Classics Club Spin 26

I was happy to see another Classics Club spin pop up this week–while I’ve been steadily reading all year, I haven’t been doing so well with my Classics Club list. Time for some accountability!

Books selected primarily (thought not exclusively) by what I already have on hand, and order randomized. Can’t wait to see what I’ll be reading!

  1. Cather, Willa: Death Comes for the Archbishop (U.S., 1927)
  2. Anonymous: Njal’s Saga (Iceland, 13th century)
  3. Baldwin, James: Go Tell It on the Mountain (U.S., 1953)
  4. Hemingway, Ernest: For Whom the Bell Tolls (U.S., 1940)
  5. Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World (England, 1932)
  6. Anonymous: Beowulf (Anglo-Saxon, between 8th-11th centuries)
  7. Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury (U.S., 1929)
  8. Bromfield, Louis: The Farm (U.S.-Ohio, 1933)
  9. Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de: Three Exemplary Novels (Spain, 1613)
  10. Virgil: The Aeneid [Aeneis] (Rome, 29-19 BCE)
  11. Brontë, Anne: Agnes Grey (England, 1847)
  12. Carson, Anne, translator: An Oresteia (Greece, 5th century BCE)
  13. Trollope, Anthony: Barchester Towers (England, 1857)
  14. Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe: The Leopard [Il Gattopardo] (Italy, 1958)
  15. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters (England, 1865)
  16. Homer: The Iliad (Greece, c. 8th century BCE)
  17. Poe, Edgar Allan: Tales of Mystery and Imagination (U.S., 1830s-40s)
  18. Dickens, Charles: Bleak House (England, 1853)
  19. Radcliffe, Ann: The Italian (England, 1797)
  20. Swift, Jonathan: Gulliver’s Travels (England, 1726)

14 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin 26”

  1. I see some great titles here, Amanda. Bleak House is one of my favorites from Dickens. Agnes Grey is short and straight forward, but quite compelling.
    I also have Barchester Towers on my list, and a Willa Cather’s – My Antonia.
    Good luck!

    1. Thanks, Fanda! I’m looking forward to all the books you list – but sometimes it’s hard deciding where to start. Which is one of the nice things about the spins.

  2. I have Bleak House on my list too! So many good ones here. Death Comes For The Archbishop is wonderful. I love Beowulf and seeing The Iliad reminds me that I have to finish up my read-along. I can’t wait to see what you get!

    1. Cleo, I’ve heard good things about Bleak House, and I’m kinda wanting to read a Dickens. Only problem is the length, but May 31 does feel far away. Beowulf and Iliad would both be rereads, but in new-to-me translations. (Unless I get lazy and reread Iliad in the copy I own.)

  3. I’m with Fanda, Bleak House is a wonderful Dickens.
    I read The Leopard a number of years ago, but I’m not sure I really appreciated it, or I completely missed the point of it or something. I’m willing to try again, but I hope you do better, if the spin spins that one for you!

    1. Brona, the one book I can say with high certainty that I will be reading this spring is The Leopard, regardless of whether or not I spin it–I just got it from the library, so it’s just waiting. Hopefully I’ll get along better with it than you did. But I wouldn’t mind spinning Bleak House either.

  4. I recently read Agnes Grey and The Barchester towers, you’re in for a couple of excellent reads 🙂

  5. I recently read W&D for the first time…excellent. Bleak House is one of my favorite Dickens’ and Death Comes for the Archbishop is poignant and beautiful.

    1. I’m really looking forward to Wives and Daughters–I’ve loved everything else I’ve read by Gaskell. So much praise for Bleak House and Death Comes for the Archbishop too–I guess whatever’s spun, I’ll have to make sure they move up the queue!

    1. Deb, I hesitated to put Wives and Daughters on my spin list because of the length but I’ve heard that it reads pretty quickly despite that. Gaskell is also a favorite author, so I’m sure I’ll read it, it’s just a question of when.

  6. You’ve got some great titles here but Wives and Daughters stands out. I read it last year for my classics list and it’s definitely one of my favourite books ever. I’m interested as well in what you make of The Leopard, I agree with Brona, I think I must have been missing something! Happy Spinning!!

    1. Jane, even though I didn’t spin Wives and Daughters, I can’t wait to read it. I might have to add it to my summer list? Your and Brona’s comments make me a little nervous about The Leopard though–sounds like background research time–hopefully there’s a good introduction in the copy I have.

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