I’m joining The Classics Club’s Classics Spin #5 on Monday. The Classics Club is for readers who pledge to read at least 50 classical works within five years and the idea behind the Spin is that you have to make a list of 20 unread books from your larger list and they will help you pick out your next book. Next Monday, they will randomly choose a number and participants have to read the book on their list that corresponds to that number. I’ve been too intimidated to make a 5-year reading plan (and of the classics, no less!) in part because I’m too scared to look that far ahead (five years from now I’ll be XX years old and my baby will be halfway through his freshman year in high school) but I’m working on it…Anyway, I hope I’m still allowed to participate because 20 is a comfortable number for me. Below is my list for Monday, which is made up of books from my shelves. (My goal this year is to whittle away at the books I already own.) I want to read some books slightly more than others and I’ve tried to be “strategic” about where I place them on this list, but it’s a bit like trying to guess what numbers will show up in the lottery, isn’t it?
1. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
2. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
3. Beloved by Toni Morrison
4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
5. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
6. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
7. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
8. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
9. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
10. Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
11. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
12. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
13. A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor
14. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
15. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
16. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
17. Stoner by John Williams
18. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
19. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
20. Howards End by E.M. Forster
I can’t wait to see what I’ll end up reading. I don’t know why I find it so much more fun to leave my fate in the hands of a website than to choose a book on my own.
I also think they only do the spin four times a year, so after I’m done with this one I’m going to give my 9-year-old the honor of picking out my next classic.
Are you participating in this or any other reading challenges? What’s on your classics to-read list?