Classics Club Spin #17


Several times a year, the Classics Club (CC) Spin gives me a boost to get on with reading from my CC List. The last two times I have needed that boost, and even though I am glad to say I don’t need it now, these Spins are fun. I enjoy seeing what is on the lists of other Classic Clubbers and the experience helps me to feel part of the community.

The rules are simple: I go to my CC List and choose 20 books I haven’t read, list them 1-20 and wait until Friday, March 9th when the Spin Goddess chooses a number. Voila! The corresponding number on my list is the book I will read and blog about by April 30th.

If you want to read more classics and think a community of bloggers doing that very thing will spur you on, join the Club first and you can participate in the Spin.

My list:

Jane Austen
1. Sense and Sensibility (1811)
2. Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Anne Bronte
3. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)

Charlotte Bronte
4. Shirley (1849)

Emily Bronte
5. Wuthering Heights (1847)

Fanny Burney
6. Evelina (1778)

Willa Cather
7. O Pioneers! (1913)
8. My Antonia (1918)

Daniel Defoe
9. Robinson Crusoe (1719)
10. A Journal of the Plague Year (1722)

Theodore Dreiser
11. Sister Carrie (1900)

George Eliot
12. Mill on the Floss (1860)
13. Silas Marner (1861)
14. Daniel Deronda (1876)

Elizabeth Gaskell
15. Mary Barton (1848)
16. Cranford (1851)
17. North and South (1854)
18. Wives and Daughters (1864)

Henry James
19. Portrait of a Lady (1881)
20. The Ambassadors (1903)

Some Clubbers do a theme with their Spins, for example, “books I am afraid to read,” “books by women,” but I decided to choose the first 20 on my list minus the ones I’ve already read or don’t have in my physical possession. Check out #ccspin on Twitter to find Spin lists by CC members.

I will be back on the 9th with an update. Psst, Spin Goddess, the Brontes or Gaskell, please 🙂

ETA: The Spin Goddess has chosen #3 and I got my Bronte! I will be reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. 🙂

21 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #17

  1. What a great list! Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall are my favourites, but I also loved the two Austen novels, Wives and Daughters and The Mill on the Floss. Good luck. 🙂

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  2. I love Willa Cather so if I hadn’t already read them both I’d be wishing for one of those. You really can’t wrong with a Bronte though and you have given yourself a fair chance of getting a Gaskell. Hope you enjoy whatever the spin fates give you.

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  3. I was going to hope for Austen for you, but since you want the Brontes or Gaskell, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for those instead! To be honest, I like the look of almost all your list, with the possible exception of Defoe – his style didn’t work for me, though I admit it’s decades since I last gave him a chance. Whatever you get, I hope it’s a good one for you! 🙂

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    • You will be happy to know I am reading all the Austen titles I have yet to read this year. In fact, I am reading Pride and Prejudice next month. (Now that will be an embarrassing blog post!)

      I read Defoe’s Roxana a few months ago and really enjoyed it, but I think it is different, lighter?, than say, A Journal of the Plague Year.

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      • I wouldn’t say DQ is actually that scary (not like Finnegans Wake or As I Lay Dying) but it’s definitely not my favorite kind of novel. There are parts that make me laugh or think but overall it feels like a mess that needs a good editor. But there weren’t any back then, so this is what we have: the first modern novel, sans editing.

        I think of James as being almost the polar opposite… no mess, all form. That scares me somewhat but I should really give him a try.


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