It’s easy. At your blog, by next Monday, Feb 18, list your choice of any twenty books you’ve left to read from your Classics Club list – in a separate post.
This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books in February and March. (Details follow.) So, 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, rereads, ancients — whatever you choose.)
Next Monday, 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 April 1. We’ll have a check in or something in April, to see who made it the whole way and finished the spin book.
I think that's a fun idea--I like games like this. So here is my list. Some of them are so long there's no way I could read them in just 8 weeks, so I don't know what I'll do in that case.
1-5 are books I've been putting off or that are kind of scary.
6-10 are books I really want to read! (Possibly scary also)
11-15 are books I don't actually even know anything about. Goodness knows what will happen.
16-20 are books picked completely at random, by random.org.
- James Fenimore Cooper, 1826, The Last of the Mohicans.
- Chaim Potok, 1967, The Chosen.
- Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species, (1859)
- E. M. Forster, A Passage to India.
- Murasaki Shikubu, Japan, ca. 990.The Tale of Genji.
- Solzhenitsyn, 1958, The First Circle.
- Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy.
- Nikolai Gogol, Russia, 1842. Dead Souls.
- C. J. L. Almqvist, The Queen's Diadem.
- George Eliot, 1860, The Mill on the Floss.
- “Our Town,” Thornton Wilder (1938).
- Junichio Tanizaki, Japan, 1943. The Makioka Sisters
- Kaestner, Three Men in the Snow
- Wole Soyinka, Ake: The Years of Childhood
- Mario Vargas Llosa, The Time of the Hero (or another work by Llosa).
- Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit.
- Ngugi wa Thiong'o, A Grain of Wheat.
- RK Narayan, India, 1935. The English Teacher.
- 'Picnic At Hanging Rock', by Joan Lindsay,
- William Faulkner, US, 1929. Light in August.