Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The Classics Club Spin!

The Classics Club has announced its fifth official Classics Spin and I am excited, mainly because I have never managed to participate in a spin before, even though I love the idea.
To take part you have to post a list of twenty titles from your Classics Club list and on Monday a number will be announced which will determine the book you should read until April.

Here comes my choice of books and I have included some very scary titles so I will just hope that the lot won't fall upon one of them.

  1. Don Quixote (yes, I'm starting with scary)
  2. Uncle Tom's Cabin
  3. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  4. The Canterbury Tales
  5. Villette
  6. The House of the Seven Gables
  7. Moby Dick (ugh.)
  8. Beloved
  9. Northanger Abbey (please, please, please)
  10. Anna Karenina
  11. I know why the Caged Bird Sings
  12. Gone with the Wind
  13. Mrs Dalloway
  14. The Good Earth
  15. Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  16. Ulysses (the fear is self-explanatory)
  17. Moll Flanders
  18. The Bell Jar
  19. The Crucible
  20. The House of Mirth
The books I'd be most happy about are Northanger Abbey (could you tell?), Gone with the Wind, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and The Bell Jar. Which ones I would not be too ecstatic about was noticeable I think... although they'd certainly make for a challenge. So good luck to me and everyone else participating!


  1. I have Moby Dick on my list too, and I'm also hoping that it's number doesn't come up!
    And I loved Northanger Abbey, I've read 4 Austens and it's my favourite so far.

  2. Don Quixote is alot of fun but very looong! I hope you have lots of time set aside if #1 is chosen! :-D I just finished Mrs. Dalloway and it was pretty good. The House of Mirth is one of my absolute favourites!! Wharton does a superb job with the main character.

    Best of luck and I hope you get one of your favourites!

  3. You have some good stuff! And some really scary stuff. I also have the Crucible on my list. I'm not sure how I feel about that one; I've seen the film but I think I'm already prejudiced against Miller and his it's-all-the-woman's-fault ideas... (see?)

  4. Moby-Dick gets such a bad rap, but it's SO GOOD. The trick is to teach each chapter as a short story, with all of them relating to each other. It makes tackling it MUCH easier. :) It's actually a title I want to reread later this year if I have time.

    You have some other great titles on your list-The House of Mirth is one of my all-time favorites, so I'm going to pull for that one. :)

  5. Don Quixote is probably my most hated book ever. It's not hard... it's just... ugh. The characters just kept driving me nuts with how dumb they were and I just had a hard time forcing myself to work my way through it.

    Good luck, lady!

  6. Moby-Dick isn't too bad until you get to the 9000 (it feels like) pages describing the molars of all of the particular whales. UGGGGGGH. LOL!

  7. Agree with Allie and Bear Allen re. Moby Dick - I enjoyed it but it's quite... long at times, shall we say? :)

    And I'm also with Bear Allen re. Don Quixote. BUT - it's good to have read, so I do recommend it solely for that. Adam of Roof Beam Reader would disagree with me I think (I'm pretty sure he liked DQ).

    House of Mirth! A brilliant brilliant book! And Mrs Dalloway!! I hope you get that so we can compare notes. :)