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Patricia | 971 comments Mod
If you're interested in reading some of the classics as a group or buddy read sign up here.

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Teresa Reid | 3 comments I’m keen

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Denise Lauron (dlauron) | 1 comments me!

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Audrey (audjvoss12) | 2 comments I am!

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Callum (callumthinks) | 3 comments For Sure

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Lily (storytimewithlily) Definite interested

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Mopple | 1 comments yes!

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Michelle (jacksally) | 31 comments interested

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Patricia | 971 comments Mod
This link is for an article on the Penguin Random House site that talks about some of the classics.


Some of the books don't fall into the classic category in my opinion. I don't think Beloved by Tony Morrison isn't old enough or popular enough to be a classic. I think The Color Purple is more of a classic than Beloved.

What do you consider a classic?

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Sonya marie madden | 6 comments Anything 50 years old or older--classic

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Patricia | 971 comments Mod
Thanks for that response Sonya. I agree Tony Morrison SHOULD NOT be on a classics list.

I'm going to get back to reading soon and will get this classic group going.

There is a site, which I will have to locate again, that has classics on it. It's set up so you get a certain amount of chapters at a time. I'm wondering if anyone would find that helpful.

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Michelle (jacksally) | 31 comments Are we going to choose a classic to read together?

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Yes any suggestions? I'm trying to get things back on track.

I know a lot of people said Dickens and I had picked a short one. Then my life blew up. 😕 Sorry but I'll get this going. Post your suggestions.

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Michelle (jacksally) | 31 comments I am not a big Dickens fan, but I will try to read it

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Patricia | 971 comments Mod
He's not my favorite either. Suggest anything. I want to read the Bronte's, Thomas Hardy, Henry James.

I think Henry James is an easier read than most.

Oh, and dang, I cannot think of her name. The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton Edith Wharton. The book I posted is not one of her best. She was part of New Port Rhode Island elite and wrote books about that time. She also spent a lot of time in England and was part of the nobility crowd.

And then there's Elizabeth Gaskell. I have a set of 3 BBC miniseries based on her books that I LOVE. If any if these authors look good let me know.

If not suggest away.

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Michelle (jacksally) | 31 comments I think a great start may be the Color Purple or if we have to read Charles Dickens maybe start with Great expectations.

Maybe try to keep the classic book reads to a lower amount of pages as well. I really don't want to try to read the Count of Monte Cristo again. So of the classics were very long reads.....

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The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

Daisy Miller by Henry James

Washington Square by Henry James

The Golden Bowl by Henry James

Michelle take a look at these books by Henry James and see if any interest you. His books have been made into movies because he's so relatable today - like Jane Austen. He's much easier to read though.

Everyone else take a look too. I think he may be an easy start.

message 18: by Michelle (last edited Jan 03, 2019 11:01AM) (new)

Michelle (jacksally) | 31 comments I could hop on reading Jane Austen! I think we should start with this!

message 19: by Patricia (new)

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Persuasion? I have two movie versions and neither answers enough questions. It's on my TBR list. So is Mansfield Park.

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