Wednesday, 14 September 2022

The Classics Club: The Classics Spin #31


"Words and Peace" is a blog I've been following for a couple of years and I have always found some interesting new (or olde) books there, especially French ones.

On her page, I found the posts by "The Classics Club" asking us to create a post, this time before next Sunday 18th September 2022, and list our choice of any twenty books that remain "to be read" on our Classics Club list. They'll then post a number from 1 through 20 and we have time until Sunday 30th of October 2022 to read it.

In the meantime, I read three more books from my old list (Classics Spin #30) which I usually replace by some new ones. Since I want to finish my oldest classic novels first (as published in my Classics Club list) before buying new ones, I simply added those that are still on that list at the end of the list (only three left). They are all in chronological order.

1.    Voltaire "Candide, ou l'Optimism" (Candid, or Optimism/Candide oder der Optimismus) - 1759
2.    Brontë, Charlotte "Shirley" - 1849
3.    Keller, Gottfried "Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe" (A Village Romeo and Juliet) - 1855/56
4.    Brontë, Charlotte "The Professor" - 1857
5.    Faulkner, William "The Sound and the Fury" - 1929
6.    Hamilton, Cicely "William - an Englishman" - 1920
7.    Mandelstam, Ossip "The Din of Time" (Шум времени/Shum vremeni) - 1925
8.    Hesse, Hermann "Wir nehmen die Welt nur zu ernst" [We just take the world too seriously] - 1928
9.    Hemingway, Ernest "A Farewell to Arms" - 1929
10.  Kästner, Erich "Emil und die Detektive" (Emil and the Detectives) - 1929
11.  Meigs, Cornelia "Invincible Louisa" - 1933
12.  Orwell, George "Down and Out in Paris and London: A Gritty Memoir on Life & Poverty in Two Cities" - 1933
13. Canetti, Elias "Die Blendung" (Auto-da-Fé) - 1935
14. Orwell, George "The Road to Wigan Pier" - 1937
15.    Zweig, Stefan "Schachnovelle" (The Royal Game/Chess) - 1942
16.    Mahfouz, Naguib "Midaq Alley " (Zuqaq El Midaq/زقاق المدق) - 1947
17.    Kazantzakis, Nikos "The Last Temptation of Christ" (Ο τελευταίος πειρασμός/O telefteos pirasmos) - 1951
18.    Keller, Gottfried "Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe" (A Village Romeo and Juliet) - 1855/56
19.    Mandelstam, Ossip "The Din of Time" (Шум времени/Shum vremeni) - 1925
20.    Kazantzakis, Nikos "The Last Temptation of Christ" (Ο τελευταίος πειρασμός/O telefteos pirasmos) - 1951

If you want to take up the challenge, here is the post: The Classics Spin #31 

This time, it's #2, so my novel is:
Brontë, Charlotte "Shirley" - 1849

Here are all the books on my original Classics Club list.
And here is a list of all the books I read with the Classics Spin.


  1. I've only read two of these books: Invincible Louisa, which I thought was interesting, and A Farewell to Arms, which I had to read in high school and did not like. But then I'm not much of a Hemingway fan.

    1. Well, you're two ahead of me there, Lark, because, of course, I haven't read any. Still, they are my own choices, so I should be alright with whatever number comes up. And I am a Hemingway fan, so I hope I will enjoy these books, as well. Thanks.

  2. Interesting and diverse list. I have read some of the books and they are good.

    1. I hope Blogger and/or WordPress gets their act together soon so I won't have to guess who wrote this.

      Nice that you have read a few of the books, if you read this, maybe you want to tell me which ones?

  3. Oh I need to do a Classics Spin again for sure!! It always is the most fun. I have made a note here and can just use my previous list as I haven't actually made a lot of progress with it so far.... LOL!!

    Let's see where the dice falls!

    Elza Reads

    1. I wouldn't worry about that, Mareli. We all recycle our lists and just add one or two other ones. That's what's so great about this challenge, after a while, we get to read all our classic books.

  4. Hi Marianne! Thanks to your inspiration - I've decided to take part in this round of the Classics Spin again! Whoo hoo. And I'm sure I'll be able to actually finish it! Of Mice and Men isn't a long book.

    I will take a look at your book tag a bit later today as well.

    Elza Reads

    1. Oooooh, I'm happy you are taking part, Lark. And I loved Of Mice and Men, I do like John Steinbeck and even though I'm not fond of short books, I did like this one. I even used it in my last list "The Book Blogger Memory Challenge Book Tag" for a book with a character called George.

      Looking forward to your review. My book is a little longer, Shirley by Charlotte Brontë, my edition has 706 pages.