Classics Club Spin #8

Oh, no.  When I saw it was spin time at the Classics Club, I stopped breathing. I’m swamped beneath a pile of books for online book groups AND courses. For one course, I’m actually required to read Dante’s Inferno and Vita Nuova three times in six weeks!  Help!  So the sane thing to do would be to let this spin pass, right?  …….. Are you kidding?  I wouldn’t miss it!

For my last spin I finished The Importance of Being Earnest (review still in progress) and Moonlight Readers spin book, Summer by Edith Wharton.  This time I’m not going to be attempting double spins, I promise!

As per usual, 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 October 6th.

I used the random list organizer here to choose the 20 books from my master list.  So my list ended up looking like this:

  1. Ivanhoe (1820) – Sir Walter Scott
  2. Tevye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor’s Son (1894) – Sholem Aleichem
  3. Twenty Years After (1845) – Alexandre Dumas
  4. Tom Sawyer (1876) – Mark Twain
  5. King Lear (1603 – 1606) – William Shakespeare
  6. 1984 (1949) – George Orwell
  7. Bondage of the Will (1525) – Martin Luther
  8. Henry V (1599) – William Shakespeare
  9. The Cherry Orchard (1904) – Anton Chekhov
  10. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831) – Victor Hugo
  11. Hamlet (1603 – 1604) – William Shakespeare
  12. Pensées (1669) – Blaise Pascal
  13. Gulliver’s Travels (1726) – Jonathan Swift
  14. The Time Machine (1895) – H.G. Wells
  15. The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860) – Jacob Burckhardt
  16. Dead Souls (1842) – Nikolai Gogol
  17. Animal Farm (1945) – George Orwell
  18. L’Argent (1891) – Emile Zola
  19. The Interpretation of Dreams (1899) – Sigmund Freud
  20. The Prince (1513) – Niccolo Machiavelli
Five Books I’m Hesitant to Read
1.  The Interpretation of Dreams – Sigmund Freud (uh, why did I include this
           on my list???)
2.  The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli (but it’s short so that’s not too bad)
3.  Ivanhoe – Walter Scott (only because it’s so long)
4.  ——
5.  ——
Five Books I Can’t Wait to Read
1.  Ivanhoe – Walter Scott (I’ve been wanting to read it for ages!)
2.  L’Argent – Émile Zola (I can’t wait to visit Zola again)
3.  The Cherry Orchard – Anton Chekhov (I think I’m hooked on Russian lit)
4.  Tevye the Dairyman and Moti the Cantor’s Son – Sholem Aleichem
           (looks like fun)
5.  King Lear – William Shakespeare (loved it the first time, what about the
            second?)

This list is a fantastic draw.  My only concern is the length of the book chosen. Reading anything extra in November is impossible, so that will only leave me one month to finish.  Ivanhoe, as much as I’m dying to read it, is probably not the best choice.

So now all I have to do is hold my breath, cross my fingers and wait.

Are you excited about this spin?  Which titles do you hope to see chosen?

24 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #8

  1. All the best Cleo…hope you get King Lear….and now I will follow your suit and say nooooooo….I cannot take on more, but

  2. Yes, the Prince is certainly short. It may be mentally taxing though and it's on the WEM histories list, so I'm not certain that I want to read it twice, but who knows. The Time Machine would be good ,,, after reading Lewis' Space Trilogy I'm ready for some works of Wells.

  3. Yes, we are too alike to be safe influencing each other, I think? 😉

    I'll be reading King Lear in any case, for my MOOCs course, and I'm looking forward to it. I read it long ago, but know that this time I'll get much more out of it.

    Best of luck with your spin! Let's see if we can guess each other's books this time! 🙂

  4. I don't know how you keep track of all of your books…! My November is packed, but like you, I won't be able to resist the spin and will get my list together now. Good luck to you!

  5. This is my first time attempting the Spin! I'm secretly hoping for Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather, which I'm planning to read anyway for Willa Cather Reading Week. Good luck with your list!

  6. Great idea! At least I have a few slim books on this list, which is more than I could say for some of the other lists that I've had. Thanks so much for your wishes!

  7. Okay, if I get Freud, I think I'll pass out! What was I thinking to put it on my list? As for The Hunchback, I'd like to read it but the time factor doesn't make it a good choice. Sigh! Well, back to Tristram, the only honourable knight in Cornwall. 🙂 Finishing Le Morte will make anything I get appear much more manageable.

  8. Well, to confess a little secret, I've already begun L'Argent so if I get it, it will be much shorter than you think! Oh good; I'll have to pop over to your blog and take a look at your spin list.

  9. I haven't committed to spin #8. I need a few days to think about it. I want to het Aus Reading Month book at least 75% done. You have a very, very classic list with all TOP books. If I had a choice I would do Gogol or Chekhov (emotions), H.G. Wells ( vivid writing), Shakespeare would be great for your challenges but his plays can be a lot of work (language, images, literary devices etc) . Good luck with the spin!

  10. Yes, you are on your own little journey lately so you may not want to disturb it with a spin. I've really been enjoying reading your reviews about the interesting books you've been reading. Yes, Russians! …. Bring them on! 🙂 I'm reading lots of Shakespeare with this course I'm taking, so I could happily skip him, but I'll be reading King Lear in any case. Happy reading whether you decide to do the spin or not!

  11. Spinning …you do it with blogging friends. I will get my list ready tonight and put it on the blog asap.
    Although I feel at times 'filled to the gunwhales' with books to read….I am ready for spin # 8! Let the chips fall where they may!

  12. Oh good! I'll look forward to your post. Spin away!

    Yes, sometimes you just have to jump in with both feet. Personally, I'm trying to be more measured this coming year because I get in over my head without even trying! :-Z

  13. Hi Jenna! I'm reading lots of Shakespeare at the moment but at least they are relatively short and always interesting. Only a few more days to wait for the revelation!

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