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The End of The Classics Circuit

My second child, my daughter named “Strawberry” for the purposes of public blogging, was born more than six months ago! She’s adorable, and my son Raisin loves being a big brother. This is obviously a very belated post to say that I will not be starting up The Classics Circuit again. I will keep this blog open for your reference. If you are looking for your next reading ideas, check the “Past Tours” archive for ideas.

Over the past few years, I put a lot of time into this blog and organizing The Classics Circuit. I also had other bloggers helping me. However, I no longer have the time necessary to coordinate “blog tours” of the classic authors. Also, the blogging world changes, and I don’t see the need for it right now.

Instead, I refer you to the incredible and inspiring project called The Classics Club. This is a blog for challenging yourself in your own way, but it also provides links to other bloggers who read the classics. They also encourage you to share the classics mini-challenges you are giving yourself. I find it very encouraging, and I hope to participate more fully as I find time to do so.

Thanks for all your support in the past, and I wish you the best as you read the Classics!

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Classics Circuit Hiatus: Classics Reading Challenges

Hello all! I hope you are busy enjoying your last months of 2011.

Although I had intended to post about the next tour in November (to be held in January), I’ve decided it’s time for a hiatus from The Classics Circuit. For those of you who follow my personal blog, you’ll know that I’m currently pregnant with my second child. Baby is due at the end of February, and in order to make life a little less stressful, I’m ready to take a break from The Classics Circuit now (as evidenced by the fact that I never got the next tour information up!).

I still really enjoy running The Classics Circuit. Assuming all goes well and I adjust to a newborn in a timely fashion, I do hope to pull together another tour by next summer or fall, but given how I’ve not yet experienced life with TWO children, we’ll have to see how things go.

I, of course, still love the classics, and I hope you decide to continue reading them on your own. If you are interested in community projects similar to The Classics Circuit, here are some that may appeal to you. You can also browse A Novel Challenge for more reading projects, challenges, and readalongs. If you are hosting a reading challenge (classic-focused or otherwise), fill out a form on that site to be included on the listings.

In the meantime, I hope you keep reading the greats of literature!

  • The Beauty of Eclectisicm is hosting a 2012 Medieval Reading Challenge. She encourages you to read 4, 8 or 12 works written between 400 and 1550 B.C.E. during the year 2012. She provides reading list ideas on her site.
  • Sarah Reads Too Much is hosting a 2012 Back to the Classics Challenge. She encourages you to read 9 different classic works in 9 different categories during the year 2012. There is a prize drawing for those who complete the challenge before the end of the year.
  • Howling Frog Books is hosting a 2012 Greek Classics Challenge. She has four different reading levels you can sign up at, from 1 Greek classic to 11+. She encourages you to post a sign-up post on your blog and to post on your blog when you’ve finished a work for the challenge.
  • Fig and Thistle is hosting a January 2012 Charles Dickens Month in honor of his 200th birthday. She encourages you to post about something related to Charles Dickens on each Tuesday in January (there are five). Those who post on Tuesdays will be entered into a drawing and mentioned on the round-up post on February 7 (Dickens’ actual birthday).

I found these challenges and projects on the A Novel Challenge blog.

Are you also hosting a classics-themed yearly or mothly project?

I know there are more out there. Let me know below, with a link to your post about the challenge, and I’ll add it to this site.

Happy reading in 2012!


The Classics Circuit Appreciates YOU

Although The Classics Circuit is on an extended vacation right now, I want to put a shout out to all past participants of the Classics Circuit tours. It’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week and I certainly appreciate all you.

It was during BBAW last year that I mentioned on my blog the crazy brilliant idea of sponsoring classic authors through a “blog tour,” and from those discussions, The Classics Circuit was born. I have loved visiting your blogs through the past year as we’ve highlighted everything from Wilkie Collins to Emile Zola and Georgette Heyer.

Here’s to you: thank you for your participation and support!

You are appreciated!

From Rebecca

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Feedback Survey!

It’s your turn!

Please tell us what you enjoy about the Classics Circuit and what you’d like to see in the future by filling out the feedback survey. It’s about 15 brief questions, and it shouldn’t take you long.

You don’t need to have participated in tours to fill out the survey, although it may be easier to answer some of the questions if you have been. You just have to be interested in the past and future of the Circuit.

Survey is now closed.

To avoid any confusion, I’ve turned off comments on this post. Please leave your feedback on the survey. The last page has a text box where you can share any general comments you may have.

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Sign Up Extended

Happy new year to all Classics Circuit Participants!

