In yet another attempt to tackle my to-be-read pile I’ve decided to take a leaf out of the book put together by The Classics Club blog.
They have a concept called the ‘Classics Spin’, as detailed at https://theclassicsclubblog.wordpress.com/:
What is the spin?
It’s easy. At your blog, before next Friday, November 17th, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.
This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the year (details to follow). Try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, re-reads, ancients — whatever you choose.)
On Friday, November 17th, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by December 31, 2017. We’ll check in here in January to see who made it the whole way and finished their spin book!
This looks like a (just about) manageable challenge — this from one who never quite completes a challenge (looks like achieving Mount TBR for 2017 is going to be very tight). At least I know I’ve got twenty titles on my shelves that bit the bill! Here they are, in a sort of alphabetical order.
1. Apollonius: Jason and the Golden Fleece
2. J M Barrie: Peter Pan
3. Angela Brazil: The School in the Turrets
4. Anne Bronte: Agnes Grey
5. Charlotte Bronte: Shirley
6. Frances Hodgson Burnett: A Little Princess
7. Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden
8. Thomas Carlyle: Sartor Resartus
9. Anton Chekhov: Early Stories
10. Charles Dickens: Pictures from Italy
11. Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist
12. George Eliot: Middlemarch
13. Hermann Hesse: Steppenwolf
14. Charles Kingsley: Hypatia
15. Rudyard Kipling: Kim
16. D H Lawrence: The Princess and other stories
17. Niccolò Machiavelli: The Prince
18. Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca
19. George du Maurier: Trilby
20. L M Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables
You’ll notice a rather wide mix: non-fiction as well as fiction, children’s and well as adult novels, female as well as male authors, classical literature as well as modern classics.
Of course these aren’t the only classics I’m hoping to read — Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will be a must this coming year, especially as I shall be reading the original text of this, published in 1818. And I hope to include some supernatural stuff around October and November, such as M R James’ Collected Short Stories and a selection of E Nesbit’s spooky tales, The Power of Darkness.
As today’s the day I’ll be looking out for the first spin, wondering What will it be?
Later that same day …
And it’s … No 4, Anne Brontë’s Agnes Grey! Yay!