The Classics Club is doing something called a “Classics Spin”. What is that? First, I have to take my Classics Club list of 50 books and pick 20 I haven’t read. I post the list, and on Monday the Classics Club will pick a number from 1-20, and that’s a book I have to read by April.
I’m also supposed to include some books on my list that are challenging or that I’m kind of nervous about reading. I am going to “cheat” a little since I’ve piled on a lot of challenges this year, and include books that are also on my TBR Pile Challenge.
This seems like a good way to choose my next book, so here’s my list. Some short (Lois Lowry, Edgar Allen Poe), some long (George Eliot), some intimidating (Rudyard Kipling, William Faulkner). I even random-ordered it.
- Maugham, Somerset – Of Human Bondage
- Kipling, Rudyard – Kim
- James, Henry – The Portrait of a Lady
- Jackson, Shirley – The Haunting of Hill House
- Heinlein, Robert – Stranger in a Strange Land
- Twain, Mark – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Murakami, Haruki – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
- Ishiguro, Kazuo – The Remains of the Day
- Chopin, Kate – The Awakening
- Poe, Edgar Allen – The Raven
- McKinley, Robin — The Hero and the Crown
- Lowry, Lois — Number the Stars
- Eliot, George – Daniel Deronda
- Kerouac, Jack – On the Road
- Fitzgerald, F. Scott – Tender is the Night
- Austen, Jane – Mansfield Park
- Spark, Muriel – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
- Faulkner, William – Light in August
- Greene, Graham – The End of the Affair
- Vonnegut, Kurt – Cat’s Cradle
Of course I could choose my own book, but I’m a rule-follower at heart so I’ll do what I’m told. Stay tuned to see what gets picked!
I’ve just finished book 2 in the Murakami 1Q84 trilogy (and loving it) so I hope you get no. 7!
I saw this morning that #14 is the winner. Good luck with On the Road! I didn’t have much luck when I tried reading it in print, but when I listened to the audio I did fine. Matt Dillon was the reader, which I was apprehensive about, but he did a great job.
I’ve heard a few times that On the Road is a tough read… I’ve always wanted to read it so we’ll see how it goes.
I haven’t read any of these and must admit that I don’t want to read any of them. Good luck!