The Classics Spin

classicsThe Classics Challenge is hosting a mini-challenge called the Classics Spin. Readers list twenty classics that they want to read by today. Tomorrow on February 18th,  the challenge hosts will randomly pick a number from 1-20. Whatever number they pick, readers read the book that corresponds to that number.

I have a ton of classics on my shelves that I haven’t read yet and this mini-challenge sounds like a great way to get through my unread stack.  The books I’ve chosen for my list are mostly recent classics and most are on my shelves as a way to conquer my tbr stack.

My list:

1. Grimm’s Fairy Tales

2. Mythology by Edith Hamilton

3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

5. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X

6. Passing by Nella Larson

7. House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday

8. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

9. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

10. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

11. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

12. The View from Saturday by  E.L. Konigsburg (a children’s classic)

13. Winnesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

14. Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson 

15. Selected Poems by Langston Hughes

16. Maus by Art Spiegelman

17. Poems – Sappho

18. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

19. Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (a parenting classic)

20. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (a children’s classic)

Have you signed up for this mini-challenge?

#14 was the lucky number picked for the spin. At first I was surprised but now I can’t wait to start reading Shirley Jackson’s Life Among the Savages. Yes, this is the same Shirley Jackson that wrote the short story, “The Lottery”.


21 thoughts on “The Classics Spin

  1. That’s a clever mini-challenge. I’m nuts about the random picking of books to read, owing to my complete inability to make decisions and stick to them. Looks like you’ve got lots of great choices – hope they pick a good one for you! 🙂

  2. I’m so tempted to do this. But I, uh, haven’t read a book since January so I know I’d fail miserably at this. Based on your list, I hope number 16 or 18 wins.

    1. Ugh, Christina, it’s been that long since you’ve read a book?! Wow. I hope you’re able to find some time to relax then. I wouldn’t mind if Maus or The Handmaid’s Tale were picked. I’ve been meaning to listen to THT since Claire Danes is the narrator.

      1. Posting this helped to break a bit of my slump. I finished a book two days later and then another one last night. I guess I just need to say it out loud to get myself into gear. Thankfully, I have a week long break from school starting tomorrow so I’m hoping to relax and read some books then.

  3. I didn’t join the game because I already had my classic for March picked out–I’ll be reading Bleak House.

    You’ll be reading Life Among the Savages! *\o/*

  4. I love Langson Hughes’ poetry, but I’ve only read a few of his. It’s great, and inspiring, that you have two works of poetry in your list. I definitely need (and want) to read more of that genre.

  5. What fun! I went through a phase where I read everything by Shirley Jackson that i could find, and now I can never remember which ones I have actually read, and where there are gaps in my reading. Perhaps it’s time to re-read!

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