Classics Spin #22

I was looking over my Classics Club list recently, and truthfully, wondering why I ever put some of these titles on the list. Why so many long books? Or really, really old books? Or just books that aren’t grabbing my interest today? The answer, of course: most of them are already on my shelves. That doesn’t necessarily inspire me to read them right now, though. But a Classics Club spin, is usually good for a bit of inspiration, and what better way to pick my classic to start the new year? Here’s hoping for something I’ll love!

  1. Carson, Anne, translator: An Oresteia (Greece, 5th century BCE)
  2. Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World (England, 1932)
  3. Anonymous: Beowulf (Anglo-Saxon, between 8th-11th centuries)
  4. Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury (U.S., 1929)
  5. Anonymous: Njal’s Saga (Iceland, 13th century)
  6. James, Henry: The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction (U.S., 1878-1908)
  7. Camões, Luís Vaz de: The Lusiad (Portugal, 1572)
  8. Radcliffe, Ann: The Italian (England, 1797)
  9. Bolaño, Roberto: 2666 (Chile, 2004)
  10. Homer: The Odyssey (Greece, c. 8th century BCE)
  11. Poe, Edgar Allan: Tales of Mystery and Imagination (U.S., 1830s-40s)
  12. Brontë, Anne: Agnes Grey (England, 1847)
  13. Hardy, Thomas: Far From the Madding Crowd (England, 1874)
  14. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cranford (England, 1853)
  15. Tolstoy, Leo: The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories (Russia, 1886-1912)
  16. Dickens, Charles: Bleak House (England, 1853)
  17. Lawrence, D.H.: Sons and Lovers (England, 1913)
  18. Virgil: The Aeneid [Aeneis] (Rome, 29-19 BCE)
  19. Bromfield, Louis: The Farm (U.S.-Ohio, 1933)
  20. Borges, Jorge Luis: Ficciones (Argentina, 1962)

10 thoughts on “Classics Spin #22”

    1. Thanks! I’m actually kind of hoping I get 2666, as I started it over the summer, but only made it about 75-80 pages before for the library holds started coming in and I neglected it.

  1. I can sympathise – when I put my list together I included Canterbury Tales and some Greek Tragedies. The tragedies were actually pretty good but Ive yet to get through the Chaucer

    1. I just need to remember that sometimes something that sounds unexciting (or daunting) can turn out to be a favorite read! My dad’s actually a really big Canterbury Tales fan (one of the few books he’s willing to reread), but I still haven’t read it.

  2. I think this is the last Hardy I have on my list (at least this version of it). I read Tess of the D’Urbervilles last year for a spin and it took my forever – I’m hoping I get along with Far From the Madding Crowd better!

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