Classics Club Spin 19

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Thanks to the Classics Club blog I (along with many others) have until Tuesday 27th November to create a post listing twenty books of my choosing that remain ‘to be read’ on my Classics Club list. I have to read just one of these twenty books on this ‘spin list’ by the end of the spin period.

They invite me to try to challenge myself by, for example, listing five Classics Club books I’ve been putting off, five I can’t wait to read, five I’m neutral about, and five free choice (favourite author, re-reads, ancients, non-fiction, books in translation — whatever I choose). In the absence of any alternatives of my own to offer I aim to follow this schema as much as possible.

On Tuesday 27th November, a number between 1 and 20 will be posted. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on my spin list by 31st January, 2019.

But wait! There’s a twist (apt enough for a Spin):

This is an extra special, super-dooper CHUNKSTER edition of the Classics Club Spin. We challenge you to fill this spin list with 20 of those HUGE books you’ve been putting off reading because you didn’t have enough time. With this spin we are giving you the time – nearly 10 weeks in fact – to tackle one of those imposing tomes on your classics shelf.

Erm … I’m running out of those CLUNKING HUGE books on my list, so I’ll just have to fill in with teenier ones (eg 10, 15 and 20), to which I may add a related title or two to make up the bulk.

Titles long put off

1. Charlotte Bronte: Shirley
2. Thomas Carlyle: Sartor Resartus
3. Petronius Arbiter: The Satyricon
4. Hermann Hesse: Steppenwolf
5. Charles Kingsley: Hypatia
Interesting, lots of titles beginning with ‘s’ here.

Can’t wait to read these

6. Mervyn Peake: Gormenghast
7. George Eliot: Middlemarch
8. Horace Walpole: The Castle of Otranto
9. Apollonius: Jason and the Golden Fleece
10. ‘BB’ [D J Watkins-Pitchford]: The Little Grey Men
And here I see lots of fictional place-names.

Neutral choices

11. George du Maurier: Trilby
12. Charles Dickens: Pictures from Italy
13. Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist
14. Charles Kingsley: Westward Ho!
15. M R James: Collected Short Stories
All male authors here, I see…

Free choice

16. Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre
17. Rudyard Kipling: Kim
18. Hermann Hesse: The Glass Bead Game
19. Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca
20. Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Return of Tarzan
And this list is mostly concerned with people…

I seem to have been galumphing through the classics on my list this year but there’s still heaps more to go if I’m to get through them before the end of 2020—only two whole years to go!

Titles still waiting patiently

J M Barrie: Peter Pan
William Beckford: Vathek
Frances Hodgson Burnett: A Little Princess
Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden
Edmund Crispin: The Case of the Gilded Fly
D H Lawrence: The Princess and other stories
Niccolò Machiavelli: The Prince
John Milton: Comus
L M Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables
E Nesbit: The Power of Darkness
E Nesbit: The New Treasure Seekers
Mervyn Peake: Titus Alone
John Polidori: The Vampyre
Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

How about you? Are you joining in this Spin? Even if not, do any of these titles catch your eye because you’ve enjoyed or hated them?

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16 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin 19

    1. I may possibly have more to say than you about The Glass Bead Game but I doubt it would be more pertinent or do more than waffle around the subject; but thanks anyway, Jean!

      Rebecca would be good to get, but I’ll take whatever comes up. If I don’t get the Brontë this time round I still think I’m ready enough to tackle it; as for the other Hesse, the odd dip into it so far has intrigued but I definitely need some motivation to get stuck in, and a Spin would definitely provide that.


  1. Lots of interesting titles there, including a few I’ve never even thought about reading and will have to investigate. Of the books I’ve read, Rebecca and Jane Eyre are my favourites, although I also enjoyed Gormenghast and Middlemarch. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Helen, I’m ashamed to admit I’ve yet to get acquainted with Rebecca and Jane (in print, at least) but at least I’m now committed to doing so by placing them on a list (like an Austen heroine at an Assembly Rooms dance)! Do let me know how your investigations go into those other titles.


  2. Thank you for pointing me toward the classics club blog. It sounds just like my cup of tea! I only remember reading one Hermann Hesse book, Siddhartha (about the life of the Buddha), which was very slim, and I remember enjoying it, though I read it in German and understood only about half of it. 😊

    Good luck with working on your very ambitious but laudable list!

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    1. Ah, Siddhartha, I read that in translation about, oooo, thirty years ago, and quite enjoyed it but never reviewed it. But I have other Hesse novels waiting…

      Now I’m looking forward to seeing what you have on your list, Andrea! Glad you found this an attractive goal to go for. 🙂

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