Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Classics Club Spin #24

One of the events offered by The Classics Club is The Classics Club Spin. Spin #24 has just been announced. A number will be announced on Sunday, August 9, and the goal is to read, review and post about that book by September 30, 2020.

Members who participate list twenty books from their classics list that they have not read. I am mostly using my list for the previous spin, with a few changes. I was aiming to include mostly long books, since there is so much time to read the book, but I discovered I don't have that many long classics left on my classics list

So, here is my list of 20 books for the spin.

  1. Things Fall Apart (1958) by Chinua Achebe   [209 pages]
  2. Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Bronte   [452 pages]
  3. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) by James Cain
  4. The Sign of Four (1890) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
  5. Anna Karenina (1878) by Leo Tolstoy  [over 800 pages]
  6. The Quiet American (1958) by Graham Greene   [180 pages]
  7. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955) by Patricia Highsmith
  8. In a Lonely Place (1947) by Dorothy B. Hughes
  9. Foundation (1951) by Isaac Asimov  
  10. A Wrinkle in Time (1962) by Madeleine L'Engle
  11. Beast In View (1955) by Margaret Millar
  12. The Pursuit of Love (1945) by Nancy Mitford
  13. The Moviegoer (1961) by Walker Percy   [200 pages]
  14. Much Ado About Nothing (1598) by William Shakespeare
  15. Frankenstein (1818) by Mary Shelley    [273 pages]
  16. Sense and Sensibility (1811) by Jane Austen   
  17. Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker    [420 pages]
  18. The Beast Must Die (1938) by Nicholas Blake
  19. The Invisible Man (1897) by H.G. Wells
  20. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962) by Shirley Jackson

I have no favorites on this list, but some would be easier to read than others.


pattinase (abbott) said...

I have read most of them and there are some great choices. IN A LONELY PLACE is a favorite of mine. Especially when you watch the movie and see how much was changed and how it still worked wonderfully. Also love WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE which is weirdly wonderful. And RIPLEY is always a treat. And THE MOVIEGOER sort of sums up mid-century angst.
The longest one-I haven't read-- ANNA KARENINA. Always mean to read it but I know the ending and don't want to read about that right now.

R's Rue said...

A great list.

Neeru said...

Have read 10 of these, Tracy. It is a great list and I'd be happy seeing you reading anything from the list.

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, these are terrific choices, Tracy. Honestly, I think you'll enjoy whichever one you get.

TracyK said...

I think I will enjoy any of the books on this list, Patti, although IN A LONELY PLACE would be perfect. I have not seen the movie and I want to read the book first. I read ANNA KARENINA and WAR AND PEACE in my youth when I devoured anything, but I would like to see how I like ANNA KARENINA now.

TracyK said...

Thank, R's Rue. I look forward to finding out what the pick will be.

TracyK said...

Neeru, It is a good list and I am hoping my list will inspire me to read several of these in the coming months.

TracyK said...

Me too, Margot. I like the mix of genres.

Kay said...

Quite a variety of books and genres here, Tracy. My favorite is Sense and Sensibility, but I also liked We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Those two are very different. LOL

TracyK said...

Kay, I will be happy if I get SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, but it is the last one of the Austen books I haven't read, so I have been putting it off. I have always been wary of WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE, but decided I really do need to read it.

Cath said...

I hope you get Foundation. I've never read it so would be interested to hear if it's any good (lots of people reckon it is). Whatever you get, 'enjoy'.

TracyK said...

Foundation would be a good one, Cath. I had been planning to read it sometime this summer anyway.

Katrina said...

That's an interesting list. I've read eleven of them but some I haven't even heard of.

TracyK said...

Katrina, one of the most difficult ones for me to read will be Much Ado About Nothing. I have problems understanding Shakespeare. But I thought this would be the easiest play for me to read. I hope it goes well, if it is the one picked.

col2910 said...

I've read 3 or 4 and have a couple ore tog et to. I don't feel an urge to try and cover any of the others though. Good luck with the challenge.

TracyK said...

Col, The number was 18, which means I will be reading The Beast Must Die. I look forward to that one for sure.