Hello friends. I hope those of you who have been celebrating Thanksgiving have had a great few days. I’m delighted to write that it’s time for another Classics Club Spin! Here are the “rules:”
- Go to your blog.
- Pick twenty CHUNKSTER books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List.
- Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog before Tuesday 27th November.
- We’ll announce a number from 1-20.
- Read that book by 31st January 2019.
Um, did they say “CHUNKSTER?” Gulp. When I looked at my list I noticed that I do have quite a few chunksters I haven’t even touched yet. Because I’m a wimp, my spin list is half 500+ page tomes, half “fun size” literary masterpieces (bigger books in bold type.)
- Go Tell it on the Mountain – James Baldwin
- Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë
- The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
- A Study in Scarlet – Arthur Conan Doyle
- My Cousin Rachel – Daphne du Maurier
- Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
- The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
- Adam Bede – George Eliot
- Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
- North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
- Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
- The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett
- The Blue Castle – L.M. Montgomery
- Less Than Angels – Barbara Pym
- Ceremony – Leslie Marmon Silko
- Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
- The Warden – Anthony Trollope
- Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
- The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
- Native Son – Richard Wright
What from my list have you read? I’ll post the result next week.
I love this library usage meme that Bookish Beck hosts each month. Do check out her blog here.
Books Read: Because I’ve been reading my OWN BOOKS (yay!) – Lethal White, The Lottery and Other Stories, and Transcription – I’ve only read a few library books this month.
- Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neal Hurston. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
- Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm (juvenile graphic novel) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
- A Different Pond by Bao Phi (a semi-biographical picture book I read with my son – terribly moving, about an first-generation little Vietnamese boy and his immigrant father and beautifully illustrated.) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
- I Contain Multitudes:The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong (library digital audiobook – I’m at 63% and my loan expires today so I have to get it again – I may try to finish it in paper form. Very interesting!)
- When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice For Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön
- Biblical Literacy: The Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know by Timothy Beal
Checked Out, To Be Read:
- There There by Tommy Orange
- The House at Sea’s End – Elly Griffith
- The Death of Mrs. Westaway– Ruth Ware
In the Holds Queue: (Besides 7 books still on hold from my August list – I’ve been suspending the holds for a while!)
- Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
- Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
- Daring to Lead by Brene Brown
Cookbooks: (I’m adding this category because I don’t feel like they really fit in well with the other kinds of books I check out regularly – I don’t read them from cover to cover.)
- Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines (I made the Cinnamon Squares and they were AMAZING!)
- Debbie Macomber’s Table by Debbie Macomber ( I made the Lemon Shortbread Streusel Bars – also delicious, picture below!)
Anything from my list appeal to you? What have you checked out recently from your library?
Library Checkout is a fun meme celebrating library usage coordinated by Bookish Beck – check out her blog! This month, as usual, I’ve been checking things out and putting things on hold like a boss. My library system (the one at which I work) just recently upped the checkout limit to 50 items! In addition to the books listed below, I’ve been checking out mad quantities of books for my kiddo, since he has to read at least 20 minutes a day for school. And I’ve also been trying to watch all the Marvel superhero movies (I basically missed everything after Iron Man and before Black Panther, LOL) so I’ve also been getting those from the library. Yay, libraries!
- Brother – David Chariandy
- Clearing Emotional Clutter: Mindfulness Practices for Letting Go of What’s Blocking Your Fulfillment and Transformation – Donald Altman
CHECKED OUT, TO BE READ:
- The House at Sea’s End – Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway #3)
- The Lying Game – Ruth Ware
- The First Bad Man – Miranda July
- The Art of Living – Thich Nhat Hahn
- The Diary of a Bookseller – Shaun Bythell
- Smitten Kitchen Every Day – Deb Perelman
- Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients – John Whaite
IN THE HOLDS QUEUE:
- Barracoon – Zora Neale Hurston (this is waiting for me at the library now!)
- There There – Tommy Orange
- Yes We (Still) Can – Dan Pfeiffer
- The Sun Does Shine – Anthony Ray Hinton
- The Word is Murder – Anthony Horowitz
- The Death of Mrs. Westaway – Ruth Ware
- Dear Mrs. Bird – A.J. Pearce
- Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World – Maryanne Wolf
- Transcription – Kate Atkinson (although I will almost certainly buy this one before I get it from the library. I should just take myself off the holds list.)
- On The Other Side of Freedom: The Case For Hope – Deray McKesson
- Our House – Louise Candlish
- French Exit – Patrick deWitt
- The Cooking Gene – Michael Twitty (This is still on my TBR list; it had a hold on it.)
- Shadowhouse Fall (Shadowshaper #2) – Daniel José Older (I intend to get this again – I just wasn’t in the mood.)
So once again I have a gazillion things checked out and on hold and realistically I don’t think I’ll get them all read but even if I don’t it STILL benefits my library to check them out! Circulation is key. Did you make use of your public library is August? Have you read any of these titles?
I’ve been meaning to participate in Rebecca Foster’s (Bookish Beck) Library Checkout meme for a couple of months now and I finally remembered and got my act together enough to put together a post before the end of the month! Yes! She’s skipping this month due to travels but if you’ve never checked out her blog before please do so for some insightful and varied reviews (such a voracious reader.) Note: I’m only highlighting books checked out for me in this post. At any given time I have about 15 books checked out for my son in various states of being read!
