Today is the Day! Did you finish your SPIN book?

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All right, clubbers! Back in early March, we announced The Classics Spin #15, challenging you to read Book #12 on your spin list by May 1.

Guess what? Today is May 1!

Did you read your book? Did you write about it, or will you?

What was your book, and what did you think? Share below. Feel free to link to your post below, if/when you write about your book.


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

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– the Club

39 thoughts on “Today is the Day! Did you finish your SPIN book?

    1. Tried to comment on your blog, but it wouldn’t accept my wordpress ID for some reason. I have found that a problem with other sites using your blogging tool. Anyway, I said that Tales of the South Pacific wasn’t my favorite Michener either, but that his books got even worse as he got older and let his graduate students do all the research, so it wasn’t the worst. Tales is an early book, but anything after The Covenant is pretty bad.


  1. My spin book was Diary of a Nobody by George and Wheedon Grossmith. Haven’t got around to doing the review yet but I enjoyed this tale of a man who tries so hard to be a man of status but keeps making a mess of everything.

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  2. Well I’ll be the one who hasn’t come up to the mark! The positive? I have at least started The Good Companions which was my spin this time around. For some reason I had it firmly in my mind that this was a short book. It’s not. I came very close to giving up after just a few pages but actually found myself hooked in so now I know I will definitely finish it – just not sure when! And there will be a review – eventually 🙂

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  3. I did finish – at midnight on 30th April! And I actually rather enjoyed Lorna Doone after a long period when I thought I was going to hate it. Unfortunately I’ve unexpectedly had to take a week off blogging, so my post will be late and I won’t get round everyone else’s till next week, but I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone got on… 😀

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      1. I found the first third or so really hard going, but it picked up after that. Incredibly long for its content though – I reckon today he’d have been forced to edit out a couple of hundred pages at least!


      1. Enough time had gone by since I had seen the movie (30 yrs!!) that I couldn’t really remember much except the small plane and the beautiful scenery.

        I was expecting a memoir/autobiography that had a narrative of sorts, but it was just a collection of anecdotes turned into short stories.


    1. Blogger doesn’t like my WordPress ID and I long ago forgot my Google password, so I am never able to leave comments on your post. I tried to leave you a comment saying that my problem with Out of Africa is I tried to read it right after the movie came out. The movie was so lush and atmospheric, but it is based more on Dinesen’s life than on the book, I think.

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      1. Yes blogger can be like that 😔

        I could have been with the book & movie being quite different, but I was expecting a narrative story, not a collection of anecdotes. It was hard to feel any connection to place or persons as a result, despite some lovely descriptions.

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      1. I haven’t tried that narrator, but I’m really loving the Sherlock collection on Audible narrated by Stephen Fry. In terms of audiobooks, he’s probably best known as the narrator for the UK editions of the Harry Potter series. He also narrated the first two Paddington Bear novels and he’s a real favorite of mine. The Sherlock collection doesn’t include every single story, but I think 62 hours will keep my plenty busy! (If you’re in the UK, there the collection has 72 hours since the rights are different there I believe and more stories are included.)


  4. I did finish my book – for the first time ever! However, I must admit I didn’t play by the rules. I did my own spin on the spin and put up a list of books from my Classics Club list and asked my blog readers to vote on what I would read next. Charlotte’s Web was the winner and I actually wrote about it too, so I’ll call that a win 🙂

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