My Classics Club Spin List

classicsclubBetter late than never!  I decided at the last minute to sign up for the Classics Club Spin #5.  I already have too much on my reading list but I always want to push myself to read more classics.  What’s the Spin?   I choose 20 classics from my Classics Club Challenge list, in any order, and this Monday the Classics Club will choose a number.  I agree to read that book sometime in February or March.

  1. East of Eden — John Steinbeck
  2. Far From the Madding Crowd — Thomas Hardy
  3. Jane Eyre — Charlotte Bronte
  4. Kim — Rudyard Kipling
  5. Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
  6. Light in August — William Faulkner
  7. Mrs. Dalloway — Virginia Woolf
  8. Number the Stars — Lois Lowry
  9. Of Human Bondage — Somerset Maugham
  10. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
  11. Tender is the Night — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  12. The Awakening — Kate Chopin
  13. The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  14. The End of the Affair — Graham Greene
  15. The Good Earth — Pearl S. Buck
  16. The Haunting of Hill House — Shirley Jackson
  17. The House of Mirth — Edith Wharton
  18. The House of Spirits — Isabel Allende
  19. The Portrait of a Lady — Henry James
  20. The Trumpeter of Krakow — Eric Kelly

I’m hoping to get a book that works for some of my other challenges as well, and since I’m also in grad school I wouldn’t mind something on the lighter side.  I’m most intimidated by William Faulkner, Somerset Maugham, and Rudyard Kipling.  I read Jane Eyre years ago and don’t have fond memories, but I’ve always felt it’s a book I need to reread.

We’ll see what I get!  What do you recommend?

  4 comments for “My Classics Club Spin List

  1. February 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I have both The House of Mirth and The Haunting of Hill House on my list for the spin and I’d be much more keen on the latter than the former, I think. I have To The Lighthouse on my list so could have Virginia Woolf in common too.

    I’ve just finished reading Villette because I was craving some Charlotte Bronte and it was brilliant so I was going to recommend Jane Eyre – if you get it, I hope you like it better as a re-read!

  2. February 9, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I’m surprised at how many people have The House of Mirth and Mrs. Dalloway on their spin lists! The House of Mirth is one of my top favourites. Just excellent! I have East of Eden on my list too and would be happy to get it. Oh, Catcher in the Rye **** makes strangling noises ****. Well, if you get it, I hope you enjoy it!

    Best of luck on your spin! 🙂

  3. February 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I also have The House of Mirth on my list 🙂 I read East of Eden last year and really enjoyed it. It’s long, but not a difficult read. I actually loved The Catcher in the Rye! I thought it was funny and that one’s quite short. I also enjoyed The End of the Affair (book and movie). Good luck!

  4. Marcia Dunker
    February 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Kim is one of my classic favorites. Both for the written word and for what it says about race and religion in 1800’s India. Enjoy!

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