It's Classics Club Spin time again! Each Clubber has a personal list of 50-100 classic books that we have chosen to be our challenge list. For the Spin we pick 20 of those titles and put them into a numbered list. On August 9th the Club moderators will draw a number from 1 to 20 and we have to read that book on our list by the end of September and report back to the Club.
I failed completely for Spin #23 - I just could not read anything in April and May. But I'm hoping to be in a reading mood now, so here's a list of books that I think I have on my shelves or can get for my Kindle. First publication date is in parentheses.
- At Swim-two-birds, Flann O'Brien (1939)
- Billy Budd and other Tales, Herman Melville (~1891)
- Candide, Voltaire (1759)
- The Dubliners, James Joyce (1914)
- Emma, Jane Austen (1815)
- Enemies, A Love Story, Isaac Bashevis Singer (1966)
- Eugénie Grandet, Honoré de Balzac (1833)
- Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (1884)
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (1847)
- The Man in the Brown Suit, Agatha Christie (1924)
- Oroonoko, The Rover and Other Works, Aphra Behn (<1689)
- The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas, Gertrude Stein (1933)
- The Rainbow, D. H. Lawrence (1915)
- The Reef, Edith Wharton (1912)
- A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (1859)
- Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (1958)
- This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920)
- Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome (1889)
- The Vicar of Bullhampton, Anthony Trollope (1870)
- Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell (1864)
I'm looking forward to reading them all eventually, but I think I'd like to tackle Gertrude Stein's "The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas". Go #12!
UPDATE: The spin is #18, so I have a date with "Three Men in a Boat" by Jerome K. Jerome. Everyone tells me it's great fun, so I'm happy. Cheerful books are easier for me to concentrate on during these trying days.