The Classics Club: The Classics Spin #29

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The Classics Club
2020-2025

The Classics Spin #29

Time for a new spin!

At your blog, before Sunday, March 20, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

On Sunday March 20, 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 April 30, 2022.

Here are 20 titles I have selected from my 3rd list of 50 classics.
A lot of mysteries

1 Italo Calvino The Baron in the Trees
2 Marcel Allain Fantômas
3 Edmond Rostand Cyrano de Bergerac (1897) = reread
4 Machado de Assi Dom Casmurro (1899)
5 Robert Walser Jakob von Gunten (1909)
6 A. A. Milne The Red House Mystery (1922)
7 Edna Ferber* So Big (1924)
8 Freeman Wills Crofts Inspector French’s Greatest Case (1924)
9 Dorothy L. Sayers* Clouds of Witness (1926)
10 Stefan Zweig Confusion (1927)
11 Josephine Tey* The Man in the Queue (1929)
12 Eric Ambler Epitaph for a Spy (1938)
13 Cornell Woolrich The Bride Wore Black (1940)
14 various authors The Floating Admiral (1931)
15 Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep (1939)
16 Antal Szerb The Pendragon Legend (1934)
17 Jean Giono Le chant du monde (1934)
18 Rex Stout Fer-de-Lance (1934)
19 Daphne du Maurier* Jamaica Inn (1935)
20 Sinclair Lewis It Can’t Happen Here (1935)

COME BACK ON MONDAY 21
TO SEE WHICH BOOK I HAVE TO READ SOON.
HOW MANY HAVE YOU READ?
WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?

MY FULL LIST IS HERE

The Classics Club: The Classics Spin #28

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#theclassicsclub
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The Classics Club
2020-2025

The Classics Spin #28

Time for a new spin!

At your blog, before Sunday, October 17th, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

On Sunday October 17, 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 December 12, 2021.

Here are 20 titles I have selected from my 3rd list of 50 classics.
4 of the following titles are nonfiction.
9 are mysteries.

1 Xavier de Maistre Voyage Autour de Ma Chambre (1794)
2 Edmond Rostand Cyrano de Bergerac (1897) = reread
3 Robert Walser Jakob von Gunten (1909)
4 A. A. Milne The Red House Mystery (1922)
5 Freeman Wills Crofts Inspector French’s Greatest Case (1924)
6 Dorothy L. Sayers* Clouds of Witness (1926)
7 Stefan Zweig Confusion (1927)
8 Josephine Tey* The Man in the Queue (1929)
9 Virginia Woolf* A Room of One’s Own (1929)
10 Edmund Wilson Axel’s Castle: A Study of the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930 (1931)
11 George Orwell Down and Out in Paris and London (1933)
12 Ngaio Marsh* A Man Lay Dead (1934)
13 Rex Stout Fer-de-Lance (1934)
14 Charles Williams Descent into Hell (1937)
15 Eric Ambler Epitaph for a Spy (1938)
16 Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep (1939)
17 Cornell Woolrich The Bride Wore Black (1940)
18 Adolfo Bioy Casares The Invention of Morel (1940)
19 Italo Calvino The Baron in the Trees
20 Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse

COME BACK ON MONDAY 18
TO SEE WHICH BOOK I HAVE TO READ SOON.
HOW MANY HAVE YOU READ?
WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?

MY FULL LIST IS HERE

The top 8 books to read in February 2020

Here are

The top 8 books
I plan to read in February 2020

Click on the covers to know more

CURRENTLY READING

Norwegian Wood  

📚 Norwegian Wood
Reading with the Murakami online book club
“Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.”

A magnificent blending of the music, the mood, and the ethos that was the sixties with the story of one college student’s romantic coming of age, Norwegian Wood brilliantly recaptures a young man’s first, hopeless, and heroic love.

