I think this has come at a good time. My energy is flagging a bit and I feel the pressure of unfinished challenges before the year ends. Yes, this is self-inflicted pressure, but I sign up for these specific challenges because I LIKE them and the books they involve.
These Spins always bump up my enthusiasm and even though I don’t always finish on time, I usually do finish at some point. (Case in point: the last Spin, #15, was to be posted on May 1st. The Spin Goddess chose #12 which was Dracula. That post went up October 10th)!
If you are a Classics Clubber and have never done this I encourage you to try. It’s fun and you feel like part of the community.
It’s easy and simple to participate. From the website:
What is the spin?
It’s easy. At your blog, before next Friday, November 17th, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.
This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the year (details to follow). Try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, re-reads, ancients — whatever you choose.)
On Friday, November 17th, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by December 31, 2017. We’ll check in here in January to see who made it the whole way and finished their spin book!
Here is my list of 20 beginning from the top of my list of books I already have on my shelves. All the classics here would be first reads. I know, I know Pride and Prejudice, Rebecca, Wuthering Heights…where have I been?!!
1.Pride and Prejudice (1813)
Richard Doddridge Blackmore
3.Lorna Doone (1869)
4.Agnes Grey (1847)
5.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)
6.Wuthering Heights (1847)
7.O Pioneers! (1913)
8.Robinson Crusoe (1719)
9.Sister Carrie (1900)
Daphne Du Maurier
11.Silas Marner (1861)
12.Daniel Deronda (1876)
13.Mary Barton (1848)
15.North and South (1854)
16.Wives and Daughters (1864)
17.The Odd Women (1893)
18.The Well of Loneliness (1928)
19.Portrait of a Lady (1881)
20.The Bostonians (1886)