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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 thoughts on “My Classics Club Spin List

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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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