The Classics Club
The Classics Spin #20
Time for a new spin!
At your blog, before next Monday, Monday 22, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.
This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the year. Try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, re-reads, ancients — whatever you choose.)
On Monday 22nd April, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by 31st May, 2019.
So here are my 20 books:
- The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
- Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Travels With Charley, by John Steinbeck
- The Baron in the Trees, by Italo Calvino
- Solaris, by Stanislas Lem
- Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
- Fantômas, by Marcel Allain
- To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf
- A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams
- Satantango, by Laszlo Krasznahorkai
- We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin
- Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Le dictionnaires des idées reçues, by Gustave Flaubert
- The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole
- North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Oblomov, by Ivan Goncharov
- Xingu, by Edith Wharton
- Confusion, by Stefan Zweig
- The Dream of the Red Chamber, by Cao Xueqin
- Kusamakura, by Natsume Soseki
COME BACK ON APRIL 22
TO SEE WHICH BOOK I HAVE TO READ SOON.
WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?
I really enjoyed We. It’s fast paced and I was a little shocked by what Zamyatin had imagined in th early 20’s. He was definitely ahead of his time.
Thanks for your comment. I would love to have that #!
I’ve put my author bio’s of Woolf & Gaskell in the same number position as your novels by these authors, so if we spin 8 or 15 we have an almost shared reading experience 🙂
funny! we’ll see if 8 and 15 make any difference in the draw!! But I actually dread both!!
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Oh, so many good ones! I loved To The Lighthouse. The Castle of Otranto I laughed my way through but I’m not sure if that was the hoped for effect, lol! Have a great spin and enjoy all the snow I see on Instagram!
Now, this Otranto effect is intriguing! Snow in April is definitely NOT fun to me, well, it never is anyway, but even less now.
I’ve found Faulkner almost impossible to read! John Steinbeck is really good, though.
oh wow, we’ll see. Though I loved As I Lay Dying, and many people don’t
The Baron In The Trees is one of my all-time favorite books, so in a way I’m hoping you get that. But I followed Brona’s example & put my Woolf book (The Waves) in slot 8, so that would be fun, too.
It looks like a very fun list.
I love Italo Calvino, but haven’t read that one yet, yes, I want it!
Travels with Charley is just wonderful, it was my first Steinbeck and I’ve loved nearly all of his other novels so far. North and South is also excellent, and Xingu is HILARIOUS — Edith Wharton wrote so many great stories! Good luck with your spin pick!
oh wow, I had never associated Xingu and hilarious in my mind, good to know!
Great list! I have read many of them.
any special one you wish me to get this time?
What a great list! I didn’t put The Sound and the Fury on mine, but I can’t wait to read it. (I really liked As I Lay Dying.) North and South is one of my favorite books, and Castle of Otranto was such a fun, quick read, so both would make good spin reads. I hope you get one you love!
good to know that Castle of Otranto is fun and quick!
Some familiar titles but many I don’t know at all! Every time I read someone’s CC Spin list, I start adding titles to my TBR. LOL! Hope you get a book you enjoy.
Same here, I’m always amazed by the amount of Classics I have never heard of when I visit other lists
You have so many god ones 🙂 I loved The Baron in the Trees and Love in the Time of Cholera – so, I hope you get those!
I enjoy a lot Italo Calvino, but haven’t raed that one yet, so yes it would be nice!
Thank you so much for this. Your blog always inspires me. I love classics and read them constantly, From your list I have read #s 2, 8, 9, 12, and 19, all worthwile reads.
So, I really had to join your challenge because while I read many classic books all year long, I feel there are never enough. I have read four classics this year but they are all more than a hundred years old, three more are older than fifty yeras.
Here is my post.
Welcome Marianne, so happy you discovered The Classics Club through me. I just left a comment on your blog
Hope it’ll be 15 or 16 for you. I really love both of those books.
I would love 16 as well
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