why I chose to start my blog the night of his 12th birthday. Except that back then, by 8:30pm he and his younger brother would have been in bed which then gave Mr Books & I several lovely, quiet hours to potter around doing our own thing every evening. These days we're lucky to be done with dinner by 8:30pm!
My second HUGE milestone was finally completing my first Classics Club list.
It was 8 months overdue, with the final book being read and reviewed just before our trip to Japan...which is why I forgot all about it.
That's 65 classics in 5 and half years.
I loved revisiting some favourites, like my Jane Austen's and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the highlights included the 'new' discoveries like Willa Cather, Emile Zola, Vera Brittain, Wallace Stegner, Elizabeth Gaskell and Barbara Pym.
Many of these books were read thanks to a CC Spin, Austen in August, Sync Reading, AusReadingMonth or other readalong. That's why I've always loved The Classics Club, despite it's natural ebbs and flows, it has always been there quietly promoting the reading and enjoyment of classics.
So, what's next?
CC List #2 of course!
Another 65 books in 5 years. I actually started reading books off this list last year, so for about 6 months my two lists overlapped.
I've aimed for a greater degree of diversity in CC List #2. It features a number of biographies about classic authors, a number of annotated Austen's, a smattering of non-fiction classics with a mix of Japanese, Australian and books in translation as well.
To streamline my classics reading, I also separated out my Children's Classics and my Classics REreads. It's nice to have them sitting there waiting for when I need a comfort read.
Also waiting patiently are the TBR classics lurking and multiplying here - forming the basis for CC List #3!
I haven't had much time for reading lately, let alone reviewing or blogging. But my yucky winter cold is finally gone, our new business has now settled into a smooth manageable rhythm and I'm about to embrace a new challenge....but more of that later.