Friday, March 2, 2018

Classics Club Spin

I actually saw the post for the next spin before it was too late to post about it - yea, me! So the deal is:

List your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of April (details to follow). Try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, re-reads, ancients — whatever you choose.)

On Friday, March 9th, 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, 2018.

Here are my twenty for the spin:

Five Classics I Can't Wait To Read:
1. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
2. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
3. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
4. Crossing To Safety by Wallace Stegner
5. The Custom Of The Country by Edith Wharton

Five Classics I'm Dreading 
6. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
7. The Sound And The Fury by William Faulkner
8. Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac
9. The Portrait of A Lady by Henry James
10. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Five Classics I'm Neutral About:
11. Dracula by Bram Stoker
12. Miss Bishop by Bess Streeter Aldrich
13. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
14. Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
15. The Phantom of The Opera by Gaston Leroux

Five Classics That Have Been Made Into Movies:
16. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
17. The Remains Of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
18. All The Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren
19. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
20. Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis

If this spin number is 6, 7, 9, or 10, I'm hosting a readalong. I'm going to need some support with those!


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  2. So, from your list I think I've only read The Remains of the Day. I remember liking it, but not much else. Guess I watched the movie too. Good luck with the spin not being 6,7,9,10. LOL

    I'll have my list up on Monday, though as some may remember, I tweaked the 'classics' definition to fit me.

  3. We share Pere Goriot this spin :-)
    Crossing to Safety is amazing - you'll enjoy that whenever you get to it.

  4. Great list! Wide Sargasso Sea and The Remains of the Day were really good, and of course Dracula is one of my favorites. Looking forward to seeing what you get. I'm joining in too. :-)

  5. No need to dread Little Dorrit--I really enjoyed it. Dracula and Heart is a Lonely Hunter were also wonderful. May your spinning give you the number you want!

  6. In spite of the length, I liked Doctor Zhivago and Anna Karinina, but I did not like The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Ugh. I've read a few of Bess Streeter Aldrich's, but don't know anything about Miss Bishop. I'll have to look for that one!