I really wasn't certain whether I wanted to participate in the new Classics Club spin. My last spin was a fail; I read the first essay of God in the Dock and then realized that I wouldn't do it justice with a quick read and a quicker post, so away it went back onto the list for when I have more time. However, I did read Cirtnecce's spin book, The Time Machine, so all was not lost. At the moment though, I have so many reads going that adding another book just didn't appeal to me ............. Until I told myself that I am trying to concentrate on paring down my Classics Club list this year, and gave myself the permission to tweak the spin list a little. I hope something good comes of it. If I don't succeed with this spin, it will be my third fail, or almost fail, in a row and my self-esteem just couldn't take it. ;-)
The Rules for the spin are:
The Rules for the spin are:
- Go to your blog.
- Pick twenty books that you've got left to read from your Classics Club list.
- Post that list, numbered 1 - 20, on your blog by next Monday.
- Monday morning, we'll announce a number from 1 - 20. Go to the list of twenty books you posted and select the book that corresponds to the number we announce.
- The challenge is to read that book by May 2nd.
I used the random list organizer here to choose the 20 books from my master list. Then I tweaked them, so my list ended up looking like this:
- Richard III (1592) - William Shakespeare
- Villette (1853) - Charlotte Brönte
- The Robe (1942) - Lloyd C. Douglas
- Twenty Years After (1845) - Alexandre Dumas
- The Histories (450-420 B.C.) - Herodotus
- Metamorphoses (8) - Ovid
- Dead Souls (1842) - Nikolai Gogol
- Framely Parsonage (1860 - 1861) - Anthony Trollope
- Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532 - 1564) - François Rabelais
- The Faerie Queene (1590-96) - Edmund Spenser
- The Republic (380 B.C.) - Plato
- Huckleberry Finn (1884) - Mark Twain
- Henry V (1599) - William Shakespeare
- A Doll's House (1879) - Henrik Ibsen
- The Waves (or other) 1931) - Virginia Woolf
- Bondage of the Will (1525) - Martin Luther
- Tevye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor's Son (1894) - Sholem Aleichem
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831) - Victor Hugo
- Fear and Trembling (1843) - Soren Kierkegaard
- The Pilgrim's Progress (1678) - John Bunyan
Since I've completely manipulated my list (well, not completely ..... I changed out about 6 books) I don't really have any that I'm dreading. All the ones I'd dread, such as Metamorphoses, The Faerie Queene and The Histories, I'm already reading or have plans to read, so I'm really fine with anything on the list. I will admit to removing Augustine's City of God; I'd love to read it but my time is so limited that if it was chosen, I'd be breathing in a paper bag. ;-)
As for books that I'm anticipating with eagerness ..... I will say Metamorphoses because I'm already more than half way through! How's that for manipulation?
Oh Muse, sing of my spin choice ..........