The Classics Club Lucky SPIN number!

Click for details about the Spin.

We promised you a spin number this morning, and here it is! Your Spin Number is –

1.

If you joined the game last week, find number 1 on your Spin List! That’s the title you are challenged to read by July 7, 2014. We’ll toss a post up on July 7 to see who completed the game.

As always, the prize is the reading experience. Details here.

In case anyone asks — it would be awesome if everyone posted about their Spin book on July 7. But that’s not mandatory or anything. If you want to, though, have at it! 🙂

Check in below if you played. What’s your #1 title? Are you glad, hesitant, excited about your title? Do tell!

Twitter hashtag: #ccspin

– the Club

59 thoughts on “The Classics Club Lucky SPIN number!

  1. I got Walden and Civil Disobedience by Thoreau. Only on pg 12 so far, started out differently than they was I thought it would.

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  2. Oh, Malory’s on my list too (a reread, actually, and I *loved* it the first time around. Once you get into it, it goes by far more quickly than you’d think :D).

    I actually got the complete poems of Emily Dickinson this spin round, which I am so stoked for!

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  3. I got The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. Still not sure how I feel about this since I do want to read it, but it’s going to be tough to read I’m sure!

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  4. My book is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and I was NOT looking forward to it!!! But I guessed, they never pick an obvious number like 1….goes to show Murphy’s Law is still at play!!!

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    1. Scarlet Letter is actually a pretty good book – I wrote about it for my AP literature exam essay! It has some interesting characters, and the way they “play off” of each other is fantastic.

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  5. Oliver Twist was my #1 this time around. I was kind of hoping for a Bronte, but I’m pretty pleased with this one. I used to love Dickens, but it’s been a very long time since I read anything of his.

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  6. I will be reading The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (translated in the modern English by Nevill Coghill). I hope to one day read the poem in the original English, but for the spin, I will read it in translation.

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    1. I’m very excited to read it 🙂
      By the way, do you happen to be the blogger behind the disappeared “passion for dead leaves” blog? If so, I’m glad I’ve found you again 🙂

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    1. Nice!
      I saw a performance of it just last month at the Opera House in Sydney. It was a modern interpretation mostly from the young son’s point of view.

      Good luck 🙂

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    1. I hope to read this one soon. It keeps getting such rave reviews (A Reader and Sam to start!) and it sounds like my kind of thing.

      Good luck – big breath and dive right in 🙂

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  7. Mine’s As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner. I’m excited and very nervous at the same time because The Sound and the Fury is one of my fav books ever, but Faulkner is not the easiest author to follow.

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    1. I read quite a few Faulkner novels in college (not As I Lay Dying however) and I remember that while I usually couldn’t quite track what was happening, I really loved his writing.

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    1. Lucky!!
      I love the differences in temperament and personalities of the 2 sisters and how Austen explores the pro’s and con’s of each 🙂

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  8. I’m going to read Matilda by Roald Dahl. I’m ok with that, though I was kinda hoping I could read that with the kids over the summer. At least I shouldn’t have a problem finishing the book by July.

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  9. My Spin pick is “The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo.” It was on my “Books I Keep Putting Off” list. Time to stop procrastinating, I guess!! Well, maybe after I’ve finished it, I’ll have the courage to start “Les Miserables.”

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      1. This was on my list too, but I’ve read a number of French books lately, so I was pleased to get an English author instead with Wilkie Collins.

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    1. I haven’t read Hunchback, but Les Miserables is one of my favorite books. I’ll warn you though, if you ever liked the musical, you will hate it after the book. I know, the whole, usual thing about readers and adaptations, but that really isn’t the reason you’ll hate the musical. It’s because Hugo was making such a point about class and complacency. And, yes, I get really worked up about that book.

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      1. I also haven’t read hunchback but les Miz is an absolute favorite of mine. I adore Hugo’s fantastic characterizations. And I didn’t mind the musical that much, though I was disappointed at some of the stuff they left out of course.

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    2. I really enjoyed Hunchback of Notre Dame. Watch out for a historical tangent that occurs early on – it derails the story for a little while, but then it gets back on track.

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  10. I’m both glad and wary as I have to read Le Morte D’Arthur which comes in two volumes. It’s a long one. But I have a feeling I’ll love it.

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