Friday, August 21, 2015

Classic Spin #10 (What??)

I just realized that it's been weeks since I posted anything.  What?! Life has just been busy, I guess.  I mentioned on my other blog, which I also have been posting to infrequently, that you think you're going to have all this free time in summer, but nope.  The kids are home, but they need occupation. We have swimming and gymnastics and playdates. Everyone is having a barbecue.  Everyone wants to enjoy the hot weather (except me).  My work life has been pretty busy to, so not a lot of sneaking away to post on the blog.  That's one of the reasons I love the Classics Club Spin, it's inspiring me to carve out a few minutes and post my list.  I'm so excited to find out what I'll be reading.  For the last few spins, I've been using because I enjoy the randomness of it... and there's a lot less thought.  The list is:

1. Sherlock Holmes #1: A Study In Scarlett, by Arthur Conan Doyle
2. Under The Knife, by H.G. Wells
3. Middlemarch, by George Eliot
4. From the Earth to the Moon, by Jules Verne
5. Macbeth, by William Shakespeare
6. The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe
7. Tales of Angria, by Charlotte Brontë
8. Three Series, Complete, by Emily Dickinson
9. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
10. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
11. The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
12. The Weapons Shop, by A.E. van Vogt
13. The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
14. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
15. Queen Mab/The Daemon of the World, by Percy Bysshe Shelley
16. The Big and The Little, by Isaac Asimov
17. The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
18. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
19. Medea, by Euripides
20. Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery

(Please don't be 10)

I'm really hoping for 14.  One of the poetry or genre classics would be fun too.  Also 20, it's been decades since I read it.  Maybe it was 7th or 8th grade... maybe earlier.  I should check the publication year on the edition I have.  

Also, I can't believe this is the 10th Classics Club Spin!  I haven't participated in all, but I have in most.  I love the Spin, more than anything else, it really motivates me to keep plugging away at my list.  Thanks, Classics Club!


  1. If it is number 10, then you have plenty of time - 2 months - to read it.
    I reviewed A Study in Scarlet as one of my early classic reads.
    I read all the Anne of Green gables books back around 2008-2009 for a Canadian challenge I was doing back then.
    I also enjoyed A Handmaids Tale.
    Macbeth unfortunately is not one of my favourites.

    1. I read the first three Anne books when I was younger, but I don't remember reading past that. I'm looking forward to a re-read of the first and finally finishing the series.

      A Handmaid's Tale is one of my favourite books and I've been wanting to re-read that.

      I've heard MacBeth is tough. I've read a lot of Shakespeare, but never got around to that one. I figure that it's about time.

    2. I read all the Anne books several times as a teen, and there are good things to be said about all of them. Rilla of Ingleside, however, is IMO the best one, and heartbreaking too.

    3. I'll definitely get to Rilla of Ingleside eventually. I think I have a copy somewhere.

  2. I'll agree that #10 is scary, but oh my goodness it's a lovely novel. Fear not!

    1. Thanks! I know the basic story and I WANT to read it, but I keep hearing how difficult Russian lit is, so I keep putting it off.

  3. You know, you just jinxed yourself. It will be #10 now. (I'd better go look at my list to see what book I know I will be reading now.)

  4. Oh! I hope you get #17. :)

    1. I'm a little nervous about 17, actually, though not as much as 10. I tried to read it a year ago, only read the first couple pages, then found myself moving on to something else. I know I didn't give it a fair try. I probably just wasn't in the mood and I've heard such good things about it, that I keep putting it on my list to try again.

    2. It's the ending. I was skeptical, but the ending is the thing.

    3. I'll keep that in mind. The end can certainly make or break a story. Thanks!

  5. It seems like everyone has Middlemarch on their spin list! I've read it but I'd love to read it again -- maybe we should schedule a read-along! I also love House of Mirth. And Anne of Green Gables! I still haven't read any of the sequels.

    1. I read Middlemarch in University and have been wanting to read it again. I don't really remember a lot about it (I was an English major and read a lot of books), but I remember liking it and I get a good feeling whenever I think of it. That's good enough for me.

      I've read 2 Anne sequels. After re-reading, I'd like to eventually finish the series.

  6. Isn't it wonderful to have another spin to reinvigorating not only our classics reading, but to motivate us to go around and visit everyone else joining in :-)

    I have the same problem in our summer holidays. I find it much easier to curl up and read in the cooler months.

    1. I agree. I've always enjoyed the Spin as a way to pick my next classic and visit more blogs, something I haven't not had enough time to do lately.

      I'm looking forward to the cooler months when I sit quietly with a book and a blanket.

  7. You have a fabulous list! I don't think I could pick just one but, if I had to, probably The House of Mirth, although I love the Greeks so Euripides would be up there.

    Have a great spin!

    1. I've read a few Greek plays before and I'd love to read Medea now. I'm hesitant about whether I'll like the House of Mirth. I've heard such wonderful things about it, but it doesn't grab me the way other books do.

      Good luck with your spin too!