I’m playing a fun game hosted by The Classics Club. https://theclassicsclubblog.wordpress.com/2020/11/16/cc-spin-25/ I have to list twenty books of my choice that I have yet to read on my classics list. On Sunday, the 22nd of November ( yes, I wait till the last minute to do anything!), they will pick a number from my spin list and I have to read whatever book falls under that number by 30th January 2021. The books can include favorites and re-reads but also books you find daunting and have been putting off. The idea is to challenge yourself.
So here’s my list in no particular order:
- The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
- The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
- Le Deuxième Sexe ( The Second Sex) by Simone de Beauvoir
- The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
- Beowulf- Translated by Maria Dahvana Headley
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
- Vanity Fair by William Makepiece Thackeray
- The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
- Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
- Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Thorn Birds, Lolita, Gone with the Wind and Madame Bovary are among the books I have read already but decades ago when I was in college. It would be interesting to revisit any of them from the perspective of an older and wiser person. 🙂 I have read parts of Simone de Beauvoir’s book but at a much younger age and I think I would appreciate it a lot better now. Song of Solomon and Midnight’s Children are relatively recent publications and I suppose they would fall in the category of modern classics. A Hundred Years of Solitude is a book that I have started once or twice but abandoned. It would be worth trying to pick it up again. The third time could be the charm. I included the new translation of Beowulf as my background is in medieval literature and there has to be at least one book from that period that shows up on my list. This translation seems interesting as it is supposedly rendered from a feminist perspective of the work. All the rest are books that I have been meaning to read for a long time and I would be happy wherever the number lands.
What do you think of my list? Are there any on it that you have read and enjoyed? I love classics and at some point I hope to finish reading everything on my list but for now I’m excited to see what I get tomorrow.