I’ve been wanting to do some sort of a classics challenge ever since I started writing this blog in May, but never quite got around to it. Then I saw this post and decided to participate.
The Classics Spin is an event hosted by The Classics Club and rules are pretty straightforward:
- Pick 20 books and assign them numbers from 1 to 20 (challenge yourself!)
- Do a blog post with this list by this coming Monday.
- Check back to The Classics Club on Monday to see which number was drawn.
- Read that book before January 5, 2015, even if it’s not something you’d ideally be reading during the holidays! :)
My list (in a totally random order):
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- East of Eden by John Steinback
- Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
- A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
- The Trial by Franz Kafka
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
- The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
- The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip
Right. 8 of these are women, which isn’t a terrible ratio, but I could have done better. But this is my first time participating so I just collected the first 20 that I found.
I’ll be back with the review sometime in the next two months, I guess! :) I really hope the chosen book won’t be too depressing. But a challenge without some effort is no challenge at all.
Edit: so the chosen number was 13 – I guess I’m reading The Handmaid’s Tale soon! :) Good thing about classics: even our libraries have copies!
Have you read any classics recently? Do you read them at all?
Which ones did you enjoy? I’d love some recommendations for my next list (and maybe a 2015 reading challenge)!