The Classics Spin #16.

Old books by Through My Glasses.
I have varied success with the Classics Spin, but that never stops me from joining in! Here are the rules:
  • 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 (favourite author, re-reads, ancients -- whatever you choose.)
  • Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog before Friday, November 17th.
  • That morning (11/17), 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 December 31, even if it's an icky one you dread reading! (No fair not listing any scary ones!)
And here's my list (because I'm aiming for some big reads this winter I've picked fairly short works):

5 you are dreading/hesitant to read

1. The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo.
2. Confessio Amantis by John Gower.
3. Fire of Love by Richard Rolle.
4. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli.
5. A Satire of the Three Estates by David Lindsay.

5 you can't WAIT to read

6. The Epic of Gilgamesh.
7. Elizabethan Love Stories.
8. Astrophel and Stella by Philip Sidney.
9. The Defence of Poesy by Philip Sidney.
10. The Temptation of St. Anthony by Gustave Flaubert.

5 you are neutral about

11. Medieval English Verse.
12. Njáls saga.
13. The Vinland Sagas.
14. The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes and of His Fortunes and Adversities.
15. Adolphe by Benjamin Constant.

5 free choice: 20th Century Novels.

16. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
17. Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges.
18. Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me by Richard Fariña.
19. The Lost World of the Kalahari by Laurens van der Post.
20. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

Happy spinning, everyone!


  1. Hi, o! <3 I just wanted to say hello & wish you luck in the spin! I hope you get something in 6-10 since those are your can't-wait books! I only recognize a couple on your list, ha ha! I feel so underread. But I bet I have you on Margaret Mitchell books! :P xxx <3

    1. You certainly do - the only MM book I've read as you know is Gone With the Wind :)

  2. how does the classics club list come about? the one you're supposed to choose from, i mean...

    1. The Classics Club list is your own invention - you make a list of classics (at least 50) that you would like to read in the next five years. There's more info here and here :) It's been going since 2012 I think and it is great fun :) My own list is here, but as I say if you join in you make your own list yourself :) Are you tempted to join...?

    2. tempted, yes; just having begun my own blog, tho, my attention span is a little attenuated...

  3. Those are SOME book! I really enjoyed The Prince though I honestly cannot say I can relate to such thinking much. but there is no denying there is shrewd politico at work! Hope you enjoy the spin!

    1. I think it'll be a good one to read. I did start it within the past 6 weeks but I was in the middle of my reading slump, so the fact I didn't finish it doesn't mean much :)

  4. First of all, good luck with your spin list! ;)
    I wish you'd get number 4. The perfect way you'd get to the book you are dreading is by letting luck pick it for you :P
    I too hesitated to read it for quite long time, but when I did get to it, it was surprisingly very interesting. I felt like reading a fictional story, not history. Here is my review Hopefully you'll want to read it even if it didn't win.

    1. I have no idea that Flaubert ever wrote The Temptation of St. Anthony!

    2. I think #1 will be interesting; I definitely look forward to #6, with great anticipation (but I'm holding out until my poetry genre of TWEM); and #16 I have heard amazing things. Good luck!

    3. I agree, Fanda - I'm kind of hoping I *do* get a book I'm dreading, it'll be an incentive to read it! :) Also - I saw you've just read The Republic - I just started that last night! Only a few pages in, still not even added it to Goodreads!

      I've also heard great things about #16 - kind of embarrassed I haven't read it yet!

    4. Ah yes.. #16, it's on my CC list-2nd round too. I have been meaning to read it since last year. But as usual...there are too many of them who wave at me to be read (or to be picked up from bookstore) :P


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