Monday, March 6, 2017

The Classics Club:The Classics Spin #15

What is the spin?

It’s easy. At your blog, before next Friday, March 10th, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books in March & April. (Details follow.) 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, re-reads, ancients — whatever you choose.)

On Friday, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by May 1, 2017. We’ll check in here in May to see who made it the whole way and finished their spin book!

Here is my spin list:
1.    Austen, Jane: Persuasion (1818)
2.    Dostoevesky, Fyodor: The Idiot (1868–69)
3.    Du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca (1938)
4.    Dumas, Alexandre: The Black Tulip (1850)
5.    Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (1921)
6.    Goncharov, Ivan: Oblomov (1859)
7.    Hemingway, Ernest: For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
8.    Montgomery, L.M.: Anne of Green Gables (1908 -39)
         a.    Anne of Green Gables (1908)
         b.    Anne of Avonlea (1909)  
         c.    Anne of the Island (1915)
         d.    Anne of Windy Willows  (1936)
         e.    Anne's House of Dreams (1917)
         f.    Anne of Ingleside (1939
9.    Pushkin, Alexander: Tales of Belkin (1831)
         a.    The Shot, (Выстрел)
         b.    The Blizzard (Метель);
         c.    The Undertaker (Гробовщик);
         d.    Stationmaster (Станционный смотритель);
         e.    The Squire's Daughter (Барышня-крестьянка)
10.    Pushkin, Alexander: The Captain's Daughter (1836)
11.    Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
12.    Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina (1873-77)
13.    Turgenev, Ivan: Home of the Gentry (1859)
14.    Zola, Emile: L'Assommoir 1877
15.    Goncharov, Ivan: The Precipice (1869)
16.    Eliot, George: Middlemarch (1871-72)
17.    Hardy, Thomas: Far From the Madding Crowd (1874)
18.    Rhys, Jean: Wide Sargasso Sea (1939)
19.    Turgenev, Ivan: Rudin (1856)
20.    Dostoevesky, Fyodor: The Brothers Karamazov (1879-80)


  1. a lot of nice Russian classics here! and I LOVED your #3

  2. I see we have a few books and authors in common. I almost put The Black Tulip on my list, but it will have to wait until next time. Have fun reading!

  3. You have a few books on here from my Classics club list #2 which is in waiting for when I finish #1. I suspect I wont be reading 50+ plus books in 5mnths, so I will have to ask for an extension :-D

    I tried to read The Brothers Karamazov for an earlier spin but it defated me in the end (I lost it during a move which felt rather serendipitous!)

  4. Interesting list. The Idiot should be on my list. I have read Crime and Punishment and loved it. Love also Thomas Hardy and Jean Rhys. Good choices!

  5. I've just finished a re-read of Rebecca and fallen in love with it all over again, so I kinda hope you get it. Good luck - hope you enjoy whichever one comes up!

  6. An ambitious list! I've not read Anna Karenina, but I've heard very good things about it. Enjoy!