I’ve been part of the Classics Club for a year now, and though I’ve been steadily reading and reviewing some classics, I haven’t really participated in any of the “events”. But I saw that there was another Spin challenge in the works, so I’m going to take a gamble and join in!
The rules of the game are as follows:
- 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, November 18.
- 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 January 1, even if it’s an icky one you dread reading! (No fair not listing any scary ones!)
Five books I can’t wait to read:
1. The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery (sounds like it could be a nice comfort read!)
2. Faces in the Water by Janet Frame (I’ve been wanting to read one of her books since seeing the film about her life called An Angel at My Table. It’s going to be a tough read, since it’s a fictional account of life in a mental institution (Frame herself was institutionalized and almost received a lobotomy.)
3. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux (Since I love travel memoirs, I’m trying to read some of the classics in that genre.)
4. Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman (A love story set in the Canadian wilderness sounds like a great winter read.)
5. Original Letters from India by Eliza Fay (Eliza Fay traveled from England to India in 1779 and wrote letters so great, E.M. Forster arranged to get them published.)
Five Books I’m Neutral About
6. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (I enjoyed Faulkner when I read him in college, but wonder a little if I’ll feel the same about his writing now.)
7. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (this would be my first Bradbury.)
8. The Good Earth by Pearl Buck (never read Pearl Buck before, seems a good place to start.)
9. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis (I hardly even know what this is about, but it’s just one of those American classics I feel I should read.)
10. Brazilian Adventure by Peter Fleming (another travel memoir classic)
Five Books I Dread
11. Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi (the title should explain why I might not be eager to pick this one up.)
12. The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon (11th century Japanese account of court life? intrigued but also a little scared.)
13. The Oresteia by Aeschylus (Ancient classics are just not really my thing, but I’m trying to branch out.)
14. Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (I think I started this one a couple of years ago and didn’t make much headway, but I do still want to finish it someday.)
15. Dispatches by Michael Kerr (A war correspondent’s dispatches about the Vietnam War. Requires a bit of psyching up.)
Five Chunksters (Free Choice category) – pages are from whatever paperback version I first looked at in Goodreads
16. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (601 pages)
17. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann (731 pages)
18. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (505 pages)
19. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (896 pages)
20. In this House of Brede by Rumer Godden (672 pages)
Now, I’ll just have to wait and see! Most hoping for Mrs. Mike, most dreading Farewell to Arms (I don’t think I like Hemingway.) Oh and in case you were curious, I like a good chunkster in the winter months, which is why they are not in the Dread category.