Classics Club Spin #23

 

Spinning dancer

With everything going on of late, instead of targeting specific books to read, I’ve preferred to let my reading tastes wander to what I feel like reading at a particular moment.  Which makes me wonder with great puzzlement, why I’m choosing to participate in the recent Classics Club Spin.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve hardly focussed at all on my list.  But it’s more likely peer pressure from all you other bloggers who have jumped right in.  So here I go!

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Classics Club Spin #20

Classics Club Spin #20

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in a Classics Club spin.  I think the last one I participated in was #14 and it was a dismal failure which made me realize that I simply don’t have time to read the way I used to.  So I stopped.  However, with my new Classics Club list up, I really need to start to focus on some of these books before it’s too late.  So here I am again, hoping for success.

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Classics Club Spin # 14 ……………. and the Winner Is ……..

 

 Number 1

 

 

I must say that I’m rather excited to read We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.  I’ve heard excellent feedback about it and I haven’t read a sci-fi book in awhile.  I’ve also been enjoying a Russian-fest lately, finishing off The Death of Ivan Ilyich and am in the middle of The Brothers Karamazov.  Both books have touched on issues that have lately been on my mind, and I wonder what insights I’ll gain from reading We.

Now I need to finish off some of my recent reads so I can get started.  I hope everyone was as happy with their spin choice as I am with mine!

 

Classics Club Spin #14

Sigh!  I usually get excited about the Classics Club Spin but this time, between my failures to finish my last spins and the load of books I already have on my plate, my enthusiasm is severely compromised.  I should pass …..

…….. however, if I can finish up some of my reads, I don’t have much planned after them, AND I’m always trying to concentrate on my Classics Club List.  So with these excuses in mind, I’m going to give it a whirl …..

The Rules for the spin are:
  1. Go to your blog.
  2. Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club list.
  3. Post that list, numbered 1 – 20, on your blog by next Monday.
  4. 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.
  5. The challenge is to read that book by December 1st.


I used the random list organizer here to choose the 20 books from my master list.  Then I tweaked them, so my list ended up looking like this:
  1. We (1921) – Yevgeny Zamyatin
  2. Address to Young Men (363) – Saint Basil 
  3. The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860) – Jacob Burckhardt
  4. The History of Napoleon Buonoparte (1829) – John Gibson Lockhart
  5. The Well at the World’s End (1896) – William Morris
  6. The City of God (426) – Augustine 
  7. Ivanhoe (1820) – Sir Walter Scott
  8. Wives and Daughters (1864/66) – Elizabeth Gaskell 
  9. Dead Souls (1842) – Nikolai Gogol 
  10. If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller (1979) – Italo Calvino
  11. A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and a Journal of a Tour of the Hebrides (1775) – Johnson & Boswell
  12. Tartuffe (1669) – Molière
  13. Twenty Years After (1845) – Alexandre Dumas
  14. Framley Parsonage (1860-61) – Anthony Trollope
  15. On the Social Contract (1762) – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  16. The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) – Ann Radcliffe
  17. The Interpretation of Dreams (1899) – Sigmund Freud 
  18. The Merchant of Venice (1596 – 1598) – William Shakespeare
  19. The Histories (450 – 420 B.C.) – Herodotus 
  20. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) – Jules Verne

Oh, Lord help me.  I left some BIGGIES on the list without changing them out.  I just hope the spin goes in my favour and misses them.  I’m sure I’ll be tense until Monday. 🙂

Best of luck everyone with your spin!



Classics Club Spin #13

I was going to resist the spin this time.  I have too many books on the go and too many of them are atrociously difficult, or inordinately huge.  But one of my goals for the year was to pare down my Classics Club list, so why on earth wouldn’t I participate in a spin?

With that said, I’m not shy to admit that I absolutely manipulated my list.  Well, perhaps not completely, but I did change out about seven books for ones that I’m either currently reading, are shorter novels, or projects that I am struggling with (Shakespeare, that’s YOU!).  Surprisingly, one of the manipulations was not The Faerie Queene.

The Rules for the spin are:
  1. Go to your blog.
  2. Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club list.
  3. Post that list, numbered 1 – 20, on your blog by next Monday.
  4. 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.
  5. The challenge is to read that book by August 1st.


