Twenty of my Unread Classics
The Classics Club Spin #8 for November sounds like a bit of fun as well as a challenge, so I decided to have a go. The idea is to take twenty books from my Classics reading list and classify them in groups of five according to the four different criteria: hesitant to read; eager to reader; neutral anticipation; free choice according to author, genre etc preference
Here goes! My twenty books are these –
Hesitating to Read
1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: This is a very long book and I know it’ll take me a while to get through it.
2. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy: Although I have never read this book, I know how it ends and that’s something of a deterrant. However, I am determined!
3. The Republic by Plato: It’s a very “serious” work and I’m going top need lots of free time and no distractions.
4. Hotel Savoy by Joseph Roth: I bought this book on recommendation in Vienna and want to read it in the original language, so ditto …
5. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens: This novel was unfinished. I’m not superstitious really but wonder maybe if that’s an omen.
Eager to Read
6. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck: I don’t read enough American fiction and really should read more!
7. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton: Ditto
8. The Castle of Udolfo by Ann Radcliffe: I have been studying the early English novelists and this is a classic example of the gothic.
9. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain: I ought to have read this decades ago – probably just want to recapture some of my youth.
10. I Robot by Isaac Asimov; These are short stories so I can stop and start. I know I have read some of them before but would like to read them all.
I’m neutral, so I don’t have to give any explanation – Right?
11. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
12. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
13. The Invisible Man by HG Wells
14. The Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells
15. Emile by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Favourite Authors, Genres, Re-reads etc
16. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: a favourite author and haven’t read
17. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott: a favourite author, genre and re-read after many years
18. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas: a favourite genre and haven’t read
19. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas: a favourite genre and re-read after many years
20. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann: liked the film and the Mozart background music – always fancied reading it
I wonder where the spinning wheel will stop!