The Classics Spin #5

The Classics Club that I belong to is hosting another Classics Spin. This is the fourth one that I have signed up for and so far there has only been one book that has come up that was a struggle to get through. The rules of the Spin 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 (February 10).
  • 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 April 2, even if it’s an icky one you dread reading! (No fair not listing any scary ones!)

So, I’ll find out tomorrow which of the following books I have to read:

  1. Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand
  2. Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe
  3. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
  4. Candide – Voltaire
  5. Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
  6. The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury
  7. Never Cry Wolf – Farley Mowat
  8. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
  9. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Frank L. Baum
  10. The Club of Queer Trade – G.K. Chesterton
  11. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  12. The Inspector General – Nikolai Gogol
  13. Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  14. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  15. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
  16. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  17. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  18. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  19. Burmese Days – George Orwell
  20. Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson

I’m looking forward to seeing what I get and am also looking forward to reading everyone else’s lists.


7 thoughts on “The Classics Spin #5

    • Glad to hear you enjoyed Siddhartha, because it is one of the ones I’m kind of not looking forward to. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you get a book on the spin that you enjoy.

  1. Nice list! And you have a Chesterton on it! I’m planning on reading The Man Who Was Thursday sometime this year (sadly it didn’t turn up on my Spin list). The Idiot is pretty long but Dostoyevsky is a wonderful writer! I’ve never been able to like The Catcher in the Rye but I should really re-read it someday.

    Just curious ……. what was the one book you had a hard time getting through?

    In any case, good luck with your Spin!

    • Thankfully, the one I had a hard time getting through wasn’t a very long one, but I just wanted it to be done all the same. It was Utopia by Thomas More. I read The Man Who Was Thursday a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Good luck with the Spin and thanks for dropping by.

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