The Classics Club Spin #8: My Spin List

The Classics Club is doing another Spin.  Even though I said I wouldn’t do any challenges this month, this will be my first Spin, and since I’ve got until Jan. 5th to complete one book, I decided to participate.  Part of the challenge is to choose five of my Classics Club books I’m hesitant to read, five I can’t wait to read, five I’m neutral about, and five free choice.  The problem with that is I didn’t put any books on my Classics Club list that I knew I wouldn’t want to read.  So, instead, I chose five books that I think are lengthy/dense and/or difficult for the modern reader.  Those are in bold.  The five I can’t wait to read are italicized, and the five neutral books are in regular text.  The five underlined books are my free choices.  I’ve either read them many years ago, started them but never finished, or I already own them and it’s a matter of convenience.

  1. Kafka, Franz: The Trial
  2. London, Jack: White Fang
  3. Melville, Herman: Moby Dick
  4. Bronte, Anne: Agnes Grey
  5. Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
  6. Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist
  7. Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter
  8. Hugo, Victor: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  9. Dumas, Alexandre: The Count of Monte Cristo
  10. Wells, H.G.: The Time Machine
  11. Carroll, Lewis: Alice in Wonderland
  12. Yeats, William Butler: Irish Faerie Tales
  13. Scott, Sir Walter: Ivanhoe
  14. Flaubert, Gustav: Madame Bovary
  15. Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita
  16. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden
  17. Proust, Marcel: Swann’s Way
  18. Cooper, James Fenimore: The Last of the Mohicans
  19. Gogol, Nikolay: Dead Souls
  20. Verne, Jules: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Once the Spin number is announced (Monday, Nov. 10th), I’ll post which book I’ll be reading.  Depending on which book it is, I might create a read-along for those of you who would like to read it too.

Are you in the Classics Club?  If so, are you participating in the Spin?

3 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin #8: My Spin List

  1. Good luck with your list.
    I’ve gone easy this spin & picked all my shortest books…esp since I’m still reading the chunkster I started this time last year with spin #4!!!

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