The Classics Spin!

I’m participating in the Classics Club’s “Classics Spin” this week.

It’s kind of like a game, I list a bunch of books (following certain criteria) from my Classics List, and post them here. ย A number will be chosen on August 11th, and the book I have on that number I have to read by October 6th.

As good a way as any to pick another one of the books on my list that I’m going to read in August/September ๐Ÿ™‚

So, here is my list, of books I really want to read, books I’m kinda dreading, books I’m fairly neutral about, and a few others thrown in for good measure. ย In no particular order.

  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany โ€“ John Irving
  2. Don Quixotie โ€“ Miguel de Cervantes
  3. Watership Down โ€“ Richard Adams
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird โ€“ Harper Lee
  5. The Bell Jar โ€“ Sylvia Plath
  6. O Pioneers! โ€“ Willa Cather
  7. The Jungle โ€“ Upton SInclair
  8. Dandelion Wine โ€“ Ray Bradbury
  9. The House of the Seven Gables โ€“ Nathaniel Hawthorne
  10. Little Woman โ€“ Louisa May Alcott
  11. Charlotte Temple โ€“ Susanna Rowson
  12. A Little Princess โ€“ Frances Hodgson Burnett
  13. Little Men โ€“ Louisa May Alcott
  14. Their Eyes Were Watching God โ€“ Zora Neale Hurston
  15. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurโ€™s Court โ€“ Mark Twain
  16. The Poisonwood Bible โ€“ Barbara Kingsolver
  17. The World According to Garp โ€“ John Irving
  18. The Little Prince โ€“ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  19. Tale of Two Cities โ€“ Charles Dickens
  20. ย Persuasion โ€“ Jane Austen

[Edit: ย And the number chosen is 17. ย The World According to Garp it will be….]

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13 thoughts on “The Classics Spin!”

  1. Great list! Do you have one that you’re particularly dreading?
    I’m kind of liking The Bell Jar, or The Jungle. I have no idea why. These are books that I wouldn’t normally choose. Perhaps it’s because I’m on vacation and I’m relaxed and therefore, much more open-minded. ๐Ÿ˜‰ In any case, I hope you enjoy your spin choice!
    Happy reading!

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    1. The Jungle is actually one of the ones I’m kind of dreading… I read it for a class back in college, and remember having a bit of a hard time getting through it… and Don Quixote — it’s one of those books I WANT to read, but have never gotten past the first few pages because the writing took me a bit to get into the flow of.
      I read the Bell Jar back in High School, and remember finding it really interesting, so I’m kind of excited to re-read it now that I’m a fair amount older and probably will relate to the story in a very different way.

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  2. Wonderful list! I just read To Kill a Mockingbird, and it is now one of my all-time favorite books. Cervantes does take some time to get used to, but once your past the first few pages, it gets better and better. Enjoy your spin book.

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    1. To Kill a Mockingbird is another one of those ones I read ages ago (middle school! A friend of mine wrote a song about it that still occasionally passes through my mind) that I’ve been meaning to read again ๐Ÿ™‚
      I figure I’ll be able to get into Cervantes, I’ve been able to manage Hugo so, I should be able to handle Cervantes… I just need a little push!

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  3. I liked this post a great deal. I’m an avid and varied reader. At present, I’m reading E.M. Forster’s book, ‘A Passage to India,’ also a classic.

    Thanks for following me – it has given me an opportunity to explore your blog – and become a follower. ๐Ÿ™‚

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