Greetings! I feel as if I need to knock very softly and enter with a bunch of petunias or what ever flower might aid in people accepting your apology. I have been horrible with taking part in any activity hosted on The Classics Club for over a year. I’m not even going to make excuses, I’m just going to try my best to get back on track!
Last week I just happened to see there’s a new spin. The last one I did was spin #25. That’s some time ago… I also haven’t read a lot, okay any, of my Classics List in ages and my tally is still 2/50.
I went through my Classics Club Reading list yesterday again and realized that most of the books on there, I really still want to read. I’m just not all that good with lists… But I thought, just to make it a bit easier, perhaps I should make a backup list as well. Especially with books I actually have on my physical shelf, but haven’t read yet. For those unexpected spins I really want to take part in, but don’t have the book and I can quickly replace it with…
Here’s a couple of Classics not on my list, but on my shelf: (*I’m not sure if all of these qualify as official classics, in my eyes they do…)
- Reach for the Sky by Paul Brickhill
- Green Mantle by John Buchan
- Bel Ria by Sheila Burnford
- The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
- Biggles Series by W.E. Johns
- The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carrè
- Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
- A Bed by the Window by M. Scott Peck
- The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner
- The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
I’ve also made a list of classic authors I have a couple of books of I can always fall back on. But let’s leave that for another day and see if I will actually be able to finish the latest spin!
The Lucky Spin number is, number two and the second book on my original list is:
“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s
They are an unlikely pair: George is “small and quick and dark of face”; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a “family,” clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation. Laborers in California’s dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. But George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own.
While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing ‘Of Mice and Men’ (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and a shared dream that makes an individual’s existence meaningful.
A unique perspective on life’s hardships, this story has achieved the status of timeless classic due to its remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.
I’m quite happy to read this one before the 30th of October. It’s been on my TBR long before I even had a TBR, so I guess it’s time to read it!
Do you actively take part in The Classics Club? What book on your list did the latest spin fall on?
Happy reading you all!