22 Oct 2011

What makes a classic?

This Guardian article about what makes a book a classic is worth a read.

So is the list of classics - both those within the article as well as the list at the end. The ones mentioned in the Comments are interesting too.

What are you reading right now?

The Borrowers Afield for us as a bedtime read-aloud. Jemimah's reading Return to Gone-Away. I've just started 44 Scotland Street and finished Passing On. Hubby is half way through Scarpetta. Together the adults are reading A Song for Nagasaki: The Story of Takashi Nagai-Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb.

Goodies in The Book Bag include: The Last Battle, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, Justin Morgan had a Horse, The Family at Misrule and Johnny Tremain.

There is more than a smattering of classics in there. Maybe some future classics as well?

Talk to me!


  1. As a read-aloud we did "Raggedy Ann" . It is free on kindle, but if you want to see the illustrations go to Project Gutenberg.

    Anyway our new cat has been bringing us presents-a mole, bird, mouse and bat. Just now ds found her outside with a live mole. Every time it reached the hole, the cat would drag it back. JUST like the cat inRaggedy Ann.

  2. I have a Mary Higgins Clark book by my bed for light reading at night. Apart from that, I am reading blog posts and facebook. There maybe some classic posts on some of the blogs I am reading but I don't think there is any on facebook lol.

    Anyway, I have passed the Stylish Blogger award onto your blog Jeanne. You are such a stylish blogger and I love reading here.

  3. I'm in the middle of reading Holes to the kids - not a classic, but interesting nonetheless. I have been in a dry spell here, and kind of stalled in the middle of several different things, mostly non-fiction. Hubby is always reading some book about nuclear disaster these days. So not fun.

    I am hoping to start The Keys of the Kingdom (Cronin) this weekend - if I can manage to finish Holes for the kids - they won't give me a minute's peace to read by myself until I do!

  4. I love it when you post about books! I've taken many suggestions from the books mentioned in the posts and comments here, like the book I finished last night, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. Not quite a future classic IMO, but some good characters. I'm also thoroughly enjoying my first reading of Watership Down - now that's a classic. :) Reading and re-reading and RE-READING The Very Hungry Caterpillar with DS. But that's a classic too, so all is well. Trying to get DD interested in Blinky Bill but at the moment she'd rather read about trains.

  5. Yeah for "44 Scotland Street" Patrick and I have listened to all of them and love them. I haven't read any of them in a print book--always the unabridged audio (diito "Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! for the Penderwicks and Gone Away Lake--two of Bethany's favorites (I love the Penderwicks too!)

    Right now the classic I'm reading is Dracula! I've never read it and its surprisingly good.


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