LIBRARY BOOKS READ:
- The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway mystery #2) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
- The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
- Just Cook It!: 145 Built-to-be-Easy Recipes That Are Totally Delicious by Justin Chapple
- The Bird’s Nest by Shirley Jackson (I’m about 70 pages from finishing – boy, it’s nuts!)
- The Book of Self-Care: Remedies For Healing Mind, Body, and Soul by Mary Beth Janssen (I’m pretty much skimming this one too.)
CHECKED OUT, TO BE READ:
- An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
- The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael Twitty
- Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jodie Older (Shadowshaper series #2)
IN THE HOLDS QUEUE:
- Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
- There There by Tommy Orange
- Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump by Dan Pfeiffer
- The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life And Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
- The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
- The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
- Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce
RETURNED UNREAD: None.
Anything from my list appeal to you, or have you read any of these? What have you checked out lately from your local library?
It’s Spin time! I joined The Classics Club (now under new leadership) earlier this year and got the word yesterday that it’s time for another Spin (my second.) What’s a #CCSpin? Well, basically you choose 20 books from your original list and then on Spin Day the Classics Club leaders choose a number from 1-20. Whichever number is drawn is the classic book you read and write about next!
So here are my 20, pretty much chosen randomly (I did put some chunksters in there to mix it up:)
- Fahrenheit 451 – Bradbury
- Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon – Austen
- Jane Eyre – Brontë (re-read)
- The Woman in White – Collins
- A Study in Scarlet – Conan Doyle
- The Thin Man – Hammett
- The Count of Monte Cristo – Dumas
- The Lottery and Other Stories – Jackson
- West With the Night – Markham
- 1984 – Orwell
- Less Than Angels – Pym
- Anna Karenina- Tolstoy
- Crossing to Safety – Stegner
- Native Son – Wright
- Ceremony – Silko
- Stoner – Williams
- Island of Dr. Moreau – Wells
- Brideshead Revisited – Waugh
- Beloved – Morrison (re-read)
- The Gowk Storm – Morrison
If you’re in the Classics Club, good luck with your spin! I hope you all get the number you want. (Totally statistically impossible, but you know.) 🙂
Have you read any of these? Have any thoughts?
I’m still playing catch-up from May, where my blogging zest seemed to have left me. Thankfully it has returned and once again I’m taking part in Cathy’s annual 20 Books of Summer challenge. This time I’m once again going for 20 books, despite not completing my list either year I’ve participated. I guess I just look at the number 20 as more of a suggestion than a rule, ha ha! I’m not worried about whether or not I finish all of them, mostly I just want to get some books crossed off my TBR list and enjoy myself!
Here is my list:
- Last Night in Montreal – Emily St. John Mandel
- Shadowshaper – D.J. Older
- The Crossing Places – Elly Griffiths
- Little Fires Everywhere – Celest Ng
- The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race – edited by Jessmyn Ward (my book group’s pick for June)
- The Power – Naomi Alderman
- The Radium Girls – Kate Moore
- The Enchanted April – Elizabeth Von Arnim (a Classics Club list choice)
- CivilWarLand in Bad Decline – George Saunders
- The Bird’s Nest – Shirley Jackson (Classics Club)
- Ongoingness: The End of a Diary – Sarah Manguso
- Wizard and Glass (Dark Tower #4) – Stephen King (I abandoned this in the spring because it’s huge and it had library holds on it. I’m determined to get it again and finish it!)
- Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin (Classics Club)
- Dear Martin – Nic Stone
- Binti– Nnedi Okorafor
READER’S CHOICE The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway #2) – Elly Griffiths
READER’S CHOICE Kitchens of the Great Midwest – J. Ryan Stradal
READER’S CHOICE Gather Together in My Name – Maya Angelou
- July Book Group Pick: The Best We Could Do – Thi Bui
- August Book Group Pick: The First Bad Man – Miranda July
The last five open slots on the list give me the flexibility I need as a mood reader. Plus, I’m a good book group member and almost always read the book, whatever it may be.
Have you read any of my picks, or are any of them on your TBR lists?
Today The Classics Club Spin number was announced. It was #3, so my book is…
The Long-Winded Lady: Notes from The New Yorker by Maeve Brennan!
This is one I didn’t even have in mind as I mulled over what my spin result might be, so I’m pleasantly surprised. I discovered Irish-born writer Maeve Brennan last year during Reading Ireland Month, thanks to Cathy at 746 Books. I read her novella The Visitor, which was haunting and lovely. (My review here.)
A description from Goodreads: From 1954 to 1981, Maeve Brennan contributed to “The New Yorker’s” “Talk of the Town” department under the pen name “the long-winded lady.” Her unforgettable sketches–prose snapshots of life in the streets, diners, and cheap hotels just off Times Square–are a timeless, bittersweet tribute to what she calls the “most ambitious, most comical…saddest and coldest and most human of cities.”
I always enjoy reading about New York City, and knowing what an intelligent, observant writer Brennan was, I’m sure this will be a good pick.
If you participate in the Spin, what book came up for you?