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

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All right, clubbers! Back in early November, we announced The Classics Spin #16, challenging you to read Book #4 on your spin list by December 31.

Guess what? Today is December 31! Happy New Year’s Eve!

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

51 thoughts on “Today is the Day! Did you finish your SPIN book? #ccspin

  1. Mine was A Tale of Two Cities. I did finish on the 30th and I had to lay down for a rest afterwards. It was a headache starting, trying to figure out why is Charles Dickens telling me all that and I felt it started making some sense about page 200. I am still not convinced as to why Carlton ended up in that route. You may say for love but still…

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  2. Oh man, I feel like such a failure since everyone has finished so far! I had Shirley picked to read but left it until the middle of the month to start. By that time we had been so busy for Christmas and the last days of school and preparing for family that I just wasn’t in the right headspace to get into it. Hopefully I’ll get to it in 2018!

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    1. I read all three Henry plays during the last year or so. Very interesting, as I was also reading a series on the Wars of the Roses, and of course, Henry’s reign was what started everything.


        1. He probably only wrote Part II because other people wrote unauthorized sequels (which he thought were bad) and cashed in on his story. He wanted to reclaim ownership of the characters and plot, and make sure everyone knew the others were “phony.” I think you’re justified in counting Part I as reading the book, although I think Part II, though super silly, has some merit. It’s also quite different, as Quixote changes (grows up?) in part two. Hope you get to it at some point. 🙂

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    1. I commented on your blog, but I thought I’d add it here, too, that I read this book in high school and was bothered by some of the same things you mentioned, so I did not finish it. I wonder what I would think of it now.


    1. Definitely not an easy read (some scenes are the stuff of nightmares) but in a world of fake news, AI, cyber warfare, climate change, etc he foresaw an awful lot of what may be coming to pass. So it continues to act as a warning.


  3. I was surprised how quickly I finished Hall Caine’s “The Manxman” (review at: I really enjoyed it, and actually had to hold off on posting my review until today. This was my first successful spin, and it’s oddly gratifying. It made me feel like i was reading in solidarity with all the other Classics Clubbers, not just in my own little world. Since I’m coming near the finish line on my first list, I’m also looking forward to the next spin, which will, I hope, be equally inspiring.

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  4. Yes, I did finish it, thanks! It was Anne Bronte’s Agnes Grey (which I reviewed here: and I was pleasantly surprised by it — because I’d been led to expect that, being semi-autobiographical, it would end up being a misery memoir about Anne’s awful experiences as a governess.

    Luckily the narrative wasn’t all doom and gloom: and, curiously, it ended in almost Austenesque fashion … but I won’t say more for fear of spoiling anyone’s reading experience! Anyway, looking forward to the next spin in, when, mid-January?

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