The Classics Spin #12

Spins! 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, March 7, 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 March & April. (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 May 2, 2016. We’ll have a check in here in May, 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 May 2, 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 May 2.

So, if (for example) we announce #9 — if the above list was your Spin List, you’d have to read Richard III by May 2.

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

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36 thoughts on “The Classics Spin #12

  1. Here is my updated list. I have set myself up to be more disciplined this time around.
    1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
    2. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
    3. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
    4. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
    5. Light in August by William Faulkner
    6. Karin Lavransdotter by Sigrid Undset
    7. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
    8. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
    9. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
    10. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
    11. Richard III by William Shakespeare
    12. Travels With My Aunt by Graham Green
    13. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    14. The Overcoat and Other Stories by Nikolaj Gogol
    15. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waughn
    16. Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams
    17. The Taming of a Screw by William Shakespeare
    18. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
    19. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    20. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

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