Classic Club Spin #8.
It's time for another spin! Last one didn't go so well for me - I got The Adolescent by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and I didn't get around to even starting it, this time however I am determined!
- Go to your blog.
- Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List.
- 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.
- Monday morning, we’ll announce a number from 1-20. Go to the list of twenty books you posted, and select the book that corresponds to the number we announce.
- The challenge is to read that book by January 5, even if it’s an icky one you dread reading! (No fair not listing any scary ones!)
Here's my list:
Five books I'm dreading:
1. Plato - The Last Days of Socrates2. Thomas Hobbes - Leviathan3. Bede - Ecclesiastical History of the English People4. Apollodorus - The Library of Greek Mythology5. Henry James - The Golden Bowl
Five books I can't wait to read:
6. Voltaire - Letters on England7. John Steinbeck - The Winter of Our Discontent8. Juliet Barker - The Brontës9. Victoria Glendinning - Trollope10. Virginia Woolf - A Passionate Apprentice
Five books I'm neutral about:
11. Wu Ch'êng-ên - The Monkey12. Benjamin Disraeli - Sybil13. George Gissing - New Grub Street14. George Moore - Esther Waters15. Josef Škvorecký - The Cowards
Free choice - five chunksters:
16. Samuel Johnson - Clarissa17. Frederick W. Maitland - The Life and Letters of Leslie Stephen18. Thomas Malory - Le Morte D'Arthur19. Ford Madox Ford - Parade's End20. James Boswell - The Life of Samuel Johnson
I'm looking forward to Monday!
Meanwhile, I'm currently reading War and Peace (I'm just starting Book IV). It's a book I've always hated (so far I've read it twice), but someone recommended a different translation (the Maude translation) and it has really done the trick! I'm very much enjoying it, and can now say with War and Peace I'm third time lucky! And this really gives me hope for Anna Karenina, a book so many people love and again I hate. I don't plan on reading it straight after War and Peace (I've done that before, reading two books in a row by the same author, and ultimately getting them a little bit confused). I expect I'll finish it over the weekend, so I'll write about it next week. And I think I'm likely to read another chunkster. This really is the time of year for them, and now I'm over my reading rut I'm enjoying going to bed early and reading for hours. I hope for my Spin I get a chunkster, though The Life of Samuel Johnson is a little intimidating!