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Classic Reads Book Club – East of Eden by John Steinbeck

I wanted to let you know about this cool thing I’m participating in and even hosting a little bit!

Myself, Jen from Devourer of Books, Michelle from Galleysmith, and Heather from A Capricious Reader (and Beth from Beth Fish Reads, though she won’t be participating until 2011) have started a book club! The book club will read classics, and we’ll read four books a year, or one book per quarter. I’m sure you’re wondering why this is so awesome (Because it is. Awesome.). Let me tell you!

Lots of us want to read more classics! This is a way to do it!

One thing I want to do this year is try to delve into books more and try to get the message, the point, the author’s purpose in writing the book. I want my reading to go beyond, Oh, that was entertaining. The way the Classic Reads Book Club is set up, you’ll be able to do that because we’ll be discussing it in little chunks. You won’t have to worry about remembering things from too far back, because we’ll be discussing it as we go.

Since we’re discussing the book over 3 months, you can dip in and out of the book. You don’t have to worry about having to devote a week or two to one book. Instead, read the assigned portion, and then move on to another book!

There are so many benefits to the way we’re doing the Classic Reads Book Club. I hope you’ll join us!

You don’t need to do anything to join; all you need to do is read the book and join in on the discussion!

Our first book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Here’s the schedule:

January 25th – Section 1 (Chapters 1-11)
February 8th – Section 2 (Chapters 12-22)
February 22nd – Section 3 (Chapters 23-33)
March 8th – Section 4 (Chapters 34 – end)

Join us to discuss East of Eden at

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13 Responses to “Classic Reads Book Club – East of Eden by John Steinbeck”

  1. Steph

    Sounds like fun, and maybe I’ll get to join y’all a little bit later into your schedule – I do want to read more classics this year AND I do want to focus on re-reading books and authors I love, and East of Eden would satisfy that requirement quite handily! It’s a fantastic book, something I’ve been touting well before Oprah ever had her book club (though I think she may just have a little more sway than I do). My January is going to be pretty full as it is with reading some other books I have in the queue, but perhaps Feb will allow me to join in!


  2. Ali

    Love this idea. I’m in!


  3. Pam

    This is a great idea and a great way to read the classics. Brilliant! I, too, may join you. Not sure I’ll be able to read East of Eden. I’ve got two book club books I need to read by the 21st. But you never know.


  4. lilly

    Honestly, it sounds like a fantastic idea and I think I will join you girls. I like no real time constraints and the schedule that I believe will allow for better discussion.


  5. jennygirl

    I’m joining on the Atwood book. I want to read this Steinbeck book, but can’t at the moment. Have fun for me 🙂


  6. Darlene

    Oh gosh, you’re killing me. I’ve read this book twice and I sure wouldn’t mind reading it yet again.


  7. Dana

    Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors, and East of Eden is one of my favorites by him (second only to the Grapes of Wrath). I’m not sure if I’ll have time to reread it, but I’m definitely interested to see the discussion!


  8. Lu

    I’m putting East of Eden on my reader right now!


  9. Frankie

    Ooohhh, No I don’t think so. Loved the book, and both movies,but too much on Jan.schedule. Let me know about future books.


  10. bybee

    Oh, I love this book. Have a great time!


  11. Nari @ The Novel World

    Ooo, this sounds like a fun idea! One of my book club girls wants us to read East of Eden when its her month to lead (I think in a couple of months), but I may cheat and start reading it now.

    My boyfriend loves this book. He reads roughly 2 books a year (shame I know!) but East of Eden is always one of the two.


  12. Teddy

    I LOVE Steinbeck! You are in for a wonderful treat with East of Eden!


  13. zibilee

    Ooh! This sounds like such a wonderful idea! I have this book on my shelf and have not read it yet, so I would love to participate in this! Very, very cool, and a great way to get to more classics, which is one of my goals for the new year!! Thanks so much for posting this all inclusive invitation!


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