Saturday, 16 November 2013

The Classics Club - Spin No. 4

The Classics Club is organising a spin again!  A list of 20 classics to read, all ordered in a nice list, and on Monday, there will be a spin, and whichever number is picked, this book I'll read by January 2014 - Let's go!

My Spin list, by order of feeling:

My dreaded

1.  D.H. Lawrence - Lady Chatterley's lover (I've read it once, and found it boring...)
2.  Goethe - Faust (I'll either  love it or hate it...)
3.  Sueskind - Das Parfum (I've seen parts of the movie, and I was slightly nauseous...)
4.  Kafka - Der Prozess (I really don't know what to expect here...)
5.  Nietsche - Also sprach Zarathustra (why are 4 of my dreaded ones German???)

My desired

6.  Rushdie - The Satanic verses (finally, to read what the whole fuss was about...)
7.  Angelou - I know why the caged bird sings (both desired and dreaded, I hope it turns out     to be great!)
8.  Shakespeare - Taming of the Shrew (ohhh...)
9.  Sophocles - Οἰδίπους Τύραννος (Oedipus Rex - a classic masterpiece)
10.  Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes: Scandal in Bohemia (we all need a little scandal now and then...)

My oh well, whatever...

11.  Shelley - Frankenstein (can you believe I haven't read this?)

12.  Shakespeare - Othello (no comment)
13.  Camus - La chutte (I have no idea what to expect)
14.  Zola - Nana (leftover from Zolaaddiction...)
15.  Darwin - On the origin of species (I have to read this at some point...)

My free choices

16.  Swift - Gulliver's travels (I've been meaning to read this ever since I was a child)
17.  Orwell - Animal Farm (a re-read, one of the books that have left a mark on me)
18.  Christie - Murder at the Vickarage (a little whodunnit never hurts)
19.  Miller - Death of a Salesman (I've seen the play quite a number of times, I need to read the book..)
20.  Wharton - House of Mirth (I didn't like the first book of hers I read, so this is my second try)

I'm really curious to see which book I'll be reading - what fun!

UPDATE:  Spin number is 10 -- Scandal in Bohemia, here I come...


  1. I love classics spins. I've read three from your dreaded list and loved The Trial and The Perfume; Lady Chatterley's Lover was interesting book to read but you can say it's a bit outdated.

    I haven't read Frankenstein either :))

  2. Anonymous16/11/13

    Ah, I loved Perfume so much. It's both gorgeous and monstrous at once, but the gorgeous wins out!

    I've wanted to read Gulliver's Travels since I was a child, too.

    Best of luck with your spin pick!

  3. I was also bored by Lady C - it hasn't survived the passing of time very well at all. I suspect it was only ever popular for the 'naughty' bits!!
    I'm a huge Wharton fan, so I hope you can connect better with your 2nd attempt - she's worth it.
    I also have Nana on my list - very keen to read more Zola (I'm half way through Germinal on my epad...which means it's taking me forever to read it - epad's fault not the authors!)

  4. I got Lady Chatterley for Spin #2 and I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed it. Nana is on my list as well (still have more than half the Rougon Macquart series left) and House of Mirth is possibly my favorite Wharton. The first Wharton I ever read was The Age of Innocence, which was good but glacially slow. I didn't get the fuss about Wharton until House of Mirth, so here's hoping you like it if that is your Spin selection. Good luck!

    1. thanks for this info - good luck with your list!




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