Classics Spin #24

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I don’t really have time for this. I have so many books already planned for the next few months, especially library books either to finish or already on hold, as well as a couple possible readalongs. I don’t have time to be adding any more books to my ‘immediate plans’ list. Nope, really should skip this one…so here’s the list. 🙂

  1. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters (England, 1865)
  2. Poe, Edgar Allan: Tales of Mystery and Imagination (U.S., 1830s-40s)
  3. Dickens, Charles: Bleak House (England, 1853)
  4. Hemingway, Ernest: For Whom the Bell Tolls (U.S., 1940)
  5. Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World (England, 1932)
  6. Morrison, Toni: Beloved (U.S., 1987)
  7. Lawrence, D.H.: Sons and Lovers (England, 1913)
  8. James, Henry: The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction (U.S., 1878-1908)
  9. Ellison, Ralph: Invisible Man (U.S., 1952)
  10. Camões, Luís Vaz de: The Lusiad (Portugal, 1572)
  11. Homer: The Odyssey (Greece, c. 8th century BCE)*
  12. Anonymous: Beowulf (Anglo-Saxon, between 8th-11th centuries)*
  13. Trollope, Anthony: Barchester Towers (England, 1857)
  14. Virgil: The Aeneid [Aeneis] (Rome, 29-19 BCE)
  15. Cather, Willa: Death Comes for the Archbishop (U.S., 1927)
  16. Bolaño, Roberto: 2666 (Chile, 2004)
  17. Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury (U.S., 1929)
  18. Carson, Anne, translator: An Oresteia (Greece, 5th century BCE)
  19. Bromfield, Louis: The Farm (U.S.-Ohio, 1933)
  20. Tolstoy, Leo: The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories (Russia, 1886-1912)

A randomized list of my remaining classics club books I already have or are readily available from the library. Titles with an * are rereads.

Looking over the list, I’m reminded why I want to participate in the spin: I can’t decide which of these I want to read first! Even the long titles are appealing (I’m kind of hoping for 2666, actually, and I’m sure I don’t have time to read that, even with a September 30 deadline.)

Here’s to a good spin!

6 thoughts on “Classics Spin #24”

    1. I wouldn’t mind either, although part of me wants to reread The Bluest Eye before reading Beloved. Although it probably doesn’t really matter! I’ve never read any Hemingway, which is a reading miss I really need to remedy.

  1. Wow, you have some ambitious titles there! 2666 terrifies me. I want to read the Lusiad but that terrifies me too. Good luck! I love your ‘I really don’t have time for this, here we go’ attitude.

    1. Thanks, Jean! There’s something about the Spins that makes them hard to resist, and I’ve been doing well with them lately. I actually started 2666 about a year ago and was making okay progress, but library books proved more important, so it was indefinitely set aside. I guess I don’t know enough about the Lusiad, but it’s not very long, so that’s in it’s favor!

  2. So many great books on your list! I loved Wives & Daughters (long but an easy, fast read) and Bleak House (not as fast but still wonderful). Barchester Towers is one of my favorites by Trollope, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed Sons & Lovers. Good luck with the spin!

    1. Gaskell is one of my favorite authors, which is why I was willing to include Wives and Daughters despite its length. It’s been so long since I’ve read any Dickens that I can’t validly say what I think of him anymore, but I’m happy to how much you enjoyed these books. Thanks!

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