Monday, August 24, 2015

Classics Club Spin #10

Once again, I am dealing with a Classics Club spin by making 
my own rules! :)        

        As you can see, I am woefully behind in my Gone With the Wind Read-Along, so that will automatically be my Classics Club Spin #10 selection--regardless of the fact 
it is not even included on the listing below! 

After GWTW, I'll read Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans for Spin #9Trust me, lesson learned...I now at least research the length of a selection before placing it on this listing! 

The spin number generated was #5. That means I will be reading Man's Search for Meaning and I cannot wait! That may provide additional motivation to get through the other two books so I can read this one! 

Spin #10 review to be posted by October 23, 2015! (Fingers crossed...) 

Free Choice:
 1.  A Separate Peace by John Knowles
      Read this at age 15, loved it, and am anxious to see how I feel about it now, some 
      44 years later! :)
 2.  The Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter 
       First read when I was 13. I loved it then and am anxious to see how it resonates 
       for me now.
 3.  Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
       I loved Go Tell It on the Mountain and want to read this one! I own it, too! :)
 4.  The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study by W.E.B. Du Bois
      Have always said I wanted to read something he'd written. I admire his 
      accomplishments with regard to the NAACP, etc.
 5.  Man's Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl
      So many have mentioned that this is a "must-read" book and there are so many    
      references to it.

Books I rather dread, but for whatever reason wish to read:
 6. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
      I feel as if I really should read this if I haven't yet...
 7. The Hours by Micheal Cunningham
      I truly know nothing about this one, but so many have recommended it and I have read 
      several references to it lately. Added bonus: picked up a copy in the Half Price Books 
      clearance section for $2!
 8. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
      I'm sure this is going to gross me out, but I think we all need to read it...
 9.  Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
      So many references that I feel I need to have at least read it.
10. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
      Loved The Grapes of Wrath, but have never been attracted to this one, though I feel I 
      should read it. It is referred to so often and by so many!! And is loved by many readers 
      whose opinion I value! 

Those books about which I am relatively neutral:
11. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
      Really feel the need to read one of her books!
12. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
      Have yet to read one of his novels.
13. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
      Just keep seeing references to this one all over the place and am definitely curious! 
      And I own a copy now!
14. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
       Loved An American Tragedy when I read it at the age of 15. 
15. The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
       Fascinated by the concept.

Those I cannot wait to read:
16. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
     Feel I should read it so I can understand the references made to it.
17. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
     Loved the movie and would like to read the book, which is virtually always better, 
     in my opinion!
18. The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes
     Love Hughes, and want to read what he had to say...
19. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
     Love his short stories and this will be the first full-length novel of his for me to have 
     read. (The Last Tycoon doesn't count, since it was unfinished.)
20. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
     Yeah, I know. Unbelievable that some English/literature teacher in my past never 
     got to this one, but I am very curious.


  1. Glad you joining in the spin too. How far through GWTW are you?

    I have the same problem as you with new releases. As a bookseller we're obliged to read the contemporary stuff so we can engage with our customers!
    But I LOVE reading the classics too *sigh *first world problem *sigh

    Happy Spinning!

    1. I've read the first 20 chapters and posted the first two blog posts (10 chapters each). I thought I would hate reading this in chunks, but since I've read it so many times before and know it so well, I am really enjoying reviewing each 10-chapter section and will complete that as planned...just way later than scheduled! :) You are correct--first world problem. :) We are fortunate.