Classics Spin #5 – I’m In!

Posted 8 February, 2014 by Trish in Reading Nook / 16 Comments


Ok! I’ll play! No reason not to. In short, The Classics Club is hosting a Classics Spin where you post a list of 20 books, they pick a number, and you read that book. It’s been an embarrassing long time since I read a classic (surely it wasn’t Bleak House which I finished a year ago?!), so here we go! The categories below are ones sort of suggested by the club and my choices for each category are rather arbitrary.

Five Books I’m Dying to Read (ha!)
1. A Light in August
2. East of Eden
3. Wide Sargasso Sea
4. Slaughterhouse Five
5. Phantom of the Opera

Five Books I’m Neutral About
6. A Room of One’s Own
7. The Bell Jar
8. The Monk
9. White Fang
10. Oliver Twist

Five Books I’m Dreading (or something)
11. Madame Bovary
12. A Man for All Seasons
13. Metamorphosis
14. Nineteen Eighty Four
15. The Romance of the Forest

Five Short Cheater Books
16. Around the World in 80 Days
17. Old Man and the Sea
18. Of Mice and Men
19. Heart of Darkness
20. The Tempest

Here’s a full list of my Classics Club picks–as you can see I’m a bit behind!

Have you read any on the list? Anything I should move to the top?

16 Responses to “Classics Spin #5 – I’m In!”

  1. I really enjoyed Nineteen Eighty Four! I hope you like it. :) The Old Man and the Sea was so long for me — even though it’s a short book. Oh, and I remember really liking The Bell Jar, though it’s been years since I’ve read it.

  2. I like your list! East of Eden and Of Mice and Men are two really good reads. I hope you end up with a book you enjoy!

  3. I really like your choices! Nineteen Eighty Four should be moved right out of your ‘dreading’ list and up to the top – it’s truly brilliant. Slaughterhouse Five is another favourite of mine so I hope you enjoy that when you get around to it. Two that I really didn’t enjoy are Metamorphosis and Heart Of Darkness. I will be interested to see what you end up with when the numbers are drawn! Good luck!

  4. I’ve got several of those on my Classics list, too. You’ve got a couple I’ll read with you if you spin them; that will be my push to get to them!

  5. Les

    I’ve been meaning to read East of Eden for ages!! I think it was on my schedule for last summer. Of Mice and Men is worth a read and very quick. I gave up on Madame Bovary. Just couldn’t get interested. I believe I read The Bell Jar but it must not have left a lasting impression. Good luck!

  6. Yikes, your cheater books sound like depth offsets their length. I would maybe read Of Mice and Men from that list. I’ve dragged myself through Old Man and the Sea twice and I would swear it is a long long book.
    I’m reading Slaughterhouse Five RIGHT NOW!!!

  7. Ti

    East of Eden is fabulous as is 1984 and Madame Bovary. In fact, I think you will get a hoot out of Bovary.

  8. Just finished East of Eden, it was ok. Madame Bovary eons ago and enjoyed it. Slaughter House 5 -hated it! Didn’t get it at all!
    The Monk – started it but couldn’t get into it
    1984 – meh. creepy but didn’t finish it. freaks me out when I think about what goes on today. NSA in the house. Also group think and opinions are very concerning

    We have always had such similar tastes Trish. Heart of Darkness is also in my pile. Almost picked itup yesterday.