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Monday, September 19, 2022

Classics Club Spin #31 with update

It's time for another Classics Club Spin event. What is the spin?

It’s easy. At your blog, before next Sunday 18th September, 2022, create a post that lists twenty books of your choice that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

This is your Spin List.

You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the spin period.

Try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you have been putting off, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, re-reads, ancients, non-fiction, books in translation — whatever you choose.)

On Sunday 18th, September, Classics Club will post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by the 30th October, 2022.

Check back on Sunday the 30th October, 2022 to see who made it the whole way and finished their spin book!

What’s Next?

  • Go to your blog.
  • Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List.
  • Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog before Sunday, 18th September.
  • Look for the announcement of the number from 1-20. 
  • Read that book by 30th October, 2022.

This is meant to be a fun, social way to read another book from your classics club list. If you don't a list. Just wirte down titles of 20 classics books you'd like to read and put numbers next to them.

Sometime this week, at your blog, you might post something like:

My Book Spin List for the Classics Club –

  1. 1.      One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Kesey

    2.      Something by Faulkner

    3.      Something by Anne Bronte

    4.      Something by Rushdie

    5.      Something by George Elliot

    6.      Something by Shakespeare

    7.      Something by Virginia Woolf

    8.      Something by Calvino

    9.      Something by Elizabeth Gaskill

    10.   Something by Pym

    11.   Something by Hardy

    12.   Something by Bellow

    13.   Frankenstein by Shelley

    14.   Something by Christie

    15.   Something by Bradbury

    16.   Something by Dickens

    17.   Something by Wodehouse

    18.   Something by Hawthorne

    19.   Picnic at Hanging Rock

    20.   The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a short one. I like to keep my options open by picking "something by" so I can select something that is available from the library.

And the winning number is...

wait for it...


I, at long last, will be reading something by William Faulkner. Now I need some advice. Which of his books do you recommend? I am leaning toward While I Lay Dying but I have also heard goodish things about Absalom! Absalom! Maybe I'll make my decision based solely on what it available at the library and the length of each. Here goes.  

(Leave comments below if you have a recommendation. Thanks!)


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