Classics Club challenge: Book spin No.6

Posted On 11 May 2014

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Okay, it’s time for another book spin over at the Classics Club  (details here) – so far, I’ve done infamously with these only completing one!  Time to buck up!!  I’ve chosen 20 from my list and they’re all fairly easy or ones that I really want to read – I realise that’s semi-cheating but I’m determined to do this thing!!!!!

So, to my twenty:

  1. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
  2. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  3. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  4. White Fang by Jack London
  5. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott
  6. The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
  7. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  8. Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson
  9. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. Whiskey Galore by Compton MacKenzie
  11. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  12. Legend by David Gemmell
  13. Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
  14. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  15. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  16. Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos
  17. Perfume by Patrick Suskindn
  18. Let the Right one in by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  19. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  20. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Results on Monday!  Rather hoping to get Twelfth Night so fingers crossed!

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A gentle nudge is what I chiefly need…

Posted On 14 August 2013

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So, I’ve been a total slacker with my Classics Club 50 list recently.  In fact I’ve only read two so far.  I’m not worried though – I know I can pull this off.  I’m definitely one of those people who enjoys the pressure of a looming deadline.  Anyway, the Classics Club have come up with another classic spin for August.  In order to take part you need to choose 20 books from your list.  The details are all here.  The Classics Club will then reveal the lucky number and whatsoever that number happens to be is your next book of choice.  Without further ado these are my 20:

  1. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
  2. White Fang by Jack London
  3. War of the Worlds by H G Wells
  4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  5. Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  6. Whiskey Galore by Compton MacKenzie
  7. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  8. Legend by David Gemmell
  9. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  10. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  11. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  12. Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  13. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott
  14. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  15. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  16. A Room with a View by E M Forster
  17. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  18. Let the Right one in by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  19. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  20. Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson

I chose 10 numbers at random and asked my other half to choose 10.  The above are the results.  I would really love to read 5/17 or 20.  Lets see what comes up!

For those of you who aren’t taking part in the Classics Club but have an extremely daunting pile of TBR books (and you know who you are) – why not choose twenty, list them and then when the number comes up that’s your next choice.  See, always coming up with good ideas, that’s me!  This way you help your TBR topple campaign.  Your book is chosen and your deadline is set!  Bingo….

 

The Classics Spin – final book choice

Okay, so yesterday I posted about a challenge being hosted by the Classics Club which I thought was a good idea to get me to read at least one of my long neglected books.  Anyway, I selected my 20 and posted them yesterday.  The winning number is 14 – so: The Ghosts of Sleath by James Herbert it is.

I must confess.  My biggest fear was : Les Miserables – don’t ask me why because I think it’s a great story – it’s just so mammoth!  My secret hope  was No.20 – Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.

Hope everybody got something they’ll love.

 

The Classics Spin

I’ve just signed up to take part in an event called the Classics Spin, details here and being hosted by the Classics Club.  Fortunately this isn’t really reading intensive but I think it’s a really great idea (picked up courtesy of a lovely blogger who you can find here should you wish to take a look).

Obviously it involves reading (dur) but it’s hopefully not too intensive (although I suppose that depends on which book is randomly selected! How many pages in Les Miserables?)   By Monday 18th you need to list a choice of twenty books – if you check out the blog it does say from your Classics Club list – which I don’t have!!  Hopefully nobody will mind if I take part.  I’ll just tiptoe in and post my list and wait to see what number pops up.  Then the challenge is to read whatever book is listed against this number in February and March.  Now, the idea is not to just pick 20 books that you would love – have a look at the books you’ve had sat waiting on your shelves, the ones you’ve been putting off reading – and put some of these on the list (and don’t be pretending you don’t have any because you know you do!  Those books have shown enough patience already and it’s there time to have a chance).  This could give you the impetus to pick them up and might also help you to stay on track with a New Year’s resolution?   So, without further ado my list is as follows: (and believe me, I’ve chosen books that I’ve had on my shelves for a long time and I would sooner read some of these than others – but I’m not giving any clues aways about which ones I’m dreading!) (apart from the last four I own all these books):

  1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  2. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  3. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  4. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  5. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  6. The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch
  7. Three Men in a Boat
  8. The Birds by Daphne du Maurier
  9. A Passage to India by E M Forster
  10. Legend by David Gemmell
  11. Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
  12. The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry
  13. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson
  14. The Ghost of Sleath by James Herbert
  15. Twelfth Night by Shakespeare
  16. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  17. The Once and Future King by T H White
  18. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  19. The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
  20. Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury