Thursday, August 15, 2013

Classics Club Spin #3!

Since I only recently took the plunge and made my Classics Club commitment, I haven't participated in a Classics Spin! I'm so excited to get in on the action. Below you'll find a list of 20 books from my Classics Club list, and they're categorized appropriately. On Monday, August 19th, the winning number will be chosen, and I'll read that classic in the remaining part of August or September.

Oldest/Dreading/Hesitant

  1. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  2. Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
  3. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  4. 1984 by George Orwell -- the winning SPIN number is 4! 
  5. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Can't Wait to Read
  1. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  2. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  4. Roast Beef, Medium by Edna Ferber
  5. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Neutral
  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  2. The Bell by Iris Murdoch
  3. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  5. Persuasion by Jane Austen
Free Choice (Mostly Short)
  1. The Plague by Albert Camus
  2. The Theban Plays by Sophocles (partial re-read)
  3. The Professor's House by Willa Cather (re-read)
  4. The Outsiders by SE Hinton
  5. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh


23 comments:

  1. Seeing Willa Cather on your list reminds me how much more Willa Cather I need in my life.

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    1. Right?? I adore Willa Cather. I find her writing so comforting and easy to sink into. I have O Pioneers! and My Antonia on my shelves and I'd ultimately like to re-read both.

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  2. Can I second the Willa Cather? I need to get on that. Glad to hear you've joined the CC and look forward to seeing what your spin book will be...

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    1. Absolutely! I just love her work, and I read The Professor's House in graduate school. I loved it then, and I've been itching to re-read for a while now.

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  3. AHHH The Theban Plays! I am very excited to see those on your list as they are by far my fave. Goodness, I love greek tragedy! Great list, I hope the spin is good to you :)

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    1. Yayyy! I've read two of the three already, but I could certainly finish these off and I could use a re-read. Love them!

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  4. The Awakening and Revolutionary Road are two from your list that I really liked. This is my first spin too. :)

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    1. Awesome! I started reading The Awakening a while ago but just wasn't in the mood at that point. Hoping for better luck this time if that's the spin's decision. :)

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  5. You're in for a treat if you draw Revolutionary Road! I got it in the last spin and loved it - amazing book.

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    1. It's one of those books I started and then put down and then never came back to. Ack! Definitely need to finish.

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  6. Well 1984 and The Awakening fantastic! no need to be hesitant about them.A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and The Picture of Dorian Gray are really good. The Plague and the Outsiders (Old school YA) are really good too. I've been dying to read Vile Bodies(which almost got chosen with my book club) and anything written by Iris Murdoch. I must check out anything by Yates, Cather, and Tan. Looks all good on the reading horizon for you. :D

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that you liked 1984! I've put it off so long now it's become intimidating. We are so on the same page. I think we share a brain. :)

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  7. Yay, you're doing the Classics Club Spin!
    1984 was my favourite book as a teenager, when I was just becoming interested in politics. If you get it, I hope it's not as intimidating as you think!

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  8. Bastard out of Carolina is a fantastic read! Hard but fantastic so don't dread it too much. :-) The Awakening, The Joy Luck Club, and The Outsiders are also great. I'm crossing my fingers for you! Now I'm off to make my own list.

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  9. Lots on there that appeal to me. 1984's on our spin list too. A re-read for me but I've have it at number 12!

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  10. I have to re-read 1984 some day; I'd nearly finished it before I had to move countries and it was a borrowed copy, so I never quite finished it (and it had just got really nail-bitingly good!).

    I loved One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, phenomenal book, much more depth than the movie gets at.

    I was really disappointed - and rather bored - by Ethan Frome, though perhaps because I'd heard such good things from people who loved it. Just didn't work for me. Slaughterhouse-Five I found annoying, though the war parts from the past were really interesting.

    Lots here I've never read! A few I have, unread. I like Persuasion, really have to -re-read that one too. Interesting that you'll pick one at random - I hope you get a delightful surprise from whatever you read, and end up loving it! (I love it when that happens!)

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  11. I am so tempted to join the classics club just to be able to join in the spin! but I should hurry if I want to I think, since it's monday already, right?

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  12. You have some great one's on your list. I love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!

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  13. Cranford & One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest I loved. Good luck with the spin!

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  14. I hope you get Wilde so I can read your review before I add it to another spin. It's my first spin too! :)

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  15. Love your list. I made mine all creepy.

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  16. I have been thinking about joining The Classics Club for a while. I've been waiting till I've at least got our other house on the market so I can take my time to read up on what's involved. I take it you need to come up with a list? Love your list. I've only read 5 of those and I loved them all.

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  17. Just realized 2 of the books I've read are on your Oldest/Dreading/Hesitant list: Slaughterhouse Five and 1984. I read both a very long time ago but I can still remember scenes from both. 1984 is really creepy.

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