I seem to be having a Classics Club binge this month, so I might as well go all out and participate in the monthly meme as well.
Here’s the prompt:
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 picked Jean of Howling Frog Books, one of my favorite blogs for its highly eclectic ramblings through all sorts of literary territory. I connected with Jean over our shared love of Diana Wynne Jones, but since then I’ve enjoyed reading all kinds of posts from her. If you’d like to connect with a smart, unpretentious reader who delves into both familiar and forgotten corners of world literature, check out Howling Frog. (And if you can figure out where the name came from, you are a master of obscure literary references yourself.)
A voracious reader of classics, Jean has two whopping and fantastic lists – she finished the first one already and is now on her second! I would love to be so well-read, but in comparison to her I’m proceeding at a snail’s pace, and barely touching vast realms like medieval and Asian literature that she’s delved into.
Still, we can all enjoy her brief, chatty posts, which often contain some interesting background information as well as a personal response. Here are a few covering some of the books on my own list (read and unread):
- Eugene Onegin
- Portrait of a Lady
- Tristram Shandy
- The Makioka Sisters
What member of the Classics Club would you feature?
9 thoughts on “Classics Club Meme: Featuring Jean from Howling Frog Books!”
Hey, thanks, Lory! It’s so kind of you to feature me. I’ve been wanting to do this meme too. I’m in recovery from my trip and have not yet even figured out what is in my fridge, but I’ll get there eventually….
Food comes first, then blogging.
I haven’t even finished my first classics club list and here Jean is with her second. I’m in awe
I know, and what a list. (Both of them.)
Well, I was in from day one, so that helped!
I love this! You and Jean are two of my best-beloved bloggers (also in part because of the Diana Wynne Jones connection — she brings people together!), so it is lovely that you also enjoy each other’s blogs. 😀
Diana Wynne Jones definitely brought me together with many of my favorite bloggers. We share excellent tastes for books of all eras.
I would, of course, feature you if I were to do a Classics Club member post! Unfortunately, apart from reviews I have so many unfinished draft posts and ideas for posts that I can’t see myself doing anything of the kind soon, sorry. But it’s good to see Jean get a feature even if I only occasionally get to see her posts. And now I’m reminded I still haven’t got round to rereading those Diana Wynne Jones books I promised myself.
Thanks Chris! It’s a pleasure to be part of this classics reading community. Glad you enjoyed the feature.