The Classics Club – Spin #31 and Shelf Classics

Posted September 22, 2022 by elzaread in The Classics Club / 13 Comments

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…)

  1. Reach for the Sky by Paul Brickhill
  2. Green Mantle by John Buchan
  3.  Bel Ria by Sheila Burnford 
  4. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
  5. Biggles Series by W.E. Johns
  6. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carrè
  7. Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  8. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  9. A Bed by the Window by M. Scott Peck 
  10. The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner
  11. 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
why.”

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!

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13 responses to “The Classics Club – Spin #31 and Shelf Classics

  1. Oh you got a good one! This was required reading when I was in high school and it was one I actually enjoyed reading even though it’s not the most cheerful of stories. I love pretty much every Steinbeck book I’ve read (I do my best to pretend The Pearl doesn’t exist) and since we usually have pretty similar tastes I hope you do too!

    • Hi Katherine!

      Now I feel very inspired to read it! If you liked it, the chances are quite good that I will too! I hope to get to it before end of October at least… Are you taking part in the Classic spin #31?

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    • Hi Emma!

      Oh I know about East of Eden as well. I have the Red Pony on my shelf and will probably read that one at some stage too.

      My Mom loved James M. Cain and it’s actually her omnibus that I have!

      Thanks for sharing, I will hop over now.

      elzaread recently posted: Weekend Book Friends #34
    • I very much thought so Debbie! I went through my shelfs this afternoon and realized there are quite a number of books on there that I would actually consider classics. I am really, really going to try to participate a bit more and hopefully get to make some progress.

      Glad to hear Of Mice and Men is a favorite, sure I will love it too!