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Friday, March 11, 2016

Classics Club Spin

Classics Club is once again sponsoring the Classics Spin. What is a spin?
It’s easy. List your choice of any twenty books you want to read from your Classics Club list. This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books in March and April. 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.)  The challenge is to read whatever book falls under the number of the SPIN on your Spin List, by May 2, 2016.---Classics Club
Since I am also attempting to read Women's Classic Literature in 2016 all of my selections will be authored by females for this spin.

Here is my list.

1. Kindred by Octavia Butler
2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
3. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
4. Suite Francais by Irene Nimerovsky
5. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
7. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
8. Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
9. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
10. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
11. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
12. Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery
13. Murder of Roger Ackroyd (or some other book) by Agatha Christie
14. Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMaurier
15. Middlemarch by George Eliott
16. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
17. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskill
18. Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierksa
19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolfe

Join me!? Create your own list of 20 classics you've been meaning to read or use my list. I'd love to have a read-a-long partner. But I warn you. I know they will spin #15 (Middlemarch) since it is the book I am the most nervous about tackling. Ha!

Update. Check out the spin number below the fold...

SPIN #8. I will be reading The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. This book kills three birds with one stone. It is a classic, it is written by a woman, and it is a Pulitzer Prize winner.


  1. So, you haven't read these books? 2,4,6 and 12 are some of my favorite books EVER, although I couldn't get into 19 and didn't finish it. Other people I know loved it, but the beginning was too cerebral for me and I couldn't get past it.

  2. Ok my #8 is Huck Finn by Mark Twain. I have a 1978 publication printed in Czechoslovakia...kinda excited.

  3. I'm going to have to join this Classics Club one of these days. I'm doing the back to the classics challenge, but I'm always curious when I see these "spin" reads.


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