Classics Club for February 2022

The Classics Club has issued a Club Dare 2.0 for February. From the Classics Club Blog:

During FEBRUARY we DARE you to tap into your inner romantic! Simply read a CLASSIC book from your #CClist that you classify as romantic, glamorous, sexy or alluring. It could even be a book or author that you are predisposed to LOVE (because of its topic, its reputation etc).

I already have three reads lined up for February that will likely take most of my time. But I didn’t want to pass up this opportunity to join in for The Classics Club fun! So I looked through my list…I scanned Goodreads list of romantic classics….and I’ve landed on quite a few on my Classics Club list that fit. I narrowed it down to the following:

  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • A Room With a View by E. M. Forster
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontรซ

All of these are so tempting! But since I already have some bigger reads in February (specifically 11/22/63), I probably need to opt for books that are shorter rather than longer. So I’ve further narrowed it down to:

  • A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

I am torn between the two so I ended up just making a decision to go with whichever one is shortest. And that would be The Importance of Being Earnest. Plus, it’s a play which is great because I like to read different styles from novels to short stories to essays to plays. So that will be perfect as my first play to read for 2022!

From the Goodreads Description for the Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition:

Oscar Wilde’s madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance. The rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high school curriculum for decades.

Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gwendolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack’s ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend the “rivals” to fight for Ernest’s undivided attention and the “Ernests” to claim their beloveds pandemonium breaks loose. Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!

I watched a film adaptation of this several years back but I honestly just don’t remember much about it! I think this sounds like some rollicking fun! Probably just what I’ll need in a month where I’m reading Stephen King’s 11/22/63! ๐Ÿ™‚

7 thoughts on “Classics Club for February 2022

  1. I look forward to 11/22/63 too. I read The Importance of Being Earnest in high school (read Doroian Gray twice in a semester and loved it and read the rest of the works in the collected works book I had) and liked it. This makes me want to reread some of Wilde’s works.

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    • I have The Picture of Dorian Gray on my TBR. I was looking up Wilde’s works and he’s actually written quite a number of essays and poems as well! Just about a week before we embark on 11/22/63!! ๐Ÿ™‚


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