I feel I have rather neglected the Classic Club of late, although I love it as much as ever. Despite reading a lot of books written before 1960 not all of them would be considered classics and they haven’t been from my Classic Club list (and I am not adding any more to that list!). So having set myself a target to try and read at least two cc books a month from my 180 strong list (gulp!) I think I am a bit behind only reading five since the beginning of May. Therefore I was pleased to see that The Classic Club are hosting another Classic Club spin – I haven’t joined in a spin for ages. One thing a Classic Club spin does do is to re-ignite my enthusiasm for my list – so perhaps September will see me reading more than just one title.
The Rules from the Classic Club site:
“It’s easy. At your blog, by next Monday, August 24, 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 September & October. (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 October 23, 2015. We’ll have a check in here in October, to see who made it the whole way and finished the spin book.”
There are four sections to my list this time, re-reads, women authors, male authors and short story collections.
Five books I have read before:
1 Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
2 Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte
3 Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
4 Doctor Thorne – Anthony Trollope
5 My Career Goes Bung – Miles Franklin
Five books written by women
6 The Curate’s Wife – E H Young
7 The Little Girls – Elizabeth Bowen
8 The Squire – Enid Bagnold
9 Death comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather
10 Cindie – Jean Devanny
Five books written by men
11 The Longest Journey – E M Forster
12 The Way of all Flesh – Samuel Butler
13 The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux
14 Smoke – Ivan Turgenev
15 Effi Briest – Theodor Fontane
Five Collections of short stories
16 A Dedicated Man & other stories – Elizabeth Taylor
17 The Yellow Wallpaper & selected writings – Charlotte Perkins Gillman
18 Roman Fever – Edith Wharton
19 The Murders in the Rue Morgue and other tales – Edgar Alan Poe
20 The Garden Party & other stories – Katherine Mansfield
There is nothing on the list I fear – I don’t have time in my life to read books I am afraid of – but a few of them would actually need to be purchased in order for me to read them – not a problem I have a few vouchers left unspent.
Good luck spinners – I hope you get what you want – whatever that may be.