📚 Theological Territories: A David Bentley Hart Digest
Received for review through Edelweiss
Release date: April 15, by University of Notre Dame Press

See my notes so far

READING NEXT

Second Sister  The Ten loves of Mr Nishino

The Missing Sister   Inhabitation

📚 Second Sister
Received for review through Edelweiss
Release date: February 18
“An up-to-the-minute tale of a Darwinian digital city where everyone from tech entrepreneurs to teenagers is struggling for the top.
A schoolgirl—Siu-Man—has committed suicide, leaping from her twenty-second floor window to the pavement below. Siu-Man is an orphan and the librarian older sister who’s been raising her refuses to believe there was no foul play—nothing seemed amiss. She contacts a man known only as N.—a hacker, and an expert in cybersecurity and manipulating human behavior. But can Nga-Yee interest him sufficiently to take her case, and can she afford it if he says yes?
What follows is a cat and mouse game through the city of Hong Kong and its digital underground, especially an online gossip platform, where someone has been slandering Siu-Man. The novel is also populated by a man harassing girls on mass transit; high school kids, with their competing agendas and social dramas; a Hong Kong digital company courting an American venture capitalist; and the Triads, market women and noodle shop proprietors who frequent N.’s neighborhood of Sai Wan. In the end it all comes together to tell us who caused Siu-Man’s death and why, and to ask, in a world where online and offline dialogue has increasingly forgotten about the real people on the other end, what the proper punishment is.”

📚 The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino
Received for review through Edelweiss
Release date: June 2019!
Will be reading for the Japanese Literature Challenge #13.
Though it sounds very familiar, I may have already read it!!
“Each woman has succumbed, even if only for an hour, to that seductive, imprudent, and furtively feline man who drifted so naturally into their lives. Still clinging to the vivid memory of his warm breath and his indecipherable sentences, ten women tell their stories as they attempt to recreate the image of the unfathomable Nishino.
Like a modern Decameron, this humorous, sensual, and touching novel by one of Japan’s best-selling and most beloved writers is a powerful and embracing portrait of the human comedy in ten voices. Driven by desires that are at once unique and common, the women in this book are modern, familiar to us, and still mysterious. A little like Nishino himself.”

📚 The Missing Sister
Received for review for Criminal Element
Release date: April 1st
“Shayna Darby is finally coming to terms with her parents’ deaths when she’s delivered another blow. The body of her estranged twin sister, Angela—the possible victim of a serial killer—has been pulled from the Seine. Putting what’s left of her life on hold, Shayna heads to Paris. But while cleaning out Angela’s apartment, Shayna makes a startling discovery: a coded message meant for her alone…
Alive. Trust no one.
Taking the warning to heart, Shayna maintains the lie. She makes a positive ID on the remains and works to find out where—and why—her missing sister is hiding. Shayna retraces her sister’s footsteps, and they lead her down into Paris’s underbelly.
As she gets closer to the truth—and to the killer—Shayna’s own life may now be in the balance…”

📚 Inhabitation
Received for review through Edelweiss
Release date: July 2019!
Will be reading for the Japanese Literature Challenge #13.
“In 1970s Osaka, college student Tetsuyuki moves into a shabby apartment to evade his late father’s creditors. But the apartment’s electricity hasn’t been reconnected yet, and Tetsuyuki spends his first night in darkness. Wanting to hang up a tennis cap from his girlfriend, Yoko, he fumbles about in the dark and drives a nail into a pillar. The next day he discovers that he has pierced the body of a lizard, which is still alive. He decides to keep it alive, giving it food and water and naming it Kin.
Inhabitation unfolds from there, following the complications in Tetsuyuki’s relationship with Yoko, a friendship with his supervisor who hides his heart disease at work, and his father’s creditors, always close on his heels. Daunted, Tetsuyuki speaks to Kin night after night, and Kin’s peculiarly tortured situation reflects the mingled pain, love, and guilt that infuses Tetsuyuki’s human relationships.”

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

Complot The Red House Mystery

📚 Complot
French thriller, where the Norwegian Prime Minister is found dead in very strange circumstances. Loving it!

📚 The Red House Mystery (1922)
Will be listening for The Classics Club
“The creator of such beloved storybook characters for children as Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, and Eeyore, A. A. Milne was also the author of numerous dramas, essays, and novels for adults — among them, this droll and finely crafted whodunit.
In it, Milne takes readers to the Red House, a comfortable residence in the placid English countryside that is the bachelor home of Mr. Mark Ablett. While visiting this cozy retreat, amateur detective Anthony Gillingham and his chum, Bill Beverley, investigate their genial host’s disappearance and its connection with a mysterious shooting. Was the victim, whose body was found after a heated exchange with the host, shot in an act of self-defense? If so, why did the host flee, and if not, what drove him to murder?”

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

Listed on the homepage

List of books I can swap with yours

PLANS FOR FEBRUARY

📚 Read as many Japanese literature as I can!

📚 Read as much as I can for the #Pondathon and my #TeamXiaolong

📚 Update my Links page!

Eiffel Tower Orange

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR FEBRUARY?

 

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