Thursday, May 8, 2014

Classics Club spin

Every so often, Classics Club does a classics spin - basically, you list 20 books from your list, they post a number between 1 and 20, and whichever book corresponds to that number is the book you have to read before a certain date. This is very convenient for me, because I have literally no idea what to read next from my Classics Club list.

So here are my 20 books:

Five books I'm excited about reading
1. No Name - Wilkie Collins
2. The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe
3. Shirley - Charlotte Bronte
4. Lysistrata - Aristophanes
5. The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells

Five books I'm really hesitant about reading
6. Middlemarch - George Eliot
7. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
8. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
9. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
10. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

Five books I'm on the fence about
11. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
12. A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf
13. Passage to India - E. M. Forster
14. The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
15. The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James

Five books that are rereads
16. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
17. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
18. Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
19. The Fellowship of the Ring - J. R. R. Tolkien
20. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier

Obviously, I'm hoping for a number between 1 and 5 or 16 and 20, because I'm really REALLY dreading the ones between 6 and 10. I hated Mill on the Floss and haven't revisited Eliot since. Russian literature intimidates the hell out of me, Hardy is about as cheerful as a cat that's been stuck out in the rain, I HATED Apocalypse Now and am scared that I'll feel the same about its inspiration, and Robinson Crusoe just seems...dry?? I don't even know...

Have you read any of these? Are the ones between 6 and 15 as scary as I think they are???

K xx


  1. You hated Apocalypse Now??? 0.o

    I would suggest Dante's Inferno or The Prince

  2. Wilhelmina UptonMay 8, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    I've only read Robinson Crusoe as a kid and it was so lalala in my recollection. Not bad but not all too exciting as well. But it has been more than 10 years since so who knows how I think about it now. The others I haven't read so no comment.

  3. If no. 1 comes up this spin, we will share No Name.
    I've read & loved Moonstone & Woman in White a number of years ago, so I'm looking forward to it :-)

    I hope to post my list in the next couple of days - good luck!

  4. I absolutely loved A Room of One's Own - it's definitely a book that will make you think. At the time, I couldn't get enough of Woolf's unique style of writing, which may have influenced my love of the book somewhat.

    Heart of Darkness was supposedly on my uni reading list, although I managed to get by without reading it. I don't plan on changing that state of affairs any time soon.

  5. I hate Heart of Darkness and I've had to read it for three different classes in high school and college. Wasn't a fan of Jude the Obscure, either. But I did like Crime and Punishment.

  6. Oh man, THREE classes??? That sounds horrific. I read the first couple of chapters a million years ago and got so bored that I never bothered to finish it. Which doesn't bode well, really...

  7. I wish I'd adopted that approach to The Mill on the Floss. I read it for a first year English class, and hated every second of it.

  8. I reread The Moonstone and The Woman in White last year, and loved them both just as much as the first time around. Good luck to you too!! :)

  9. Cleo @ Classical CarouselMay 9, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    You are excited about Lysistrata?! Wonderful! It's nice to meet another lover of Greek literature. I have Oedipus at Colonus on my list and I'd be happy to get it. I loved Robinson Crusoe and I also really liked Middlemarch but I do find Eliot attempts an epic novel with this one, so you have to give her a little bit of a break with some of the flow and characters. However, I think she did a great job with what she attempted. Thomas Hardy is pretty depressing, so I understand your dread of anything of his.

    Good luck with your spin!

  10. Oooh this is such a great idea! out of all those on the list, I've only read The Catcher in the Rye and I enjoyed it. The War of the Worlds would be an interesting one too!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  11. WILKIE! Definitely secretly hoping that no. 1 is chosen purely so you can enjoy some more Wilkie. No Name is good. Your whole list is full of some pretty jammy reads, though. Except Heart of Darkness which has me running for the hills even seeing it written down.

  12. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT READING MORE WILKIE OMG. I read half of Heart of Darkness in high school and nearly passed out from boredom. Hating Apocalypse Now just makes me dread it even more...

  13. I really really REALLY hated Apocalypse Now. If I could, I would single-handedly destroy every copy of it in existence.

  14. My full exposure to Robinson Crusoe has been in quotes that were dropped into The Woman in White, all of which were pretty snooze-worthy. Thankfully, it didn't come up in the spin this time around!

  15. My last semester of high school, we studied Tess of the D'Urbervilles and King Lear in literature class. I'm still surprised any of us made it to the exam without a serious case of depression...

  16. I think I'm only on the fence about The Catcher in the Rye because it seems like one of those books that's much more compelling/significant/something if you read it as a teenager... You know?

  17. Heart of Darkness was one of the worst books I have ever read. War of the Worlds is one of my absolute favourites though so it's not all bad. I also haven't heard of No Name and after loving Woman in White and the Moonstone I think I will have to check that one out.


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