Classics Club Spin

It’s time for another Classics Spin!

What is the spin?

It’s easy. At your blog, before next Friday, November 17th, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the year (details to follow). Try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, re-reads, ancients — whatever you choose.)

On Friday, November 17th, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by December 31, 2017. We’ll check in here in January to see who made it the whole way and finished their spin book!

All right, here’s my list…what will I get? And are you participating in the spin?

  1. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe – Penelope Lively
  2. Love – Elizabeth von Arnim
  3. A London Child of the 1870s – Molly Hughes
  4. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
  5. The Spire – William Golding
  6. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  7. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  8. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  9. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  10. One Fine Day – Mollie Panter-Downes
  11. Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain
  12. July’s People – Nadine Gordimer
  13. My Brilliant Career – Miles Franklin
  14. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  15. My Life and Hard Times – James Thurber
  16. The Seventh Raven – Peter Dickinson
  17. Dubliners – James Joyce
  18. Throwing Shadows – E.L. Konigsburg
  19. Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
  20. Wise Children – Angela Carter

24 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin

  1. If you haven’t read ‘The Ghost of Thomas Kempe’ or ‘Testament of Youth’ then I really hope you get one of those. At some point you might also want to read ‘Testament of Friendship’ about Vera Brittain’s friendship with Winifred Holtby. I think it is a remarkable picture of the interwar years.


  2. My wish for you is STRONGLY #11. It’s an incredible book. If you read that one, I’ll be reading A Diary from Dixie. 😀

    Best of luck!


  3. And I hope you get Ford Maddox Ford. First read it for a class at Carleton and adored it. It’s still in heavy rotation on my re-reading list. (PS bonus: it’s a great BBC TV film from the 1980s, with Jeremy Brett as Ashburnham.)


  4. I wish Testament of Youth because it is one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read, but because it;s #AusReadingMonth I also with you My Brilliant Career 🙂


  5. Another Testament of Youth fan here. Vera Brittain wrote a few excellent novels as well. I have Winifred Holtby’s A Crowded Street on my spin list and can certainly endorse the recommendation of Testament of Friendship. I really liked The Good Soldier as well. Good luck with whatever you get, and to all of us taking part.


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