Monday, March 7, 2016

The Classics Club Spin #12

Let's try this again, shall we? I have failed (or not participated in) every one of these spins except one (The Wide Sargasso Sea in 2014). As they say, never stop trying.

Details from the Classics Club site:

It’s easy. At your blog, by next Monday, March 7, list your choice of any twenty books you’ve left to read from your Classics Club list — in a separate post.

This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books in March & April. (Details follow.) So, try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books 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.)

Next Monday, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by May 2, 2016. We’ll have a check in here in May, to see who made it the whole way and finished the spin book.

I'm not going to choose overly challenging books so I won't set myself up for failure. I am going to choose randomly from my CC list though.

My list:

1. The Lambs of London, Peter Ackroyd
2. The Collector, John Fowles
3. The Sylph, Georgiana Cavendish
4. She, H. Rider Haggard
5. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
6. The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
7. What Maisie Knew, Henry James
8. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
9. Contact, Carl Sagan
10. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
11. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Suskind
12. The Magnificent Ambersons, Booth Tarkington
13. The Master, Colm Toibin
14. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
15. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
16. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
17. Orlando, Virgina Woolf
18. Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
19. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
20. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

Wish me luck!



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  1. The Magnificent Ambersons was my very first spin book - it was a magnificent read (see what I did there?)

    I love the modern day classics on your list too - Perfume is extraordinary. Contact was a very profound read for me when I read it 20 yrs ago. The Secret History was enjoyable but I wonder if you have to be a uni-aged student to really fall in love with it? I'd love to reread The Shipping News - I remember it starting off so bleak and loving how it found its heart.

    Happy spin!

  2. Oh I read The Wide Sargasso Sea last year. Not a book I probably would have picked but I read it with my reading group. It got quite a mixed response but on the whole wasn't that well received.

    I've been planning to get hold of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and Fingersmith for a long time now.

  3. I really should do these sometimes - particularly since I suck at getting my classics read!

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