Monday, May 12, 2014

Classics Spin VI

It's time for another Classics Spin.  I know I've been away from blogging lately, but this challenge always inspires me to read one of the many classics on my Classics Club list.  Tomorrow morning, the Classics Club blog will choose a number randomly selected from 1 to 20.  That number will determine my next read.  Here is my list:

Five books I keep putting off:

1.  The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
2.  Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
3.  The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
4.  Sylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
5.  Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson

Five I really want to read:

6.  Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
7.  The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West
8.  Nana by Emile Zola
9.  Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton
10.  Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Five I'm neutral about:

11. Liza of Lambeth by W. Somerset Maugham
12. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
13. Bel-Ami  by Guy de Maupassant
14. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
15. I, Claudius by Robert Graves

Free choice -  five books I'd have to get from the library:

16.  Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
17.  One of Ours by Willa Cather
18.  The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
19.  The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
20.  The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Which ones should I be hoping for? Or dreading?  And what's on your Classics Spin list?

Updated:  the Classics Spin number selected was . . . . 1!!!  So, it's time for me to read The Hunchback of Notre Dame!  I'm a little scared, but I'll give it a shot.  So far I've really enjoyed all the Classics Spin picks.  


  1. I wasn't excited about starting Drood either, mostly because it was unfinished, but I really ended up enjoying the part I read. I did end up frustrated for a few weeks later though because I wanted to know what would have happened. It left me in a bad mood!

  2. I've definitely enjoyed "The hunchback of Notre-Dame" - its central part is a little bit hefty, but the description of medieval Paris are so beautiful I didn't mind. Victor Hugo is one of my favourite writers :)
    I've read "Bel-Ami", too: it's beautifully written, but I can't say it's enjoyable, because I despised the main protagonist with all my soul. Anyway, I still hope you will read it, because De Maupassant, as I said, had a great writing style and knew how to portrait the society he lived in.

  3. Lark Rise to Candleford is wonderful - I'm surprised to see it on your off-putting list. I think you'd really enjoy it. Good luck with the spin. I'll be checking back to see what comes up.

  4. Main Street, as I recall is really great. And as I have written here before, I, Claudius is really fantastic...very soapy (in a good way). I think you would enjoy it.

  5. Lark Rise to Candleford is a book? I didn't know that. :)