Read-A-Thon

My Spin Pick: Grapes of Wrath

I’ve only read one work by John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men. I have never cried as hard or as long as when I read the final chapters of that book. John Steinbeck is famous for his depressing plots, so I need to be in the right head-space to read Grapes of Wrath.

Nevertheless, I am excited to pick it up in the next week. Grapes of Wrath has been on my physical TBR for many years. My edition was given to me by a high school teacher before she retired.

Here is what Goodreads has to say about the book:

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First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics.

The Great Depression is an era that I don’t know much about. Hopefully, this work will inspire me to learn more about this important time in American history.

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The Reading Spin challenge is hosted quarterly by the Classics Club blog.

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Classics Spin #22 List

I have only completed one classics spin ever. But new year, new start. I am bound and determined to complete the first spin challenge of the new year. Besides, most of the books on the list are either required reading for my PhD exam or are on my physical TBR.

1) Notre Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) by Victor Hugo

2) Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) by Choderlos de Laclos

3) L’Amour, La Fantasia by Assia Djebar

4) La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma) by Stendhal

5) W, ou Les Souvenir d’Enfance (W, or the Memory of Childhood) by Georges Perec

6) Wicked by Gregory Maguire

7) Atonement by Ian McEwan

8) Bleak House by Charles Dickens

9) Barnaby Ridge by Charles Dickens

10) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

11) The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

12) The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

13) Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

14) East of Eden by John Steinbeck

15) The Aeneid by Virgil

16) The Waves by Virginia Woolf

17) The Autobiography of Frederick Douglass

18) A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

19) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

20) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

 

Classics club spin page: https://theclassicsclubblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/15/cc-spin-22/

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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
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Classics Club Spin Number: 1

I will be reading The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (in the modern English, translated by Nevill Coghill) for Classics Club Spin #6. I know that this is a challenging work, but I am excited to read this one. Because it is a long poem, though, I better start reading now.

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If you are participating in the Classics Club Spin, what book will you be reading?

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Classics Club Spin #6

I will be participating in the Classics Club Spin #6. Although all the books on this list are classics, not all of them are on my Classics Book List. I have decided to do this because I need to get through the books I have already bought before buying new works.

Books I Am Excited To Read

1. The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
2. Scènes de la Vie de Bohème – Henri Murger
3. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
4. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
5. The Black Arrow – Robert Louis Stevenson

Rereads

6. Le Père Goriot (Father Goriot) – Honoré de Balzac
7. Jean de Florette – Marcel Pagnol
8. Fear and Trembling – Søren Kierkegaard
9. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
10. Phèdre – Jean Racine

Books I Am Dreading (because of length or subject matter)

11. Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac
12. La Princesse de Clèves (The Princesse de Clèves) – Madame de Lafayette
13. Vingt Mile Lieues Sous Les Mers (20000 Leagues Under the Sea) – Jules Verne
14. Cyrano de Bergerac  – Edmond Rostand
15. Watership Down – Richard Adams

Others

16. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
17. The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle – Hugh Lofting
18. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Emmuska Orczy
19. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
20. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

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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