Classic Club Spin and Little Black Penguins

Snip20171110_1In 2015 Penguin Books published a series of 80 Little Black Classic Books to celebrate their 80th anniversary.  I bought the original set but see now more books have been added to the set. I believe they number 127 books. You can see the complete list here.

Of course I have looked through them but not read any of them.

This week the Classic Club 16th Spin has been announced and I thought I would use this set of books to get started reading them. I have picked the first 20 books of the series for the list. There are some I look forward to more than others but I will read the book chosen by the spin number and post a review of it, as required by the end of the year.

The list is as follows:

  1. Mrs. Rosie and the Priest by Giovanni Boccaccio
  2. As Kingfishers Catch Fire by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  3. The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue by Anon
  4. On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts by Thomas DeQuincey
  5. Aphorisms on Love and Hate
  6. Traffic by John Ruskin
  7. Wailing Ghosts by Pu Songling
  8. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
  9. Three Tang Dynasty Poets
  10. On the Beach at Night Alone by Walt Whitman
  11. A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees by Kentō
  12. How to Use Your Enemies by Baltasar Gracián
  13. The Eve of St Agnes by John Keats
  14. Woman Much Missed by Thomas Hardy
  15. Femme Fatale by Guy de Maupassant
  16. Travels in the Land of Serpents and Pearls by Marco Polo
  17. Galigual by Suetonius
  18. Jason and Medea by Apollonius
  19. Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson
  20. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

Snip20171110_1I don’t have firm favourites or ones I am dreading BUT …. if I had to choose I think my best pick might be no. 7 or 11 and the ones I might hesitate at would be no. 13 and 20. They sound a bit dry but hey! Who Knows!

The Spin will occur on Friday, November 17th.  Stay Tuned.Snip20171031_6





9 thoughts on “Classic Club Spin and Little Black Penguins

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  1. What a fantastic collection – what a wonderful way to sample the great literature. I hope you enjoy the reading, despite them not being easy reads. I have a set of the Penguin Travelogues ( great travel literature ) that I bought on Ebay a long time ago – I also have not read any of them, just looked through them but now I might bring them out and begin the actual reading.

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