Did You Finish Your Spin?

Today’s the Day!

On the 1st August 2018, we announced Classic Club Spin #18, challenging you to read book 9 on your CC Spin list by 31st August.

Did you read your book? Did you write about it, or not?

Book The End

What’s Next?

  • In the comments below, tell us what book you read, and what you thought of it?
  • Feel free to add a link to your review, here, on twitter and/or fb.
  • Also add your link to the ‘Reviews by Members’ in the tab at the top of the page.
  • Your new moderators are keen for suggestions about how often and how many spins we should have each year. Did you like the linky in the sign up spin post or not? Please let us know your thoughts below.
  • Take a moment to see what everyone else has been reading.
  • Tick/strikeout/cross off that book from your Classics Club List – congratulations!

As always, the prize is the reading experience. 

We hope you enjoyed it.

Twitter hashtag: #ccspin  #ccwhatimreading

Calendar alert: #ccspin 19 is scheduled for the end of November.

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43 thoughts on “Did You Finish Your Spin?

  1. I finished but two days late! I read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and what a book. 1,069 pages, DONE! While I enjoyed it a lot, it has become quite apparent how strongly adverse some people are to this book. I haven’t gotten to a review yet because this book takes some absorbing. But it should be up within the next week.

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  2. I finished The Call of the Wild by Jack London! It wasn’t a part of any other challenges, but it was definitely an nice, easy read. Minus the graphic descriptions. Thoughts can be found here: https://mounttoberead.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-call-of-wild-by-jack-london.html

    Re: spins, I like the idea of maybe one spin a quarter with two months to finish a book. There are some books on my list that I know I wouldn’t be able to finish in the one month allowance we had this time, and so I intentionally left them off the list.

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    1. Oh, and I meant to add – if possible I’d like longer for the spin. Four weeks is pretty tight to read a chunky classic (fortunately mine this time was short) and review it when we all have commitments in terms of review books, life, and so on. I’d prefer two months…

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  3. Feeling like a slacker. About 200 pages to go with 1984 by George Orwell and definitely not going to finish in time. Probably sometime this weekend, though, so close enough. It’s intense reading this while we in the U.S. are living it in real time.

    Quarterly spins would be my preference, and with a slightly longer read time (maybe 6-8 weeks instead of a month).

    Thanks for organizing — always a fun event! — and thanks to all the new mods keeping the Classics Club alive for us.

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    1. 1984 is a big challenge at any time, Mr Books reread it earlier in the year & he marvelled at how prescient Orwell was as well as how many of his phrases have now moved into our daily lives.

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  4. I am still wandering around in the weeds of The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. I am about 55% finished but not sure what I’ve actually learned. It is about the arcane Papal history and supposedly a murder mystery in a monastery. But, egads, the details… so many details. This one may become a DNF. We’ll see if I can make it through it in the near future or if I abandon it.

    I suggest SPINS 4 times a year with a published schedule: 6 weeks on, 6 weeks off year round.

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    1. Sounds like a tough read for you this spin…which scares me a little, as I have this one on my TBR pile too! One review I once read suggested watching the movie BEFORE reading the book as it actually helped.

      Also found this: “Here’s the background I wish I’d had before I started reading. The Name of the Rose pivots on a doctrine known as evangelical (or apostolic) poverty, which was particularly divisive in the 14th century and which calls for Christians to live without holding any property. The belief stems from Luke 10, in which Jesus sends his 70 disciples on a mission without any supplies: “Go away; lo, I send you forth as lambs in the midst of wolves; carry no bag, no scrip, nor sandals.” Thus a small subset of Catholics began to equate not having any property with being holy. For obvious reasons this idea appealed to the impoverished masses, who had a head start on not owning anything, and the movement picked up steam. In the early 14th century, Pope John XXII made every attempt to block its progression, in fear that it would cast a negative light on the Church and ultimately threaten its wealth and land ownership, and the widespread control they offered. He condemned it as heretical in 1323 but that didn’t stop the Spiritual Franciscans, so named for their devotion to Saint Francis of Assisi, from continuing to live by this contentious doctrine. The Spiritual Franciscans were supported by Louis IV, then king of the Romans and of Italy, and led by Michael of Cesena. In 1327, Pope John would summon Michael to Avignon to answer for his order’s “heretical” behavior, an event that would lead to Michael’s excommunication.

      So where does The Name of the Rose fit in? Eco’s story takes place just before Michael’s arrival in Avignon, somewhere along his journey through Italy, in an abbey tucked into the mountains. Here, the story goes, Michael and his order would stop to meet with some of the pope’s men so that they might resolve their differences peacefully and privately.”
      View story at Medium.com

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts Cathy. I was hoping that my ‘next spin – end of Nov’ comment would be enough help to those who like to plan ahead as well as those like yourself, who like the element of chance & surprise 🙂

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