Why do I do it? Set myself another challenge, that is? When I’d decided I would have a break from it all? Clearly this is one of life’s mysteries.
It’s time for the Classics Club‘s 21st ‘spin’. The last one I opted to do was before last Christmas and my pick was Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley. Guess what? It took me till a month ago to finish it. Fingers crossed the next one will be more successful.
- List any twenty books left to read from the Classics Club list.
- Number them from 1 to 20.
- On Monday 23rd September the Classics Club will announce a number.
- This is the book that needs to read by 31st October.
Here’s my list:
- Apollonius: Jason and the Golden Fleece
- Petronius Arbiter: The Satyricon
- J M Barrie: Peter Pan
- William Beckford: Vathek
- Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre
- Frances Hodgson Burnett: A Little Princess
- Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Return of Tarzan
- Thomas Carlyle: Sartor Resartus
- Edmund Crispin: The Case of the Gilded Fly
- Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist
- Hermann Hesse: The Glass Bead Game
- M R James: Collected Short Stories
- Rudyard Kipling: Kim
- D H Lawrence: The Princess and other stories
- Niccolò Machiavelli: The Prince
- John Milton: Comus
- E Nesbit: The Power of Darkness
- Mervyn Peake: Gormenghast
- Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- Horace Walpole: The Castle of Otranto
Now, you’ll have realised we’re into meteorological autumn in the northern hemisphere — and 23rd September will be the autumn equinox — and therefore just the season for spooky tales. I’ve opted then to keep in tales of mystery and the supernatural, titles like Vathek, Jane Eyre, The Case of the Gilded Fly, M R James’ Collected Short Stories, E Nesbit’s The Power of Darkness, Gormenghast and The Castle of Otranto.
Quite a few of these also fit into the Readers Imbibing Peril challenge (which, you remember, I am not doing) which has as its categories Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, and Supernatural. I’ll leave you to suss out which one goes where.
Most of the titles are relatively (and mercifully) short — so much else to read — but I have retained a few chunkier works on the list, such as the Apollonius, the aforementioned Gormenghast and The Glass Bead Game.
Are there any on my list that catches your eye for any reason?
Here’s a gratuitous photo of secondhand books in an Oxfam bookshop taken on a recent visit to Bristol. Unusually, I didn’t actually purchase anything here.
Update: the spin number is 5, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.