Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Classics Club Spin #21

One of the events offered by the Classics Club is The Classics Club Spin and this month is Spin #21.

Members who participate list twenty books from their classics list that they have not read. I enjoyed the last spin and I still need a push to get me reading from my list, so I am in for another one. I did read 3 books from my Spin #21 list after I posted so I am basically using the previous list and substituting a few new ones in.

So, here is my list of 20 books from my list. On September 23rd, a number will be announced and the goal is to read that book by October 31st. That seems doable.

  1. Things Fall Apart (1958) by Chinua Achebe 
  2. Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Bronte 
  3. The Master and Margarita (1967) by Mikhail Bulgarov
  4. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) by James Cain
  5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958) by Truman Capote
  6. And Then There Were None (1939) by Agatha Christie
  7. Tiger in the Smoke (1952) by Margery Allingham
  8. Our Man in Havana (1958) by Graham Greene
  9. The Talented Mr.Ripley (1955) by Patricia Highsmith
  10. In A Lonely Place (1947) by Dorothy B. Hughes
  11. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962) by Shirley Jackson 
  12. A Wrinkle in Time (1962) by Madeleine L'Engle
  13. A Kiss Before Dying (1953) by Ira Levin
  14. Beast In View (1955) by Margaret Millar
  15. The Pursuit of Love (1945) by Nancy Mitford
  16. The Moviegoer (1961) by Walker Percy
  17. Much Ado About Nothing (1598) by William Shakespeare
  18. Frankenstein (1818) by Mary Shelley 
  19. The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  20. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) by Oscar Wilde

Several of these books are from my list for the Back to the Classics Challenge 2019. I am hoping that the number for one of those will be picked but any one of the books on the list will be a nice read.


Kay said...

I just finished reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Hope #11 wins. Ha!

Cath said...

One of these days I'll actually read something fictional by Nancy Mitford. Enjoyed a book of her essays very much, but not sure I would've liked her as a person.

Rick Robinson said...

If I were to suggest, these five would be the ones from your list.

Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Bronte
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) by James Cain
And Then There Were None (1939) by Agatha Christie
Tiger in the Smoke (1952) by Margery Allingham
The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald

TracyK said...

That would be a perfect one to read in October, Kay. I am assuming you enjoyed it.

TracyK said...

I have always been a little bit interested in the Mitfords, Cath, although I really know little about them.

TracyK said...

All of those sound good, Rick. I probably read Gatsby years and years ago and the same for Jane Eyre. But I don't remember a thing.

Bill Selnes said...

TracyK: A clever way to encourage your reading. I have not read any of the books. I have seen Much Ado About Nothing on stage. Your post reminds me it has been a long time since I saw a Shakespearean play.

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, you have some excellent choices, Tracy! I'd be happy for you if just about any of them came up, actually. In my opinion, the Jackson, the Cain, the Millar, and the Levin are especially good crime fiction novels. And of course the others are excellent, too. Looking forward to your telling us which one you read.

TracyK said...

Bill, I have seen several film versions of Much Ado About Nothing, and I thought this would be an accessible Shakespearean play for me to read. My husband and son are the real Shakespeare fans in the family, so I am trying to broaden my horizons.

TracyK said...

I am very interested in trying the book by Levin, Margot. Some of his books would be too scary for me, I think, but this one sounds more my type of thing. I hope.

Katrina said...

That's a great list, I've read 11 of them - Breakfast at Tiffany's most recently I think. I intend to join in too.

TracyK said...

Most of these I am really looking forward to reading, Katrina, and don't know why I did not before now. A few of them will be challenging to me, but I hope I enjoy them anyway. I will be checking for your list.

col2910 said...

I hope you enjoy these. I think I read three a long time ago - Achebe, Cain and Hughes. A few sit on the TBR pile including Christie

TracyK said...

The number that came up was 5, which is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It will be interesting to see how different it is from the film. Which I haven't seen in quite a while and was depressing.