Following on from Friday’s post, tomorrow is the Classic Club Spin…my first chance to start making good on my plan to read more classic novels. To take part, you list 20 books from your full list and then on Monday they post a number between 1 and 20. You have to read that book by 6th October and (ideally, I guess) post a review.
After just picking 50 books, I was a bit hesitant about now cutting it down to 20 so I chose a bit of a haphazard approach and asked my daughter to keep giving me numbers until I had enough (not very scientific but it worked) and so, here it is, my spin list.
1. 1984 – George Orwell
2. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
3. Under Milk Wood – Dylan Thomas
4. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Path
5. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
6. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
7. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
8. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – John le Carre
9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
10. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne
11. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
12. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
13. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
14. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
15. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
16. Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
17. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Wolf
18. Carrie – Stephen King
19. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
20. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
I’ll let you know how I get on Monday by updating this post. There are a few I’m dreading but maybe it’s best to get it out of the way – what do you think, are there any I should be hoping I get, or don’t?
Update: the number was 17 so I get to read my first ever work by Virginia Wolf. Feeling pleased and relieved.