This is rather like Russian roulette with none of the blood and guts. While for some all this avid list-compiling would no doubt be like having teeth pulled, it is of course totally up my persnickety compulsive alley.
Having embarked upon the marvellous “Classic Club Challenge” earlier in the year in the hopes of finally reading more of those timeless works that have oft heard of and even know the plot of but shamefully have never opened, am now on tenterhooks to see which tome am going to be diving into next.
Early this week the Classics Club Spin masterminds are going to throw a number at us between 1 and 20, and that will be the masterpiece we collectively pledge to read by February of next year.
Feels like Christmas has come early, sigh.
Post Script : Ooh, just in the nick of time, crack went the pistol… and the wheel span to N° 19. John Steinbeck and Henry Fonda, here we come…
Update 8th March – having failed miserably to read “The Grapes of Wrath” in time, the next challenge has already come around and this morning the die landed on N° 8 so am adding “A Prayer for Owen Meany” to the mix. Hoping to do better this time around.
Simply can’t wait to read:
- Austen, Jane: Persuasion (#7)
- Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White (#3)
- Eliot, George: The Mill on the Floss (#16)
- Hardy, Thomas : Tess of the D’Urbervilles (#13) –sneaky re-read I
- Lawrence, D.H.: The Rainbow (#20)
Somewhat in trepidation:
- Dickens, Charles: Hard Times (#11)
- Galsworthy, John: The Forsyte Saga (#4)
- Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters (#18)
- Proust, Marcel: À la Recherche du Temps Perdu, Du Côté de chez Swann (#9) – sneaky re-read II
- Thackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity Fair (#15)
‘Thoroughly modern Millies’, time-wise :
- Gibbons, Stella: Cold Comfort Farm (#17)
- Greene, Graham: Brighton Rock (#6)
- Proulx, Annie: The Shipping News (#10)
- Rushdie, Salman: Midnight’s Children (#1)
- Waugh, Evelyn: Brideshead Revisited (#5)
And bringing up the rear, as it were :
- Dickens, Charles: Tale of Two Cities (#14)
- Eco, Umberto: The Name of the Rose (#2)
- Eliot, George: Silas Marner (#12)
- Irving, John: A Prayer for Owen Meany (#8) – second on the Spin List
- Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath (#19) – was last on the list but is clearly now first…