Back in the Spring, I signed up for the Blog a Penguin Classic scheme. Penguin send a free review copy of one of their Classic titles and, in return, the lucky recipient writes a short review for the Penguin Classics site.
I'd almost forgotten all about it, since it took so long materialising, but my copy of Balzac's History of the Thirteen arrived yesterday and I now have six weeks in which to read it and post my review. I'm very slightly ashamed to confess that I've never read any Balzac before, but a quick flick through this one has proved quite encouraging.
The reviews others have posted on the Penguin site seem pretty brief. Brevity not featuring anywhere on the (shortish) list of my virtues, however, I shall probably post some slightly more e-x-t-e-n-d-e-d thoughts on History of the Thirteen here in due course.
I know that lots of my favourite bloggers signed up for a Penguin Classic too. What did you get? Was it a pleasant surprise or a nasty shock? Will your book be a struggle or a joy to read over the summer?