Because of the holiday, we will be extending the sign up for the February 2010 Harlem Renaissance tour until the morning of January 2, 2010. There are numerous options to choose from, including poets (such as Langston Hughes) and fiction (like Zora Neale Hurston and James Weldon Johnson).

We’ll send out assignments this weekend, so make sure you sign up soon!

This week we’ll also be posting some recaps of the Victorian tours we hosted in November and December. I sure had fun following Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell, and I hope you did too!

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Week Six of the Elizabeth Gaskell Tour

This week, Gaskell visits visits the final four stops on her tour..

Elizabeth Gaskell blog stops for Monday, December 21st through Thursday, December 24th:

December 21, 2009 – Shelf Love Review: North and South

December 22, 2009 – Medieval Bookworm Review: Ruth

December 23, 2009 – A Book Lover Review: Cranford

December 24, 2009 – Michelle’s Masterful Musings Review: North and South

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Week Six of Wilkie Collins Tour and Week Four of Elizabeth Gaskell Tour

This is our final week of Wilkie Collins, he had a great run on a fabulous group of blogs, but not to worry Elizabeth Gaskell is still going strong for the next few weeks. Please join these classic authors as they visit the next line-up of blogs!

Wilkie Collins blog stops for Monday, December 7  through Friday, December 11th:

December 8, 2008 – It’s All About Books Review: Hide and Seek

December 9, 2009 – Books of Mee Review: The Woman in White

December 10, 2009 – Linus’s Blanket General: An Overview of Wilkie Collins

Elizabeth Gaskell blog stops for Monday, December 7th through Friday, December 11th:

December 7, 2009 – Books and Chocolate Review: short stories My Lady Ludlow and Dr. Harrison

December 8, 2009 – Melanie’s Musings Review: Wives and Daughters

December 9, 2009 – The Bluestocking Society Review: North and South

December 10, 2009 – So Many Books Review: Lois the Witch

December 11, 2009 – Eclectic/Eccentric Review: Cranford


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Don't Miss Sign Up: Get Notified

If you do not frequently check the RSS feed or visit this site, you may need an extra reminder of sign ups for future Circuits. I’ve added an email sign up feature to The Classics Circuit. If you’d like to be notified when sign up is open, enter your email.

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Logo and Buttons

You have one more day to get in your votes in for the American tour! If you haven’t already voted, go do so!

We are so excited for the beginning of the Wilkie Collins Circuit next week. Thanks so much for your eagerness to celebrate the classics!

In the mean time, I created a logo for The Classics Circuit. Trisha also made up some buttons. Feel free to use them on your site if you are participating in the upcoming tours or even if you just feel like having a button!

I do ask that you download them to your own computer.

The Classic Circuit Logo



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Big Plans for Future Tours

Just one more week until the beginning of the first Classics Circuit, Wilkie Collins, and I’m getting giddy! If you are participating in that tour, make sure the schedule we’ve posted is what you are expecting. I hope we haven’t missed anyone!

If you’d like, you  may add a sentence to your post that welcomes Wilkie Collins to “The Classics Circuit” and you can link to the full Collins Circuit schedule posted on this site so your blog readers can see where he’s been and where he is going. Likewise, Gaskell participants may want to direct their readers to the full Gaskell Circuit schedule.

I’m so excited for all the interest. I hope you are enjoying your reading!

For the January-to-February Tour, we’ve settled on American authors.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) through Saturday will be a poll of four American writers from which we’ll choose the January Circuit. Please note that if we have huge interest in more than one author, we’ll do overlapping tours as we did for the Victorians. Come back tomorrow to choose one of the four that you’d love to see on tour!

Sign up for the American January-to-February tour(s) will begin in November, probably the second week.

For the February-to-March tour, we won’t have a vote: we’ll be doing a thematic tour. We’re not sure how the theme will work, as compared to the author tours, but I’m excited because it’s an awesome theme. In honor of U.S. Black History month, we’ll be doing a Harlem Renaissance tour. We’re still working on the details (and we’ll get an information post up with reading options, as we did for the other tours). Sign up will be in December.

If you’re interested in the tours, here are some basics: Tours run Monday through Fridays. We’ll start assigning days the beginning of January and we’ll assign participants Monday through Friday until all participatns are assigned. Because we “assign” a day that the author will “visit” your blog, we like to know which days you are unable to host or which days your prefer. We need to know about other “tours” you’re doing that tie up your blog, weeks you’ll be out of town, and details like “I don’t want to host on Fridays.” Let us know that information when you sign up for the tour so the day we assign might work best for the tour.

We’re always looking for your suggestions on future tours. Fill out the Suggest a Tour form so we’ll have your ideas to work with!

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