Classics Club Spin

It’s time for another Classics Spin!

What is the spin?

It’s easy. At your blog, before next Friday, March 9th, 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, March 9, 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 April 30, 2018. We’ll check in here to see who made it the whole way and finished their spin book!

I did the last spin a few months ago, and got Don Quixote. I only finished Part I by the end of the year, so I’m including it again — so if I get it I’ll read Part II. I’ve mixed up the rest of my list and made a few changes, but it’s basically the same as last time. Have fun, clubbers!

And the spin number is: #3! I’ll be reading Invisible Man.

  1. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  2. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  3. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  4. One Fine Day – Mollie Panter-Downes
  5. Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain
  6. The Mozart Season – Virginia Ewer Wolff
  7. My Brilliant Career – Miles Franklin
  8. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  9. My Life and Hard Times – James Thurber
  10. The Seventh Raven – Peter Dickinson
  11. Dubliners – James Joyce
  12. Throwing Shadows – E.L. Konigsburg
  13. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  14. Wise Children – Angela Carter
  15. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  16. Love – Elizabeth von Arnim
  17. A London Child of the 1870s – Molly Hughes
  18. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
  19. The Spire – William Golding
  20. Portrait of a Lady – Henry James

19 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin

    1. LAURIE YOU MUST. Also I highly recommended (perhaps moreso) Chronicle of Youth — the journal upon which she bases her memoirs. It is chilling for its immediacy. If you only read one, read the memoirs.


  1. Interesting list of know and unknown to me classics. I would love to hear your take on Wise Children. I can’t love Carter the way others do but she has such enthusiastic fans and I do love to hear about why they love her books so much.


    1. I think I actually read it once but it was a long time ago and I forget my response. From a recent reread of The Bloody Chamber, I found I loved some of her stories but not others. Her style is so strong, but sometimes it works for me and sometimes it doesn’t.


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