Classics Club Spin #8

Classics Club Spin #8

The Classics clubI skipped the previous Classics Club Spin (I just completely missed it), but decided to participate again this time.

I also decided to give this spin’s list a twist. I realised my previous CC Spin list consisted of just 6 women versus 14 men, and my full Classics Club list was also mostly made up of men. You may remember I wrote about wanting to read more women earlier this year. That’s why I decided to dedicate this spin to female authors. It was surprisingly difficult to find (popular) classics written by women, which just made me more motivated to go through with this. I am disappointed I wasn’t able to find much (translated) classic literature by Japanese women, especially… Alas. But I am very happy with my spin list!

If you have any other suggestions for classics, let me know 🙂 I don’t mind changing around my list (before Monday, of course)

The rules:

  1. Go to your blog
  2. Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club list
  3. Post that list, numbered 1 – 20, on your blog by next Monday
  4. Monday morning, we’ll announce a number from 1 – 20. Go to the list of twenty books you posted and select the book that corresponds to the number we announce
  5. The challenge is to read that book by January 5th

My list:

  1. Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women
  2. Austen, Jane – Sense and Sensibility
  3. Bronte, Anne – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  4. Bronte, Charlotte – Jane Eyre
  5. Bronte, Emily – Wuthering Heights
  6. Enchi, Fumiko – Masks
  7. Eliot, George – Middlemarch
  8. Frank, Anne – Het Dagboek van Anne Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank)
  9. Gaskell, Elizabeth – North and South
  10. Haasse, Hella S. – De Heren van de Thee (The Tea Lords)
  11. Hall, Radclyffe – The Well of Loneliness
  12. Jackson, Shirley – The Haunting of Hill House
  13. Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mockingbird
  14. Le Guin, Ursula K. – The Left Hand of Darkness
  15. Maurier, Daphne du – The Birds
  16. Mitchell, Margaret – Gone with the Wind
  17. Path, Sylvia – The Bell Jar
  18. Potter, Beatrix – The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  19. Shōnagon, Sei – The Pillow Book
  20. Wharton, Edith – The House of Mirth

14 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #8

  1. Hi Carola! It’s nice to see that you’re participating in another spin! As for women writers, have you checked out Persephone Books? I believe they publish classics by lesser-known women writers. I loved The House of Mirth, so I hope you get that one. Wharton’s characterization of Lily was brilliant. In any case, I hope you have a wonderful spin!

    ~ Cleo ~
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    1. I’m pretty excited about this spin! I really enjoyed the previous one I participated in, but somehow I completely missed spin #7?? Anyway, I can’t wait to start reading 🙂 Edith Wharton was one of the authors who I found through research specifically for this list, and this book sounds so good! But who knows what we’ll end up reading 😉

    1. Yes 🙁 And if you search, you invariably end up with Murasaki Shikibu and Sei Shonagon. So now Enchi and Shonagon are the only ones left on my list…

  2. I loved Jane Eyre and The Pillow Book is pretty alright for a Japanese classic, lol. And if you haven’t read it yet I’m recommending I Capture the Castle.

  3. Hallo, Hallo! 🙂

    I’m happily joining my first tCC SPIN! 🙂 Such joy visiting all the lovely new book bloggers I’m finding whilst I make my way through the participant list! 🙂

    Off your own list, these are the titles which inspired me:

    Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women (ooh yes!)
    Austen, Jane – Sense and Sensibility (meant to read the original ended up reading the after canon this Austen in August!)
    Bronte, Anne – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
    Bronte, Charlotte – Jane Eyre (in progress!)
    Bronte, Emily – Wuthering Heights (dearly want to read!)
    Eliot, George – Middlemarch
    Gaskell, Elizabeth – North and South
    Jackson, Shirley – The Haunting of Hill House
    Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mockingbird
    Le Guin, Ursula K. – The Left Hand of Darkness
    Mitchell, Margaret – Gone with the Wind (I start, I stop, I put off)
    Potter, Beatrix – The Tale of Peter Rabbit (love, love Potter!)
    Wharton, Edith – The House of Mirth

    I am putting together a RAL for Jane Austen & Edith Wharton between December & January (Austen in December | Wharton in January) in case you are interested!? I’m posting about it this weekend! 🙂 It all started to take shape because I missed my chance to participate in Austen in August as much as I had a remarkable convo on Twitter about Edith Wharton after I posted about reviewing her collection of Ghost Stories! I was meant to read The Haunting of Hill House for #OTBHorrorOctober as well! I *love!* the classic film from 1963 and of course, that made me deeply curious about reading the book! It was through my pursuit of “Cosy Horror” that I unearthed a LOT of books I still ache to read — therefore I’ll be better prepared next Horror October in 2015! Ha!

    You pick authors whom I fancy myself to read which is quite remarkable because a few other clubbers are picking some of the same novels I did! There are at least three if not four of us who choose to put The Tenant of Wildfell Hall on SPIN #8! I find those coincidences in life most fascinating, don’t you!? I found it interesting how you read more men than women; I used to be the same but now I’ve reversed myself a bit in that regard! lol I also never knew how much historical fiction I consume per year until I started to blog about books! Cheers!
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    1. Hi! 😀 Thanks for your comment!

      I’ll be looking out for your RALs 🙂 I’m not sure if I can participate (I have a pretty big TBR for the rest of this year, and in January I always participate in a Japanese literature event), but I’ll see what I can squeeze in 🙂

      Sadly the spin didn’t end up on #8 this month, because that would’ve been really funny XD

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