At your blog, before next Monday, Monday 23, 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 September 23, 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 October 21, 2019.
I have just started my 2nd list of 50 classics, so I’m just picking the 20 oldest books on my list.
Some are quite long, like #1, some short:
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1767)
Xavier de Maistre
Voyage Autour de Ma Chambre (1794)
Edgar Allan Poe
The Masque of the Red Death (1842)
Henry David Thoreau
Civil Disobedience (1849)
On the Edge of the World (1875)
Robert Louis Stevenson
Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879)
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886)
Cyrano de Bergerac (1897) = reread
Machado de Assi
Dom Casmurro (1899)
Days of Reading (1905)
The Book of Tea (1906)
The Miner (1908)
Jakob von Gunten (1909)
To the Spring Equinox and Beyond (1910)
The Gate (1910)
Marie Belloc Lowndes
The Lodger (1913)
Parnassus on Wheels (1917)
Devils in Daylight (1918)
COME BACK ON SEPTEMBER 23 TO SEE WHICH BOOK I HAVE TO READ SOON.
HOW MANY HAVE YOU READ?
WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?
As you may know, I recently finished reading the whole of Don Quixote – yes even book 2! Phew! As I was slowly slowly reaching the end, I heard about Salman Rushdie’s new book: Quichotte. I thought this was the perfect coincidence to discover this new to me author, I know I know, it’s about time. I have listened to some conferences by him, I especially remember one where he talks about the books that were important in his life. I was awed by his vast culture, and he reminded me in that respect, and with his humor as well, of Umberto Eco, who used to be a close friend of his. I’m really glad I went into new territory and read Quichotte, here is why: