Classics Club Spin 26

The Classics Club Spin is back for the 26th time. Despite my near-constant failure with this challenge (I think I’ve “won” once or twice?), I’m going to try again. I’ve been on a reading hot streak and have been gravitating back towards literary works, lately, so maybe now is the time. Or maybe not.

I’ve linked to the Spin page here, but simply put, I list here 20 books from my Classics Club list (see the full list below) that I’m willing to read depending on where the “Spin” randomizer falls. The magic number will be revealed this Sunday, April 18th. I’ll then know which book I’m supposed to read by May 31st. Okay? Okay!

My Spin List

  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
  • Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller
  • Dead Souls by Nikolay Gogol
  • Pierre; or the Ambiguities by Herman Melville
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  • Letters from the Earth by Mark Twain
  • Doveglion: Collected Poems (c. 1942-1958) by José García Villa
  • The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
  • The Hanging on Union Square (1935) by H.T. Tsiang
  • Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  • The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton
  • Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

I am hoping for one particular number/book to “spin” my way this time, but we shall see. Wish me luck!

My Complete Classics Club List

Pre-1700 (4)

  • Metamorphoses by Ovid
  • Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton
  • The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish

1700s (7)

  • The History of Emily Montague by Frances Brooke
  • Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  • The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (Completed 9/11/15)
  • The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (re-read)
  • Camilla by Fanny Burney

1800s (10)

  • Pierre; or The Ambiguities by Herman Melville
  • The Adventures of a Schoolboy by Edward Sellon (Completed 10/05/15)
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot (In Progress/Stalled)
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Completed 02/02/2017)
  • Corinne by Madame de Stael
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Dead Souls by Nikolay Gogol
  • Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Completed 05/05/2018) 

1900s (27)

  • Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  • The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Completed 03/24/16)
  • The Bitterweed Path by Thomas Hal Phillips (Completed 01/11/16)
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Completed 06/26/2020)
  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Completed 02/19/16)
  • Letters from the Earth by Mark Twain
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (Completed 05/10/17)
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
  • The Hanging on Union Square (1935) by H.T. Tsiang
  • Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (Completed 01/07/16)
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Completed 07/15/17)
  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (Completed 01/06/16)
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion (Completed 09/05/15)
  • Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (Completed 01/18/20)
  • Doveglion: Collected Poems (c. 1942-1958) by José García Villa
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald (Completed 04/23/16)
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Completed 11/22/2020)
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (Completed 3/30/18)
  • The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
  • Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller
  • The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

2000s (2)

  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  • At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill

Progress: 17 of 50 Completed (34% done)

16 Comments on “Classics Club Spin 26

  1. Good luck! This is the one!

    I always like it when somebody gets something I know nothing about, so I’m rooting for the Tsiang or the Garcia Villa.

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    • I have one in mind that I’m really hoping for, but I stay quiet so as not to tempt the wheel masters! I do want to read both the Tsiang and Garcia Villa soon, though. I teach Southeast Asian Literature, so I try to read new (to me) materials in that field every year.

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  2. Looks like you and I are tied on completing the spin books. lol I’ve only succeeded twice. Years ago with Wide Sargasso Sea and with the last spin, John Gardner’s On Becoming a Novelist. I’m excited to see what we get! Good luck!
    You have a very diverse list. I saw Dead Souls by Nikolay Gogol on there. I recently bought that one on Kindle. There’s a series on Amazon with Gogol as the main character. Foreign and really good. Of course, it has a supernatural slant. The actor who portrays him is dreamy. The show is titled, appropriately, “Gogol.” 🙂
    I’m currently reading The Count of Monte Cristo and really enjoying it.

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    • Ooh a dreamy Gogol! I loved Wide Sargasso Sea. I had been looking forward to Count of Monte Cristo but was so underwhelmed by Three Musketeers.

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  3. I can’t wait until tomorrow to find out what the spin number will be, many books here I have read and loved, but many will be discoveries 🙂

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  4. My spin attempts are hit or miss too. Although I’ve read more than I’ve posted about, so I suppose that’s a win in a way. But sometimes it’s nice to have someone else pick my next read! North and South is a favorite and I enjoyed The Valley of Fear. I’m not familiar with too many of the others, although I see some I want to read. Even if you don’t get your first choice, I hope it’s something you enjoy!

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    • I realized in reviewing my list yesterday that I, too, completed some I never wrote about. Oops! And my 5 years is up this year… might have to extend or start over.

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  5. I’ve read several of these authors, but none of these works. Hope you “win” this time 🙂 Cheers

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  6. I always get a little misty-eyed at Rubyfruit Jungle. Such a classic in Lesbian literature and an important one for me. You’ve got lots of terrific titles there, I wish you well in this attempt!

    I’m pretty good with my Spin success. I usually finish…even if it’s two months later🤭😁

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