A Classics Spin for Summer

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So it’s almost August. Where did the summer go? I’ve been so, so terribly busy, that I feel as if it’s completely passed me by. And yes, I realize that there’s still August left, but the local schools start up in just a couple weeks, and so it always feels as if summer’s nearly gone once we arrive at the last weekend of July.

However, the new moderators of The Classics Club (Welcome!) have decided to start their tenure off with a bang, with one of the ever-popular “spins,” and it’s set to coincide entirely with the month of August. A reason to celebrate one last summer, month, I think. I’ve set out a list below that is mostly based on books already on my self–I really am trying to do better about reading from the shelves. So, I suppose that what I’m truly hoping for is a selection that I already own. Although part of me really wants #20, as I keep picking up 2666 to read and find other books sneaking in ahead (to be fair, most of those other books have either been library books or otherwise had some sort of deadline attached). Regardless, it’s always fun!

And you, are you spinning?

  1. Virgil: The Aeneid [Aeneis] (Rome, 29-19 BCE)
  2. Anonymous: Beowulf (Anglo-Saxon, between 8th-11th centuries)
  3. Shakespeare, William: Merchant of Venice (England, c. 1596)
  4. Stendhal: The Charterhouse of Parma (France, 1839)
  5. Brontë, Anne: Agnes Grey (England, 1847)
  6. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cranford (England, 1853)
  7. Hardy, Thomas: Far From the Madding Crowd (England, 1874)
  8. Tolstoy, Leo: The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories (Russia, 1886-1912)
  9. Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (England, 1891)
  10. Wells, H.G.: The Time Machine (England, 1895)
  11. Wharton, Edith: The House of Mirth (U.S., 1905)
  12. Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury (U.S., 1929)
  13. Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World (England, 1932)
  14. Bromfield, Louis: The Farm (U.S.-Ohio, 1933)
  15. Wright, Richard: Native Son (U.S., 1940)
  16. Ellison, Ralph: Invisible Man (U.S., 1952)
  17. Spark, Muriel: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Scotland, 1961)
  18. Borges, Jorge Luis: Ficciones (Argentina, 1962)
  19. Dick, Philip K.: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (U.S., 1968)
  20. Bolaño, Roberto: 2666 (Chile, 2004)

8 thoughts on “A Classics Spin for Summer”

    1. Thanks, Cleo! My mom loved House of Mirth also. I’m mostly hoping I already have whichever book I spin and don’t have to find a library copy!

  1. My goodness, I think every second spinner this round has Far From the Madding Crowd on their list!
    I only notice because it was my ccspin for the last one.

    Good luck on Weds!

    1. Thanks, Brona! Far From the Madding Crowd happens to be one of the club books I have a copy of, which was enough to make the list this go around.

  2. Love Agnes Grey, The House of Mirth, Far From the Madding Crowd, Tess, Cranford, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Good luck and happy reading!

    1. Thanks, Carol! I’ve never read any Wells, so I’m looking forward to it at some point, for that reason if nothing else.

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