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?