My first spin didn’t go quite as planned. Given two months to complete your selected classic, I completely guffawed the process thinking “I don’t even need ONE month”. But boy, was I wrong. It was SO hard to fit a classic into my already crammed reading schedule (which isn’t so much a schedule but the egging pressure of having 20 library books checked out at one time and the “need” to read them all! That’s for another time though…). A week or so after the official end of the spin I finally managed to finish The Martian Chronicles, but to be fair, I listened to a large portion of the audiobook multiple times, surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The novel is a collection of stories exploring the effects of colonization on native populations and how our attempt to escape certain traditions or societal strictures is, ironically, a fruitless endeavor (given his allegories are extreme). My favorite chapter, by far, is the one based on The Fall of the House of Usher.
Then, somehow, I managed to fit in TWO other classics via audiobooks since the last spin! After so many trial and errors with The Martian Chronicles, how I found time for two more is beyond me.
Total Classics Read: 3
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Burns
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Unfortunately, after checking and checking and checking The Classics Club
, I missed the announcement for Spin #14! So, in order to mimic the spin process, I’m moving on with the usual list of 20 classics, chosen from my lengthier TBR
, and picking a random number from a hat.
To the List!
1. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
2. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
3. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
4. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
5. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
6. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
7. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
8. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
9. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe
10. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
11. White Fang by Jack London
12. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
13. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
14. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
15. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
16. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
17. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
18. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
19. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
20. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
And the lucky winner is…
#18 Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens!
It’s been a while since I’ve read Dickens, even though he’s one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait! I was hoping to get House of Mirth or Three Musketeers, so I might try to fit those in too. I have until December 1st, so hopefully that’ll be plenty of time!
What will you be reading this spin?