Classics Club: Spin #11

Classics Club

I haven’t done one of these in a while. Basically I list twenty books from the fifty I challenged myself with when I joined the Classics Club in 2012. Then next Monday, the organizers will pick the random number and that will be the book to read in December/January.

We’ll go with these categories:

Five oldest books left on my list:

1.The Oresteia by Aeschylus [458 B.C.]

2. The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling by Henry Fielding [1749]

3. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

5. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope [1861]

Five most recent books left on the list:

6. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen [1978]

7. Dispatches by Michael Herr [1977]

8. A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor [1977]

9. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux [1975]

10. This House of Brede by Rumer Godden [1969]

Five classic travel narratives in addition to the three already listed above:

11. The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard [1922]

12. Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck [1962]

13. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby [1958]

14. Original Letters from India by Eliza Fay [1925]

15. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome [1889]

Four books from the 1920’s

16. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery [1926]

17. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis [1920]

18. Penny Plain by Anna Buchan [1920]

19. So Big by Edna Ferber [1924]

And a final book for no particular reason:

20. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion [1968]


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21 responses to “Classics Club: Spin #11

  1. piningforthewest

    I’ve read seven books on your list, a few of them I’ve never even heard of, which makes it very interesting. I loved Travels with Charley.

  2. Nice varied list. The Oresteia, now that takes me back! I am fascinated about The Blue Castle, having just finished the last of the Emily and Anne books. I will be interested to see how she writes for adults.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

    • I re-read the first of the Anne series last year and really enjoyed it. Strangely, the book I know best by L.M. Montgomery is A Tangled Web, which is a standalone, but still set in P.E.I. unlike The Blue Castle which I think is the only one she wrote that is not set on the island.

  3. Ohhh Patrick Leigh Fermor! I adored his story, at times a little too….. can’t find the word, but you’ll know what I mean, but I loved him and I loved what he did – such an amazing journey at such a time.

    We also share So Big on our spin, so if 19 comes around, we’ll be reading together 🙂

    happy spin

    • Now I’m curious to see what you mean about Fermor’s book. I’ve only read a short excerpt of The Broken Road that had been placed in a travel anthology. It gave me a good taste – evocative of a bygone world.

      Oh how fun that we share the same book in the same spot on the list! I don’t even remember what So Big is about anymore, just that at some point, I read a review and said, I want to read this.

      • Christy we got So Big!

        It ended up on my list because it’s a Pulitzer Prize winning book and a women writer (for my Classic Women’s Literature challenge).

        But I hope you find time to read Fermor at some point soon too – it is extraordinary.

  4. Jillian

    I hope you get The Blue Castle just because it sounds like it must be cheery! If you get that, I’ll get Green Darkness, which satisfies me. 🙂 Good luck!

    • Go #16! The Blue Castle is one of the books I’m especially hoping for this go-round. I haven’t read anything by Anya Seton, though I think Katherine is somewhere on my extensive to-read list . . .

  5. Karen K.

    The Blue Castle has a really cheesy cover, but it’s quite delightful, it would be a fun holiday read. I also loved Travels With Charley, which was my first Steinbeck. Three Men in a Boat isn’t really a travel narrative so much as a series of funny stories linked together while three friends are on a boat trip — imagine Bertie Wooster and two equally idiotic friends, but with a fox terrier instead of Jeeves. It’s really funny though, one of my favorites, and there’s a brilliant audiobook by Naxos narrated by Martin Jarvis who just nails it.

    • Ha, you caught me! I knew I was stretching it by calling Three Men in a Boat a travel narrative, but needed one more to make five, and was like what the hey, they travel up a river and back. 🙂
      I’d be happy with virtually all of the list (though some are a little daunting in size), but The Blue Castle is one of a few that I’m really hoping for.
      I just finished reading East of Eden and loved it, so Travels with Charley would be a great Steinbeck follow-up. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I have read and enjoyed both Ivanhoe and Great Expectations. I have some Dickens on my list which I’d be happy to get. Good luck for Monday – I hope you get something you enjoy 🙂

    • I pretty much would be happy with any of the picks in this post, which is a good place to be. On the master list, there is only one book I don’t think I’ll like and that is a Hemingway novel, Farewell to Arms. I’m trying to give Hemingway a fair shake since I haven’t read him since high school, but I am not optimistic.

  7. I’m spinning this time, too. Hope you get Framley Parsonage and can continue with the Barsetshire Chronicles. Travels with Charley is also a favorite. Good luck Monday!

  8. Good luck with this! You have some great books on your list, as well as some that I’m not familiar with. Three Men in a Boat is hilarious and I enjoyed Ivanhoe and Framley Parsonage too.

    • I feel like I can’t go wrong with a Trollope novel, that’s for sure. I’ve been meaning to get around to Ivanhoe and Three Men in a Boat for ages (though I suppose that’s true for a lot of the classics on my list).

  9. Oh, absolutely #1! I love Greek drama …. excitement, power, shock, love, murder ….. it has it all. Otherwise #15 is a wonderful book. Jerome is so funny and to top it off, his descriptions of the English countryside are charming.

    Best of luck on your spin!

    • It’s been a long time since I’ve read Greek drama so I’m a leetle bit nervous about #1 but also would be excited for the challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I vote for The Blue Castle! I love that book and it is SO underappreciated. And if not that one, I vote for In This House of Brede, which not nearly enough of my blogging friends have read. What a great book. I want to reread it this Christmas.

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