Update on Me and The Classics Club Spin #29

Medical problems have kept me out of the blogosphere. My trifecta of chronic problems reared their ugly heads in unison and I have been down for the count-the bones in my left foot are deteriorating and the pain is excruciating, my scoliosis is getting worse, and I am being treated for my 7th skin cancer. Concentrating on writing has been difficult, which is frustrating as I was on a blogging run before this all went down. Nothing is curable, but all are treatable. And this is the first basal cell carcinoma that I have not had to have surgery for as it was caught in the superficial stage, which is amazing as I have the scars to prove the other 6, but the treatment-a topical skin cancer protocol-keeps me out of the sun for 6 weeks. Yikes….

But what got me up and into my desk chair? The Classic Club Spin! I had many false starts in previous years only completing a few, but I completed the last one on time and I didn’t want to end the winning streak 🙂 So here goes, with my list.

In case anyone reading this doesn’t know what a Spin is or the Classics Club go here for more information. Basically, once you have your list of classics you choose 20 and number them in a list. The Spin gods will choose a number on March 20th and you will read the book that corresponds with that number and post a review by April 30th. Ooo, that’s very doable…and I’m talkin’ to you, Laurie.

I decided to put some of my chunksters on this list since we have a long time to read. My preferred choices are Little Dorrit, Vanity Fair or Madame Bovary. Good luck to everyone participating!

Willa Cather
1. My Antonia (1918)
2. Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)

Clarence Day
3. Life with Father (1935)

Charles Dickens
4. Bleak House (1852)
5. Little Dorrit (1857)


Fyodor Dostoevsky
6. The Brothers Karamazov (1880)

George Eliot
7. The Mill on the Floss (1860)

Gustave Flaubert
8. Madame Bovary (1856)

Elizabeth Gaskell
9. Mary Barton (1848)
10. North and South (1854)

Eleanor Gates
11. Poor Little Rich Girl (1912)

George Gissing
12. The Odd Women (1893) K

William Dean Howells
13. The Rise of Silas Lapham (1884)

George Meredith
14. The Egoist (1879)
15. Richard Feverel (1859)
16. Diana of the Crossways (1885)

L.M. Montgomery
17. Emily of New Moon (1923)

Edith Nesbit
18. The Railway Children (1906)

Sir Walter Scott
19. Ivanhoe (1819)

William Thackeray 
20. Vanity Fair (1847)