The Classics Spin #2

– spin posts so far –

Good morning, Clubbers!

It’s time for another Classics Spin for any who are interested. What is the spin?

It’s easy. At your blog, by next Monday, May 20, list your choice of any twenty books you’ve left to read from your Classics Club list — in a separate post.

This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books in May & June. (Details follow.) So, 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, rereads, ancients — whatever you choose.)

Next Monday, 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 July 1. We’ll have a check in post for July, to see who made it the whole way and finished the spin book.

Do you have that?

  • Go to your blog.
  • Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List.
  • Try to challenge yourself: list five you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, rereads, ancients — whatever you choose.)
  • Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog by next Monday.
  • Monday morning, we’ll announce a number from 1-20. Go to the list of twenty books you posted, and select the book that corresponds to the number we announce.
  • The challenge is to read that book by July 1, even if it’s an icky one you dread reading! (No fair not listing any scary ones!)

Ha ha! 😀 All for fun, and of course, the “rules” are, as always, very relaxed. Really, you can make up your own rules. We don’t actually care. 😛

So, today (any time this week) at your blog, you might post something like:

My Book Spin list for the Classics Club  –

  1. Jane Eyre
  2. Pride and Prejudice
  3. Crime and Punishment
  4. Oliver Twist
  5. CLARISSA (yikes!)
  6. Gone With the Wind
  7. Ulysses (Ugh!)
  8. Emerson’s Collected Essays
  9. Richard III
  10. The Iliad
  11. Jude the Obscure
  12. Leaves of Grass
  13. The Monk
  14. Dracula
  15. The Importance of Being Earnest
  16. Sense & Sensibility
  17. The Tempest
  18. The Diary of Anne Frank
  19. Paradise Lost
  20. Pilgrim’s Progress

(Obviously, YOU choose what books you want to list, in what order.)

Next Monday, we will announce a number from 1 through 20. When we announce it, go to your Spin list. Find that number, and read the book listed for that number by July 1.

So, if (for example) we announce #9 — if the above list was your Spin List, you’d have to read Richard III by July 1.

Make sense? Don’t get bogged down by rules and details! Free free to rebelliously break the rules at your leisure.

As always, the prize is the reading experience. 🙂

When we announce the number next Monday, come tell us your title — ha!

Anybody in? If so, you can link to your spin lists below. Happy week!

Twitter hashtag: #ccspin

– the Club

77 thoughts on “The Classics Spin #2

  1. Reading Ulysses by July 1…of which year? 🙂

    I was pleasantly surprised by the readability of Pilgrim’s Progress. I approached it with fear and ended up liking it.


  2. *happy dance* I loved the first Classics Spin! I read “Arrowsmith”, which I quite liked, but I doubt I would have got to it any time in nearish future without the spin.

    I will post my 20 books later this week 🙂


  3. Yippee I loved the first spin as I got to read The Magnificent Ambersons. If I have time on the weekend I will try to match my list as much as possible to other lists so that I get to read me book with someone else 🙂
    For those who use instagram the hashtag is also #ccspin so you can post a picture of your book, where you are reading it, snack, beverage & weather update etc!


  4. I really like this challenge and have put my list of 20 books together HERE. I like the idea that it may force me to read one of the books I’ve been putting off. Whatever happens, I know I’ll have one book less on my reading list.


  5. This is my first spin and I’m excited! Thankfully, most of the 50 books I want to read, but I have some in the list that I’m not looking forward to.


  6. Here’s my second Classics Spin. I really like these spins as they remind me to be more active in this club. Other challenges and life gets in the way sometimes, but these spins force me to read from the list. Good luck everyone!


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