January 08, 2010

English 101: The Harper Perennial Classics Book Club

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A few weeks ago, Kayleigh (of our library marketing team and the Roaring Twenties blog) and I got to talking about rereading the classics—or reading them for the first time. We’re constantly reading amazing new books, and we love it, but sometimes it leaves us with little time to revisit old favorites or read the books that we really should have read a long time ago. But not anymore!

We’re thrilled to announce English 101: The Harper Perennial Classics Book Club. It’s fairly simple—each month in 2010, Kayleigh and I will read a classic work and review it here on the Olive Reader and on Roaring Twenties. But we don’t want this book club to be just about us! We’d love it if you read along, too, and we’re happy to make it worth your while. On the designated review day (which will usually be the last weekday of a given month), if you blog, twitter, or even just comment on one of our blogs about that month’s book, you’ll be entered to win a copy of the next month’s classic.

For January, we’ve picked a book that I’ve been wanting to read again for a long time—A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! And since this is our first month, all you have to do to win a copy is comment below on why you’d like to read (or re-read) it. I’ll pick five winners, and then we can all get down to reading!

And if you’d like to plan ahead, here is our tentative schedule for the year:

Jan- Tree Grows in Bklyn
Feb – Brave New World
March – Poisonwood Bible
April – So Big
May – Daughter of Fortune
June – To Kill a Mockingbird
July – The Sheltering Sky
August – One Hundred Years of Solitude
September – The Golden Notebook
October – Native Son
November – Unbearable Lightness of Being
December – Their Eyes Were Watching God