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!
- Go to your blog.
- Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club list.
- Post that list, numbered 1 – 20, on your blog by next Monday.
- Monday morning, the Classics Club will 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 June 1st.
- Mary Barton (1848) – Elizabeth Gaskell
- Address to Young Men (363) – Saint Basil
- The Romance of Tristan (c. 12th century) – Beroul
- Animal Farm (1945) – George Orwell
- Reveries of a Solitary Walker (1782) – Jean Jacques Rousseau
- The Lord of the Flies (1954) – William Golding
- Bleak House (1852/53) – Charles Dickens
- Ivanhoe (1820) – Sir Walter Scott
- On the Imitation of Christ (1418-1427) – Thomas à Kempis
- The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) – Ann Radcliffe
- Tom Sawyer (1876) – Mark Twain
- Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-1564) – François Rabelais
- The Stranger (1942) – Albert Camus
- The Good Soldier Svejk (1923) – Jaroslav Hasek
- Meditations (170-180) – Marcus Aurelius
- She Stoops to Conquer (1773) – Oliver Goldsmith
- Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1607-1608) – William Shakespeare
- Tom Brown’s School Days (1857) – Thomas Hughes
- Huckleberry Finn (1884) – Mark Twain
- Heptaméron (1558) – Marguerite of Navarre
Oh my! I was initially terrorized before I randomized but this list doesn’t look nearly as bad as it could have been. I will cry if I get The Mysteries of Udolpho, Gargantua and Pantagruel and perhaps with The Good Soldier Svejk but I’ve already started the latter so it would just force me to continue. My preferred choices would be Reveries of a Solitary Walker (I seem to be immersing myself in Rousseau), Meditations (I can’t wait to spend some time with Marcus Aurelius) or Mary Barton. Bleak House, I’ve begun as well, however I’d probably begin it again, and it would be justice if I spun either Mark Twain novel as I haven’t read any of his works yet. Yipes.
Well, I will simply wait for Monday’s number and keep a good attitude no matter what I get. Best of luck to everyone who is participating!