Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Classics Club Spin-Take 2.

I failed miserably the first time I participated in the Classics Club Spin. But with summer lingering a mere 4 weeks away (seriously, this school year has flown by), I'm going to have a LOT of reading time! I figured I should get back into the reading spirit by going along with the spin!

The rules are simple...I make a list of 20 books off my TBR as candidates for the spin. The Classics Club will "spin" for a number...whatever number is chosen will become the book I read as my spin book! I will have until July 1 to finish the book!

I'm dividing my list into categories to make things a bit more interesting.

Here we go!

4 Books I DON'T want to Read:
1. Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyon
2. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
3. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
4. Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov

4 Books from my TBR Challenge:
5.Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
7. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
8. Remains of the Day by Kazou Ishiguro

4 Chunksters:
9. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (because this would be a good push to finish it)
10. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
11. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
12. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

4 Books I WANT to Read:
13. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
14. The Return of the Native by Thomas hardy
15. Billy Budd by Herman Melville
16. 1984 by George Orwell

4 Books Matt Chose (based on title):
17. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
18. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
19. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
20. Belinda by Maria Edgeworth

There you you have it! Let me know if you are participating, as well as what books you chose for your list!


  1. The Grapes of Wrath is really good. I used to have Fear of Steinbeck but it's wonderful.

    Les Miserables scares me based on the sheer length. Wowza!

    1. The Grapes of Wrath is incredible! One of the few "great American novels" that actually deserve the title, in my opinion.

      I loved Les Miserables - one of my favorites. Don't let the length dissuade you, it's beautiful and it moves along rather quickly. I think I read it in 10 days.

  2. Pilgrim's Progress nearly made it to my "don't want to read" section, but I really *really* don't want to read it hence it's absence!

  3. Great list! I didn't manage to read my Spin #1 book, either.

    Are any of these re-reads for you? I could've sworn you had read some... but if not, then you've got a bunch of great books ahead of you. I loved 1984, much more than I expected to. Melville and Steinbeck are two of my favorites, and of course Twain - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn really is THE Great American novel. :)

  4. LOVED I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings when I read it my freshman year of college (not for class) and I hope you do, too. Les Miserables. It was long and some parts were quite the beating but when I finished it I immediately wanted to start it again. Such a beautiful beautiful story.

  5. You got I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings! I just read it a few months ago and really kinda loved it. I thought it would be so dark, but it was beautiful.

  6. I totally failed on spin #1 too so opted out of spin #2, but good luck!