Classics Club Events

Classics Spin #17 List

I am super excited to participate in Classics Spin #17 because I haven’t participated in years. Like everyone who joined the Classics Club Blog, I made a list of fifty classics. Unfortunately, I have ignored this challenge in the past three years, so I am nowhere near completion. Reading lists remind me of school, and I have enough reading lists to go through in graduate school. Because I predominantly read classics anyway, I don’t feel guilty about fudging the rules a bit to participate in the Classics Spins.

My list this time will include 20 classics that are on my physical and/or electronic TBRs. In January 2018, I implemented a challenge that has effectively slowed my book buying to a halt. And so far, I am quite pleased with the results. Borrowing has encouraged me to take more reading risks. I read more broadly and diversely than I did in the past.

Please note that some of the books on this list are relatively recent classics. Finally, the books are in chronological order by date of publication.

  1. Metamorphoses (c. 8 CE) – Ovid
  2. The Chronicles (c. 1370-1380) – Froissart (abridged by Penguin)
  3. Piers the Plowman (c. 1370-1390) – William Langland
  4. The History of King Richard III (c. 1513-1518) – Thomas More
  5. Notre-Dame de Paris [The Hunchback of Notre-Dame] (1829) – Victor Hugo
  6. North and South (1855) – Elizabeth Gaskell
  7. The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses (1888) – Robert Louis Stevenson
  8. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) – Oscar Wilde
  9. Life of St. Francis of Assisi (1893) – Paul Sabatier
  10. Cyrano de Bergerac (1897) – Edmond Rostand
  11. The Souls of Black Folk (1903) – W.E.B. Du Bois
  12. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905) by Baroness Emma Orczy
  13. The Voyages of Dr. Doolittle (1922) – Hugh Lofting
  14. Sous le soleil de satan [Under Satan’s Sun] (1926) – Georges Bernanos
  15. The Seven Storey Mountain (1948) – Thomas Merton
  16. The Old Man and the Sea (1952) – Ernest Hemingway
  17. Another Country (1962) – James Baldwin
  18. A Single Man (1964) – Christopher Isherwood
  19. The Chocolate War (1974) – Robert Cormier
  20. Howl’s Moving Castle (1986) – Diana Wynne Jones
Classics Club Events

Classics Spin 2014 Book List

The Classics Club is having an event called The Classics Spin. The event will run from February 10 to April 2. Basically, I have to choose 5 books that I am dreading to read, 5 that I can’t wait to read, 5 that I feel neutral about, and 5 others of my choice. I am posting the list today, but people who want to participate in this event have until next Monday, February 10 to post their book list. On February 10, I will be assigned a number from 1-20, and I must read the corresponding book by April 2. So here is my list:

Books I Am Dreading to Read

1.       The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

2.       Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac

3.       Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black) – Stendhal

4.       Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan

5.       Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert


Books I Can’t Wait to Read

6.      Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

7.      Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie

8.     Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott

9.      Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand

10.  De la Terre à la Lune (From the Earth to the Moon) – Jules Verne


Books I Feel Neutral About

11.       The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

12.       Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

13.       Watership Down – Richard Adams

14.       Kim – Rudyard Kipling

15.       Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac


Free Choices

16.       A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

17.       The Black Arrow – Robert Louis Stevenson

18.       1984 – George Orwell

19.       The Prince and the Pauper – Mark Twain

20.       Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf