Greetings! How are all you lovers all things Classic doing today? Yes, I’m still a novice and my blog icon still fall under current princesses, but watch this face – one day I will be a Classic. Until then, I’ll just join my Mommy in her pursuit of The Classics Club Challenge. I think it’s more of an adventure than an actual challenge and as it goes with many adventures – it’s all about the journey and not the destination. That journey takes planning and careful consideration of what route to start off on.
That’s exactly why we were ever so excited when the The Classics Club Spin #25 landed on number 14. Our number 14 on this spin, was Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. I don’t think this story needs much of an introduction and it was one of those choices that everyone knows. Even the kids at school (they love Jules Verne).
One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover with his astonished valet Passepartout. Passing through exotic lands and dangerous locations, they seize whatever transportation is at hand—whether train or elephant—overcoming set-backs and always racing against the clock.
We listened to this version on Librivox and had to change our narrators twice. The first one would have been a very good person to know in the Zombi Apocalypse as his voice will make sure that all “sleeping” dogs stay sleeping and you one can merrily, but deadly quite, travel across the globe. The second one was much better and it was actually such a fun story and we loved the ending! My Mommy also tends to lose days here and there and that’s why she’s cutting this cut-off date very finely in deed.
The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by 30th January, 2021.
But just like Phileas Fogg – we’ve made it! The only question that remains now is: Do we also get a prize?
Our main reading challenge for 2021, is a spin-off on Around the World in Eighty Days
and we call it Around the World in Eighty Books.
While listening to this story early in January, my Mommy was contemplating going the same route as Phileas and Passepartout.
I’ve been reading with my Mommy now for the past 15 months and I tell you, this woman does not know how to stick to a plan. So no, although the Around the World in Eighty maps will definitely lead to amazing books, that level of commitment is completely out of my Mommy’s reach.
We did however start our journey around the world in eighty books, and so far we only got stuck in Africa a bit and at the moment we are confined to Regency England. If you should be interested, here’s where we’ve been to so far:
I still have faith that we will be able to complete 80 books, but will those 80 books be in 80 different destinations? We’ll have to wait and see.
What was your Classics Club spin #25 book? Did you have as much fun as we did?
Lots of Love,