I used the random list organizer here to choose the 20 books from my master list.  Then I tweaked them, so my list ended up looking like this:
  1. Ivanhoe (1820) – Sir Walter Scott
  2. Far From the Madding Crowd (1874) – Thomas Hardy
  3. Framley Parsonage (1860-61) – Anthony Trollope
  4. 1984 (1949) – George Orwell
  5. The Fairie Queene (1590 – 1596) – Edmund Spenser
  6. Henry V (1599) – Wiliam Shakespeare
  7. The Histories (450-20 BC) – Herodotus
  8. Richard III (1592) – William Shakespeare 
  9. Le Rêve (1888) – Emile Zola
  10. Tom Sawyer (1876) – Mark Twain
  11. The Good Soldier Svejk (1923) – Jaroslav Hasek
  12. The Silver Chalice (1952) – Thomas Costain 
  13. A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and a Journal of a Tour
  14. The Lord of the Flies (1954) – William Golding
  15. The Red Bade of Courage (1895) – Steven Crane
  16. The Robe (1942) – Lloyd C. Douglas 
  17. The Twelve Caesars (121) – Suetonius 
  18. The Stranger (1942) – Albert Camus
  19. Tom Brown’s School Days (1857) – Thomas Hughes 
  20. The Merchant of Venice (1596 – 1598) – William Shakespeare

While my intentions are good, if I don’t finish by August 1st, I won’t be surprised.  But nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?  And if I get a book I’m already reading, it will be more of a guarantee for success.  
So let the spin begin!

Classics Club Spin # 12 ……….. And The Winner Is ……………

 Number 8

Well, this was a very good choice for me.  I’ve been trying to read through Anthony Trollope’s The Barsetshire Chronicles for about two years, and am at the halfway point. Number 8 for me is Framley Parsonage, book number 4 in the series.

For some reason, I’ve had a Trollope-block in the last year, and I really needed a push, so perhaps this is it.  Now I just need to buckle down and read!

Classics Club Spin #12

I really wasn’t certain whether I wanted to participate in the new Classics Club spin.  My last spin was a fail; I read the first essay of God in the Dock and then realized that I wouldn’t do it justice with a quick read and a quicker post, so away it went back onto the list for when I have more time. However, I did read Cirtnecce’s spin book, The Time Machine, so all was not lost.  At the moment though, I have so many reads going that adding another book just didn’t appeal to me ………….  Until I told myself that I am trying to concentrate on paring down my Classics Club list this year, and gave myself the permission to tweak the spin list a little.  I hope something good comes of it.  If I don’t succeed with this spin, it will be my third fail, or almost fail,  in a row and my self-esteem just couldn’t take it.  😉  

The Rules for the spin are:
  1. Go to your blog.
  2. Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club list.
  3. Post that list, numbered 1 – 20, on your blog by next Monday.
  4. 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.
  5. The challenge is to read that book by May 2nd.


I used the random list organizer here to choose the 20 books from my master list.  Then I tweaked them, so my list ended up looking like this:
  1. Richard III (1592) – William Shakespeare
  2. Villette (1853) – Charlotte Brönte 
  3. The Robe (1942) – Lloyd C. Douglas 
  4. Twenty Years After (1845) – Alexandre Dumas
  5. The Histories (450-420 B.C.) – Herodotus
  6. Metamorphoses (8) – Ovid
  7. Dead Souls (1842) – Nikolai Gogol 
  8. Framely Parsonage (1860 – 1861) – Anthony Trollope
  9. Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532 – 1564) – François Rabelais 
  10. The Faerie Queene (1590-96) – Edmund Spenser
  11. The Republic (380 B.C.) – Plato 
  12. Huckleberry Finn (1884) – Mark Twain
  13. Henry V (1599) – William Shakespeare
  14. A Doll’s House (1879) – Henrik Ibsen
  15. The Waves (or other) 1931) – Virginia Woolf 
  16. Bondage of the Will (1525) – Martin Luther
  17. Tevye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor’s Son (1894) – Sholem Aleichem
  18. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831) – Victor Hugo 
  19. Fear and Trembling (1843) – Soren Kierkegaard
  20. The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678) – John Bunyan
Since I’ve completely manipulated my list (well, not completely ….. I changed out about 6 books)  I don’t really have any that I’m dreading.  All the ones I’d dread, such as Metamorphoses, The Faerie Queene and The Histories, I’m already reading or have plans to read, so I’m really fine with anything on the list.  I will admit to removing Augustine’s City of God; I’d love to read it but my time is so limited that if it was chosen, I’d be breathing in a paper bag. 😉

As for books that I’m anticipating with eagerness …..  I will say Metamorphoses because I’m already more than half way through!  How’s that for manipulation?

Oh Muse, sing of my spin choice ……….