Welcome to Muse Inspired’s very first book club! These days with the ten million beautiful distractions waiting to charm your attentions away from all of the neglected books sitting on shelves, tables, counters, chairs, and occasionally the fish tank, it’s hard to make the time to read. Perhaps you have plenty of time to read, but the limitless options leaves you unable to make a decision on just which of those books need to be devoured first.

Myself, I tend to grab for the old faithfuls- genres I am comfortable with instead of branching out to try new things. Last year I joined a few book clubs and it was such a great experience reading books that I might never have picked out myself. Reading them with friends and sharing our thoughts about the books made it a lot more enticing to really sit down and read instead of spending a long evening soaking in adorable owl videos.

Each month Muse Inspired will be posting up a Book keeping to our chosen theme of the year for our very own book club. We encourage you to post in the comments or join one of our discussion areas to share your thoughts and opinions with other readers!

2018 Famous Classics from the 1800s

Why famous classics this year? These classics have influenced stories, movies, television, pop culture and more. As a book lover, I’ve always felt like I should read them at least once. Aside from our starting book this January, all books featured this year are ones I’ve not read myself, and I find a lot of people haven’t read them either!

Ready to join me for an old book adventure? I decided to start this year off easy with a book I’ve read- but that was way back in high school and now I remember nothing:

January’s Book: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

If you have ever wondered where those famous first few words came from: here is your book! Set against the forefront of the French Revolution you get to visit London and Paris in the late 1700s.

When you finish reading (or if you have read this book before) tell us how you feel about it in our comments or community!

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