Squeezing in just under the wire...
It's time for another Classics Club spin. I was off-grid for a few days there, and now I need to hurry up and figure out some spin possibilities. It's also a relatively quick turn-around spin, so I'm concentrating on short to medium-length books.
From my original Classics Club list:
I'm nearing the end of my first list and I won't pick the super long ones, but here are a few from my first Classics Club list:
1.) Willa Cather/The Lost Lady
2.) Willa Cather/One of Ours
3.) W. Somerset Maugham/The Razor's Edge
4.) Sir Walter Scott/Count Robert of Paris
5.) Honoré de Balzac/Cousin Bette
6.) Henryk Sienkewicz/Quo Vadis
7.) George Bernard Shaw/Major Barbara
Numbers 5, 6, 7 are already on my twenty books of summer list, so I'm expecting to read them soon anyway.
From a potential new Classics Club list:
I haven't made up a new list yet in earnest, but I've been thinking about things I might put on it. And anyway I'm tired of putting the same books THAT NEVER GET PICKED on spin lists. (I'm looking at you, Willa Cather.) So here are some new choices I've been considering. Some of these come from the list that Deb assembled after a discussion of classic non-fiction at the home blog a few months ago.
8.) John Ruskin/Unto This Last
9.) Thomas de Quincey/Recollections of the Lake Poets
10.) Dee Brown/Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
11.) Robert Pirsig/Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
12.) Konstantin Stanislavsky/My Life in Art
13.) Barbara Tuchman/A Distant Mirror
14.) Ernest Hemingway/A Moveable Feast
Some Other Oddballs...
Is Austen in August happening? A couple for that. (The Austen I most want to reread is Persuasion.) Since reading Alex Ross' Wagnerism, I've also been wanting to reread Willa Cather's The Song of the Lark. Mudpuddle lately has made want to read some classic American sea tales.
15.) J. E. Austen-Leigh/A Memoir of Jane Austen
16.) Jane Austen/Persuasion
17.) Willa Cather/The Song of the Lark
18.) Sholom Aleichem/In The Storm
19.) James Fenimore Cooper/Red Rover
20.) James Fenimore Cooper/The Pilot
Which look good to you? Which should I be sure not to miss?