The Classics Club is holding the second round of The Classics Spin, and I’m going to play along. This will be my first time getting involved, and I definitely need the nudge to help me move forward with my classics list.
The rules of the game are as follows:
- Pick twenty unread books from your Classics Club List.
- Challenge yourself by including 5 books you are dreading/hesitant to read. The rest of the books are up to the participant to decide how to choose.
- Post that list, numbered 1-20 and in whatever order you like, on your blog by Monday, May 20.
- Monday morning, the club mods will announce a number from 1-20. Go to your list of twenty books and select the book that corresponds to the number we announce.
- Read that book by July 1.
I’m a bit of a a control freak, in my reading as in most other things, and I’m hoping this small bit of randomness will help me jump back into heavier reading. It’s been a rough couple of months, and I am having a lot of trouble getting inspired to read anything substantial or to write much of anything at all.* I’m hoping for serendipity to connect me with my next favorite read!
So here is my list of 20 books. I’ve followed the suggestion of including 5 books I am dreading a bit. The rest of my list is comprised of books I’m very excited to read ASAP, Japanese classics and classic works by 20th-century female authors. I have randomized the order of my list with the list randomization tool at Random.org to further mix things up.
- Collins, Wilkie – The Woman in White (1859)
- Lem, Stanislaw – Solaris (1961)
- Zweig, Stefan – Chess Story/The Royal Game (1941)
- Murdoch, Iris – The Bell (1958)
- Sōseki, Natsumi – Kokoro (1914)
- Gracq, Julien – The Opposing Shore (1951)
- Dickens, Charles – A Tale of Two Cities (1854)
- Maurier, Daphne du – Rebecca (1938)
- Fowles, John – The Magus (1965)
- Christie, Agatha – And Then There Were None (1939)
- Mishima, Yukio – The Sound of Waves (1955)
- Tanizaki, Jun’ichirō – Seven Japanese Tales (collection, 1933, reread)
- Comyns, Barbara – Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead (1954)
- Márquez, Gabriel García – One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
- Abe, Kōbō – The Woman in the Dunes (1962)
- Jackson, Shirley – We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962)
- Hesse, Herman – Steppenwolf (1927)
- Nabokov, Vladimir – Lolita (1955)
- Hurston, Zora Neale – Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
- London, Jack – The Iron Heel (1907)
*Long story short: Multiple rounds of illness have flattened my reading over the past 6 weeks, and although I have finished three books during that time, I haven’t written anything about any of them. I’d like to at least post a round-up of mini reviews for them in the next couple of days and then move forward from there.