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!

My list of classics has 68 titles, (but I’ve been adding since the week when I published my initial post!) I have read 19 of those. It’s simply a matter of preference, (it’s not any imposition, I just happen to love classics, the most known ones, the least known, the robust and the light.)

This is my list:

  1. La Celestina, Fernando de Rojas, 1499
  2. Utopia, Thomas More, 1516
  3. Persuasion, Jane Austin, 1817
  4. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1851
  5. Fathers and Sons, Turgenev, 1862
  6. Far from the Madding Crowd, Hardy, 1874 added +
  7. La familia de León Roch, Galdós, 1878
  8. Washington Square, Henry James, 1880
  9. Los Pazos de Ulloa, Emilia Pardo Bazán, 1886
  10. La muerte de Ivan Illich, Tolstoy, 1886
  11. The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton, 1905 added +
  12. The Cross, (book III in the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy), 1922
  13. The Glorious Adventure, Halliburton, 1927
  14. To the Lighthouse, Woolf, 1927
  15. Gaudy Night, Dorothy Sayers, 1935 added +
  16. Look Back on Happiness, Knut Hamsun, 1940 added +
  17. The Power and the Glory, Greene, 1940 added +
  18. Speak Memory, Nabokov, 1951
  19. The Baron in the Trees, Italo Calvino, 1957 added +
  20. A Movable Feast, Ernest Heminway, 1964 added +

I too wonder what number and title will I get!

28 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin, #16

  1. So fun! I wonder if I could do this, though, if I haven’t been part of the classics club previously? What do you think? I still have plenty of classics on my shelves! 🙂 ha!

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    1. Oh, yes you can!, list 20 books (they don’t even have to be classics), we’ll get a number next Friday, and try to read it by the end of 2016. It’s a fun thing to do. Sherry, do it too!

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  2. Oh, ‘Persuasion’ is one of my favourite books. I love Austen and her irony, but this novel is awesome. 🙂 Very good list! We have in common ‘The House of Mirth’. I hope you enjoy the book you get. Good luck!

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  3. Muchas amigas me han hablado muy bien de Persuasión, Sonia, así que creo que será mi próximo Jane Austen, salga o no en el spin.

    Me alegro de haberte encontrado, y me encantó leer tus mensajes en inglés. (Me puedes escribir en español, lo que prefieras). Yo escribo en inglés por mi audiencia, Tengo este blog en español,, pero es más orientado a la enseñanza. A veces he hablado de libros en él, pero aquí es donde tengo mi registro de lecturas.


  4. I’m just now seeing this post!!! So, I’m not in The Classics Club….yet. I am considering it and have already started a list of books. 🙂 Right now, I’m reading Little Women and am almost finished with that. I’m planning to read A Christmas Carol next as a read-aloud with my daughter. It will be a re-read for me. It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time for me to get busy writing my reading challenge summary post for the year. But it’s also getting close to that time when the reading challenges for 2018 come out! 🙂

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