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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.


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


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


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