Classics Club Spin

I’m playing a fun game hosted by The Classics Club. 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:

  1. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
  2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  4. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  6. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  7. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
  8. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  9. Le Deuxième Sexe ( The Second Sex) by Simone de Beauvoir
  10. The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  11. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  12. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
  13. Beowulf- Translated by Maria Dahvana Headley
  14. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  15. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  16. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  17. Vanity Fair by William Makepiece Thackeray
  18. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  19. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  20. 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.

4 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin

  1. What a great list! I read The Grapes of Wrath at the beginning of this year and think about it often, one of the best books ever. Lots that I haven’t read yet, including The Second Sex which I really should read and very interesting from a history of feminism angle. . .

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