Saturday, November 24, 2018

Classics Club Spin #19

Classics Club Spin #19

It is time for another Classics Club Spin – List 20 books from your CC TBR, then on or after November 27, the mods will pick a number at random, and you have until January 31 to read the corresponding book. Full instructions HERE.

We are given extra time for this spin (usually one month), and are therefore encouraged to put some of those dreaded heavy tomes on the list. I have a few that are rather longish, most are middling, and a few rather short ones. I’m hoping for #1 or #16.

My 20 Classics for the Spin:

1.   The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan Poe
2.   In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
3.   The Tale of the Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
4.   Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
5.   Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais
6.   The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
7.   Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
8.   The Adventures of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
9.   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
10. Germinal by Emile Zola
11. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
12. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
13. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
14. Water Margin by Shi Naian
15. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
16. Lost Horizon by James Hilton
17. Journey to the End of Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
18. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery
19. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
20. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett



  1. My favorites from your list are 18, 9, 2, 13, 6, and 12. I hope we draw one of those numbers and that you enjoy one of these as much as I did.

    1. didn't get any of those, but I have In Cold Blood coming up soon regardless

  2. I naturally wish you get no. 10, it's my all time favorite. Plus I really excited how you'd think about Zola (I assume this is your first Zola?). No. 11 is also my favorite. And I have been curious about your no. 20.
    Anyway, good luck with the spin, and have fun, Joseph!

    1. I'll get to Zola one of these days, even though it wasn't chosen for the spin.

  3. Interesting choices. We share "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". I almost put "The Tale of Genji" on my list, but my copy is 1,000+ pages... and I'm just not up for that right now. Good luck with the pick and have fun!

  4. I agree with Fanda....# 10 Germinal will sweep you off your feet!
    In Cold Blood is a reading experience!

    1. That's In Cold Blood and Germinal both getting recs...I'll get to both soon.

  5. I loved Lost Horizon and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, so I would like you to get one of those. Germinal is on my list too, but at a different number. Good luck!


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