It’s Classics Club Spin time again! The timing is impeccable, as I’m suffering a severe reading hangover after cruising through two thirds of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian Maddaddam series, and feel like I need a real classic to cleanse the palate. Plus, I’ve only read five Classics Club books so far, and I need to read ten per year to stay on track.
What the heck is the Classics Club, you ask? Check out my list and the general idea here.
Want to join me? Here’s the deal:
- Pick twenty books that you have left to read from your Classics Club List (or, you know, your TBR list, if you’re not a Classics Clubber.) Try to challenge yourself: list five 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.)
- Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog by next Monday (Agust 19).
- Monday morning, The Classics Club will announce a number from 1-20. The challenge is to read the corresponding book by October 1, even if it’s an icky one you dread reading!
Here we go! Crossing my fingers that I don’t get Tristram. I’m not ready yet! In the immortal words of Jessie Spano, I’m so excited… I’m so… scared.
- American Pastoral by Philip Roth. I didn’t know that much about Roth when I added this to my list. Now I hear he’s kind of a gross old man who talks about his penis a lot. SOUNDS FASCINATING.
- Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne – Long. Abandoned years ago. Too dense. Scary. But also awesome.
- Clarissa by Samuel Richardson – Long. Sounds dense. But one of those “have to read it” books.
- Stoner by John Williams – Not my sort of book at all, but added based on a rave review.
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – I’ve been poisoned against Mrs. D by 101 Books!
- Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I *do* give a damn. So does MM superfan Maple and a Quill.
- Beloved by Toni Morrison – A controversial book, even today.
- The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliff. If it’s good enough for Northanger Abbey‘s Catherine Morland, it’s good enough for me!
- The Tenent of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte – it’s by a Bronte, need I say more?
- On Beauty by Zadie Smith – never read her, and she’s still alive, as opposed to most of the authors here…
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys – A retelling of Jane Eyre, and I’m not crazy about Jane Eyre. But it’s short!
- Dune by Frank Herbert – Not my usual genre, but my dad told me I have to read it.
- The Monk by Matthew Lewis – Added ironically because of this awesome review.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – I’m curious but sort of meh about the whole HP thing.
- The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck – honestly can’t remember why this made my CC list at all.
- The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Possession by A.S. Byatt
- Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez