The next Classics Club Spin has come at the perfect time when I really needed it! The second semester of the year has been very hectic for me - and it will be until the end of the year; it might even stretch to early next year. I am very exhausted right now - more emotionally than physically, and my reading mood has kept altering between calm-and-soothing ones and light-fast ones. It means I always need to have two books to read simultaneously; and I can shift between books two or three times in a day. Really crazy, I know! And that's why, I was very excited to have the 21st Classics Club Spin!
Here's my list:
5 Random Classics
01. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
02. The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams
03. The Crucible - Arthur Miller
04. The Deerslayer - James Fennimore Cooper
05. Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs
5 Victorian Classics
06. Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte
07. Hard Times - Charles Dickens
08. Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy
09. Silas Marner - George Eliot
10. The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
5 Gothic Classics
11. The Man Who Was Thursday - G.K. Chesterton
12. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
13. We Have Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
14. The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe
15. Othello - William Shakespeare
5 Modern Classics
16. Under the Net - Iris Murdoch
17. The Pearl - John Steinbeck
18. The Beautiful and Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald
19. This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald
20. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Which one I look forward the most? I don't know - I say, I'm quite excited to read any number the spin would get me. Maybe, I'd rather having something gothic to read for #RIPXIV. But, I will read from no. 11-15 anyway, so.... anything is welcomed.
Now it comes to the hard decision I have mentioned in the title.
I have made the toughest decision in my reading life, to sign out from Moby Dick Readalong. The thing is, I don't have the right mood for deep reading right now - what with my hectic life, and also with menopausal-depressions I have to cope with. It's not a regular thing - thank God! - but still, it comes now and then.
Actually I have been doing quite well with the readalong so far - I have even managed to post weekly updates, and was generally having fun with the other participants. But entering chapter 26 or 27, I began to lose interest - I don't know why; I believe it has nothing to do with the book - it's just me. And I was thinking that we are approaching the end of year, which is usually the busiest days at work. Then I realized that I wouldn't have the energy to cope with it. I have choices, of course, I can just have a light reading through it. But I have done that years ago (this was my second read). If it doesn't give me joy anymore, why should I continue?
I feel sorry to Brona - I have been waiting for this for a long time, and even half encouraged her to do it, perhaps, but now I must put it down. I am disappointed too, but... yeah, I have no choice. Another thing, I have mentioned earlier that I'm planning to have an ambitious project of reading Zola's Rougon-Macquart cycle in 4-5 years, starting next year. Right now I'm very excited! I have prepared the materials, and can hardly wait till January. I might begin earlier with my Cambridge Companion to Zola, just to get the outline of what I must focus on next year!
Meanwhile, I'm going to enjoy my readings as much as I can - no ambitious task for the moment. Good luck with your readalongs, events, or spins! :)