Classics Club

Classics Club Spin #7

classicsclub3The Classics Club is giving all participants another nudge to read some of the books we have on our lists. I’m still making my way through the book I got through the last spin (Canterbury Tales) but since the challenge for spin number 7 doesn’t have to be completed until October, I figure I have plenty of time to complete the task.

The rules are:

  • by next Monday, August 11, list any twenty books left to read from our Classics Club list. They could be 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, rereads, ancients — whatever you choose.)
  • The Classics Club hosts will announce a number from 1 through 20.
  • The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on our Spin List, by October 1.

I’m not playing exactly by the rules since I don’t see the point of having any books on my list that I am dreading – that would be like being forced to swallow medicine rather than chocolate.  ISince my list is in order of publication date, I simply took the first five, the last five and ten from the middle.

Admittedly, there are some here that I might not be thrilled at the prospect of reading but I wouldn’t dread them if they came up. I don’t really understand the point of listing a book  that you’re dreading reading – the Classics Club is meant to be fun, not the equivalent of taking medicine.

Here’s my list:

  1. Candide – Voltaire 1759
  2. Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith 1766
  3. Evelina – Frances Burney 1778
  4. Mansfield Park  – Jane Austen 1814
  5. Old Gariot – Honore Balzac 1835
  6. Washington Square/Daisy Miller – Henry James 1880
  7. The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner 1883
  8. The Diary of a Nobody – George Grossmith 1888
  9. The Invisible Man – H G Wells 1897
  10. The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers 1903
  11. Nostromo – Joseph Conrad 1904
  12. The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf 1915
  13. Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton 1920
  14. Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf 1925
  15. The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf 1927
  16. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  17. Silent Spring – Rachel Carson 1962
  18. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov 1967
  19. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1985
  20. Half a Yellow Sun- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2006


What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

5 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #7

  • Wahoo! we got 17!

    I’ve been wanting to read the Silent Spring for ages and I’m also glad to have a smaller book for this spin after my last few chunksters.

    • i hadn’t even seen the results of the spin Brona so thanks for letting me know. Its going to make one of my work colleagues very happy since he has been pushing me for several years to read this book.

  • As I would love to know what you make of ‘Half a Yellow Sun’ I am going to wish for number 20.

  • We share #17 this spin. It’s one of been wanting to read for quite some time, so I wont be at all upset if we get it 🙂

    Good luck on Monday.

    • I just need the impetus to actually take it off the shelf and read it Brona.


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