I am so happy there's a spin! I love the Classics Club Spin!
- 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 February 1, even if it’s an icky one you dread reading! (No fair not listing any scary ones!)
Rather than have five I 'can't wait to read', five 'neutrals' etc I'm going straight for twenty scary ones, or, at the least, I've no real enthusiasm for - The Spin can be credited for getting me to read some books I'd been dreading and I'd like to keep up the tradition. So, here's my list:
- Rabelais, François - Gargantua and Pantagruel
- Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - Crime and Punishment
- Fielding, Henry - Jonathan Wild
- Oliphant, Margaret - Miss Marjoribanks
- Sterne, Laurence - A Sentimental Journey
- Stendhal - The Red and the Black
- Catullus, Gaius Valerius - The Poems of Catullus
- Suetonius - The Twelve Caesars
- Inchbald, Elizabeth - A Simple Story
- Eliot, George - Romola
- Malory, Thomas - Le Morte D'Arthur
- Lennox, Charlotte - The Female Quixote
- Johnson, Samuel, and Boswell, James - A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland & A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
- Bede - Ecclesiastical History of the English People
- Byron, George Gordon (Lord) - Don Juan
- Tolstoy, Leo - Tales of Army Life
- Ch'êng-ên, Wu - The Monkey
- Béroul - The Romance of Tristan
- Tolstoy, Leo - Resurrection
- Sturluson, Snorri - The Prose Edda
The scariest - Le Morte D'Arthur, and Lord Byron - but really, if I don't get that one, I ought to read it anyway. I haven't read a word of Byron to my knowledge, which is shameful... And Bede - something is needed to push me to read Bede! Ditto Boswell & Johnson. Oh, the amount of times I have started that book....
I'm now looking forward to Monday to see what I get! :)