I joined The Classics Club at the start of this year with the intention of trying to read some of the classic books on my shelf that I so far haven’t got around to. I drew up a list of 50 books to read by the end of 2017 and have read three of them so far. Their website regularly hosts a variety of challenges, but I haven’t tried too many of them. I like the idea of the Classics Spin and I participated in #2 and #3, having to read Peter Pan and Utopia to complete these challenges. Links to the reviews can be found HERE. The Classics Spin #4 is now up and running, so I have decided to sign up for it as well. The rules of the challenge are as follows:
- Go to your blog.
- Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List.
- Try to challenge yourself: list five you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, rereads, ancients — whatever you choose.)
- Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog by next Monday (August 19).
- Monday morning, we’ll announce a number from 1-20. Go to the list of twenty books you posted, and select the book that corresponds to the number we announce.
- The challenge is to read that book by October 1, even if it’s an icky one you dread reading! (No fair not listing any scary ones!)
This sounds pretty straightforward, so here is my list (1-5 are ones I’m dreading/hesitant to read; 6-10 are ones I can’t wait to read; 11-15 are ones I’m neutral about; 16-20 are ones by authors I’ve read before):
- Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand
- Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe
- Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
- Candide – Voltaire
- Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
- The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury
- Never Cry Wolf – Farley Mowat
- Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Frank L. Baum
- The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
- Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
- The Inspector General – Nikolai Gogol
- Turn of the Screw – Henry James
- The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
- Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
- Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
- Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
- The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Burmese Days – George Orwell
- Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
Well, that’s my list and now I wait until next Monday to see which number gets picked. It doesn’t really matter, because I’ve committed to reading them all in the next few years anyway, but it will be interesting to see if I get one that I’ve been trying to avoid. I’m also interested to see what other club members are listing for this challenge.