The Classics Club
The Classics Spin #20
Twitter hashtag: #ccspin
For Classics Spin #14, I got #1: A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin
For Classics Spin, #15, I got #12: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?by Philip K. Dick
For Classics Spin, #16, I got #4: Arsène Lupin, by Maurice Leblanc
For Classics Spin, #17, I got #3: The Face of Another, by Kobo Abe (not yet reviewed!!)
For Classics Spin, #19, I got #1: A Moveable Feast
The Dream of the Red Chamber
I have until end of May to read and review it. No big deal in itself, but I have lots of oher books to read for review at the same time.
I’m really curious, this is new territory for me.
According to Goodreads:
“It is one of China’s Four Great Classical Novels. It was composed in the middle of the 18th century during the Qing Dynasty. It is considered to be a masterpiece of Chinese vernacular literature and is generally acknowledged to be a pinnacle of Chinese fiction. “Redology” is the field of study devoted exclusively to this work.
The novel is remarkable not only for its huge cast of characters and psychological scope, but also for its precise and detailed observation of the life and social structures typical of 18th-century Chinese aristocracy.”
It’s never too late to challenge yourself to (re)discover the classics and connect and have fun with other Classics lovers. See what this is all about.
HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK?
WHAT DID YOU THINK?
IF YOU ARE MEMBER OF THE CLASSICS CLUB,
WHAT IS YOUR #?
MY FULL CLASSICS CLUB LIST IS HERE
Inspired by book blogger Davida, at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog, herself inspired by a couple of other bloggers (see here for instance). I plan to post about it on Saturdays, except the 1st Sat of the month, when I usually feature another meme.
The rules are simple:
- Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf from oldest to new
- Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see
- Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.
RESULTS FOR PREVIOUS READ OR SKIP
20, 21 and 23: skip
Read the others.
READ OR SKIP #7
Let’s see what YOU think about these 8 titles today.
24) Sacré Bleu
- This sounds like a mix of many things: humor (hmm, not sure about this), historical fiction, fantasy (hmm), mystery, and romance (hmm!)
- BUT should I try this author?
SKIP, unless you convince me otherwise
25) The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci
- I think someone told me this was fantastic.
- BUT the average Goodreads ratings is not high.
26) The History of English spelling
- “The History of English Spelling reveals the history of Modern English spelling, tracing its origins and development from Old English up to the present day.” Totally my type of thing.
29) Language Myths and the History of English
- Yes, I noticed the numbers are not in order, but that’s they are currently displayed on my Goodreads list. Weird.
- The synopsis leaves me uninterested.
- Sounds like a great novella by Aira.
27) The Letter Killers Club
- Classic Russian literature!
30) Barney’s Version
- This one was highly recommended to me.
- And I haven’t read many Canadian authors.
31) The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
- “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time tells the story of Kazuko Yoshiyama, a third-year middle school student who accidentally acquires the ability to time travel after an unfortunate accident in a school science lab. “
- Not sure I’ll like that, but it’s short, and an opportunity to discover another Japanese author.
What do YOU think? Should I skip more than two? What t do with #25?
HAVE YOU READ THESE?
READ OR SKIP?
I ALSO WELCOME SUGGESTIONS
FOR GOOD BOOKS ON SIMILAR THEMES
Man Booker International Prize 2019 Shadow Panel shortlist
This year, our Shadow Panel counts 11 judges. Everyone worked really hard and most judges read most of the 13 books featured on the longlist.
Here is the shortlist our Shadow Panel came up with:
As you can see, our Shadow Panel shortlist has 5 books in common with the official shortlist – just as mine also had 5 in common with the official list, but with a different 6th title.
This is all pretty similar.
This is probably due to the fact that the longlist was rather weak this year, without too many outstanding titles.
And as most the books were very fairly short, our team of judges managed to read a lot. I’m amazed I personally managed to read 12, in so few weeks.
“Every book was read by at least 8 judges, and most by at least ten (Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead was the only one with everyone’s score).
Our winner will be announced on May 21, a few hours before the official winner is announced.
NB: the book I would pick as the winner is on the official shortlist and the Shadow Panel shortlist!
If you want more details, come this way to read our chairman’s post.
DID YOU READ THESE TITLES?
WHICH ONE WOULD BE YOUR WINNER?