Classics Club Spin, #17

What’s the Classics Club? It’s an initiative for whoever wanted to participate, to pick a least of 50 or more classics to read in the span of five years. (A classic is difficult to define, thus, I keep it simple. I pick books that are 50 years or older, and that are acknowledged as classics, and personally, I also add to the list other lesser known classics of interest, -if just to a minority.)

The Classics Club Spin is when, to encourage your reading, they ask you to pick 20 books from your non read list, and list them by a certain date, (9th of March in this edition.) They’ll publish a number between 1 and 20, and they challenge you to try and read the book in your list that corresponds to that number by the end of April.

This is my list,

  1. Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, 1599
  2. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen, 1811
  3. Persuasion, Jane Austin, 1817

  4. El 19 de marzo y el 2 de mayo,  Galdós, 1873
  5. Fathers and Sons, Turgenev, 1862
  6. La muerte de Ivan Illich, Tolstoy, 1886
  7. Los Pazos de Ulloa, Emilia Pardo Bazán, 1886
  8. Hunger, Knut Hamsun 1890
  9. Narraciones, Anton Chejov, cc 1892,
  10. Rashomon and Other Stories, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, 1915
  11. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Wittgenstein,1921
  12. To the Lighthouse, Woolf, 1927
  13. Gaudy Night, Dorothy Sayers, 1935
  14. The Power and the Glory, Greene, 1940
  15. The End of the Affair, Graham Green, 1951
  16. The Baron in the Trees, Italo Calvino, 1957
  17. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 1962
  18. A Movable Feast, Ernest Heminway, 1964
  19. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard, 1966
  20. True Grit, Charles Portis, 1968

The Spin number was #3! PERSUASION! Yay. I’m going to love reading (or listening) to this Jane Austen title.


23 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin, #17

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  3. Persuasion is great. I’m planning a reread of that one, maybe next year. I got The King’s General, by Daphne du Maurier. No problem there, as I love her books, and they’re all not very long.

  4. That’s an interesting list. I enjoyed both of the Austen novels, especially Persuasion. I would be hoping for one of the Graham Greene books, though, as I’ve never read anything by him and would love to.

  5. Looks like fun, Silvia!
    If you get #20, maybe you could find the audio version read by Donna Tartt–I thought she did a fantastic job.

  6. I wouldn’t mind getting Calvino’s title, I love him too. I started The Baron but never finished it, so it will be neat to get it.

  7. That would be wonderful! We’d have to figure out the time difference, but since my evenings (five noisy boys asleep) are your morning/afternoons, I guess that will work.

  8. Neat!, thanks for obliging, show me the copy, I hope is gorgeous. I promise to read Villette. Then we may be able to chat about them. (I need to know if we can do a Skype in the summer, it would be fun.)

  9. If it’s not the one picked, I am still reading it. I read a lot of poetry, but I didn’t add any titles for some reason.

  10. I love how dramatic Bronte’s novels are, and I too prefer them over Austen. Yes, I’m currently rereading Villette. I’m not sure if that was clear, because in my update it looked as if I rated it, but that was from my previous read. Anyway, it’s a lovely novel, but very slow. I love the atmosphere of the book, and I’m right there in that small village in France when I read it.
    Thank you for the recommendation. I found a hardback copy, and bought it. Somehow, I knew it would be a book by Galdos. 😉 Can’t wait to read it.

  11. Seeing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, I realize that I tend to forget about plays with my list (and poetry). Maybe I should make a new category for those. Anyway, that is a fun one, enjoy it – or whatever you draw!

  12. Oh, (I’m going right now to your blog to see the challenge and recommend.)
    I saw you reading Villette. That’s too in my short term list. Yeap, at only 6 main books, I want to complete reading her works, (and maybe that minor one Lady Susan?) But the Bronte sisters have not escaped my field of interest. I still think that, while I value JA more and more each day, the stormy Brontes are close to my heart.

  13. Yikes! I have a busy reading months, but luckily it only has to be finish before the end of April. Great choices btw. I see you’re hooked on Austen now. I’ve been reading Bronte lately, and can’t get enough. Oh, and I still need a book recommendation from you, for the Modern Mrs Darcy Challenge, remember? Can’t wait to hear what you choose for me.

  14. I believe rereads count! (In my classics list I have rereads, not on the spin, but, hey, I could have added rereads if I wanted.) If you have some of my titles, it’ll be neat to assign same number… we may end up, as you say, reading the same one!

  15. Ok so I might just be a copycat and use some your books for my list to see if we end up reading the same one 🙂 ha! But not sure if rereads count?! Need to work on my list!

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