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