The Classics Club Spin has been a huge success over the years and now it's time to play again - round 14! I've missed the last couple of spins, but since I have no classics commitments at the moment, it might be fun to choose my next one by chance.
The rules are the same, only the dates have been changed.
Here's how it works:
- Go to your blog.
- Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club list.
- Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog by next Monday. (10/3)
- Monday morning a number from 1-20 is announced. Go to the list of twenty books you posted, and select the book that corresponds to that number.
- The challenge is to read the book by December 1, 2016.
In the past I've come up with fun categories and themes, but this time it's purely alphabetical. Time is running short. The original purpose behind joining the The Classics Club was to challenge myself to read 50 classics in 5 years. My five year deadline is coming up in April... and I've read 43 so far. The pressure is on to 'finish strong'!
My Spin List
- Bronte, Anne - Agnes Grey
- Bronte, Charlotte - Villette
- Cather, Willa - A Lost Lady
- Collins, Wilkie - Jezebel's Daughter
- DuMaurier, Daphne - My Cousin Rachel
- Forster, E.M. - Howards End (reread)
- Gaskell, Elizabeth - Wives and Daughters
- Hardy, Thomas - The Return of the Native
- Hemingway, Ernest - The Sun Also Rises
- Keyes, Daniel - Flowers for Algernon (reread)
- Mitford, Nancy - The Pursuit of Love
- Powell, Anthony - A Dance to the Music of Time (first movement)
- Pym, Barbara - A Few Green Leaves
- Steinbeck, John - The Winter of Our Discontent (reread)
- Tan, Amy - The Joy Luck Club
- Taylor, Elizabeth - A Game of Hide and Seek
- Trollope, Anthony - Miss Mackenzie
- Whipple, Dorothy - The Priory
- Zola, Emile - The Belly of Paris
- Zola, Emile - The Fortune of the Rougons
Check back on Monday to see what I'll be reading...
The spin landed on number one, so I'll be reading Agnes Grey by Ann Bronte.
Nice list! My pick would be either the du Maurier or The Sun Always Rises, which I enjoyed much more than I expected to. Good luck - hope you get one you like!ReplyDelete
Fiction Fan - I would be thrilled to read either du Maurier or Hemingway. Can't wait until Monday!Delete
I've thought about joining this so I could read all the classics on my list. I can't wait to see what you'll be reading.ReplyDelete
Vicki - I wouldn't be disappointed with any of the books on this list. Hope I can get to 50 by the end of April!Delete
All of these would be good to read...I'm partial to My Cousin Rachel, because I just barely finished reading it, or the Barbara Pym, because she's a new favorite for me, but I don't think you could go wrong with any number you spin.ReplyDelete
Lark - After your review, I'm really hoping for My Cousin Rachel, too! Barbara Pym is always a treat :)Delete
My Cousin Rachel would be a great story to combine with the RIP Challenge too! :)ReplyDelete
I don't know why I have not joined the Classics Club. I need a push to read more classics.
Iliana - My Cousin Rachel would be perfect for RIP, and so would Jezebel's Daughter. Fingers crossed!Delete
An intriguing list here--I'm so glad you published it here. I'm still reading and enjoying My Cousin Rachel, and one book we share on our lists, one I'm looking forward to is Wives and Daughters. I admired Agnes Grey and believe that many critics highly undervalued it. In fact, although I read it on the Nook, I want to buy a paper copy so that I can read it again and cherish it alongside my copy of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I think it's "Wildfell"--hope I'm not off on that word. Enjoy!!
Judith - I absolutely loved The Tenant of Wildfell Hall! If you click on the Classics Club tab under my header photo, you will see the list of the 43 books I've already read... along with the other titles remaining on the list. The club has been a great experience.Delete
Thanks for the kick in the butt to do this!ReplyDelete
Lisa - I'll keep an eye out for your list! :)Delete
Hope you get a good one.ReplyDelete
Pam - Me, too. Thanks!Delete
Wow! You're only 7 books away from finishing your 50?! Awesome. I have read one of the books on your list which was on my list: Algernon.ReplyDelete
Care - I added Algernon to my list after you and Athira read it...even picked it up as a kindle daily deal since then. Wouldn't be disappoint if it gets chosen Monday.Delete
Anthony Powell is on my list also. From your other books, I'd definitely recommend Wives & Daughters (long but so wonderful!); Love in a Cold Climate; and I loved everything by Dorothy Whipple -- The Priory was great, and it's a fast read. Good luck with your Spin pick on Monday!ReplyDelete
Karen K. - I'd love to read Dance to the Music of Time, but then there are the other three movements that will likely get added to my list... Looking forward to Monday already.Delete
good luck, some big pieces here!ReplyDelete
I have Wives and Daughters on my list too! I'd love to get it. The Fortune of the Rougon would be good to and then you could start Zola's Rougon-Marquart series. It's a great list and I hope that you get the book you want!ReplyDelete
Cleopatra - I just finished Germinal and am now curious about the entire series. Would be very happy if the spin lands on Wives and Daughters, too!Delete
Zola is always good....ReplyDelete
Personally not a fan of T. Hardy, but I read this one.
I hope you get a great book like Villette, that book surprised me.
Comfort is always Pym and Du Maurier, great women writers.
ipsofactodotme - I've read three Zola novels and he's fast becoming a favorite. Hardy seems to be growing on me, too. I'd be happy if Villette comes up and always love Pym and Du Maurier. Can't wait to see which number is chosen.Delete
Wives and Daughters is really good. I have Agnes Grey on my list too :)ReplyDelete
Rachel - I added Agnes Grey to my classics club list after reading and loving The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Gaskell is always a treat!Delete
I have several of your titles on my TBR pile but they're patiently waiting in my cc list take 2 & I really should finish my first cc list first!!ReplyDelete
The Taylor would fit into my schedule nicely this spring, & I have a lovely Virago modern classic hb edition :-)
Brona - I may be going about this all wrong, but even after I read seven more books and reach 50, there may still be nearly that many more left on the list! After my initial 50 appeared, the number of classics I wanted to read just kept growing ;-)Delete
What a fantastic list! I don't think you can go wrong. I love it that you have a re-read on your list. Great books should be re-read.ReplyDelete
sunt_lacrimar_rerum- I had several rereads on my original Classics Club list, but sadly, have not gotten to any of the yet.Delete
Hope you get #7--I love that book so much!ReplyDelete
JaneGS - I wouldn't be at all disappointed if 7 is today's number!Delete