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December 10, 2022


#Classic Club Spin # 32

by NancyElin

Claude Monet

What is the spin?

  1. Compile list of 20 books by December 11 2022.
  2. Try to challenge yourself!
  3. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number
  4. on your Spin List by the 29th January, 2023.
  5. Hashtag: #ccspin
  6. I have chosen  the first 20 books from  my Classic club List (50 books)


My List:

  1. 1970: 84, Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff 
  2. 1970: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown
  3. 1927: Death Comes for the Archbishop – W. Cather 
  4. 1963: The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath 
  5. 1963: Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut 
  6. 1969: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou   –> READING !!
  7. 1819: Ivanhoe – Walter Scott 
  8. 1895: Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy 
  9. 1905: The Jungle – Upton Sinclair 
  10. 1854: North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell 
  11. 1958: The Once and Future King – T.H. White 
  12. 1924: A Passage to India – E.M. Forster 
  13. 1961: Revolutionary Road – R. Yates 
  14. 1942: The Stranger – Albert Camus 
  15. 1887: A Study in Scarlet – Arthur Conan Doyle
  16. 1958: Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe 
  17. 1962: We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson 
  18. 1859: The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins 
  19. 1943: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith 
  20. 1927: To the Lighthouse  – V. Woolf 


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  1. Dec 10 2022

    Great list Nancy. Wounded Knee was one of the first books about telling the real story about what happened to First Nations peoples that I read in my twenties. It made me question what out own First Nations people had also gone through.

    84 Charing Cross Road is just delightful and I loved The Woman in White (there’s a great old movie starring Sydney Greenstreet and Agnes Moorehead by the by). North and South also has a wonderful BBC series to enjoy once you read the book. A Passage to India felt important when I read it but I wonder if it has dated?

    • Dec 10 2022

      So many comments about my list…thanks so much. I cherrypicked lists including Modern Library’s Best 100 novel of 20th C and Pulitzer Prize winners for Fiction. Modern List = I’ll post it as a page and I see I’ve read 55 books already. There are multiple selections by Henry James that I do not think fair. There are other great writers to highlight. I am not a fan of HJ and will replace his books with some other author. How in heavens name The Ginger Man by Irish author J. Donleavy ever made the list is beyond me. It was smutty “gutter” fiction ….just an awful read. I suppose he was just out to shock readers! QUESTION: My new Classics Club Reading List…it there a place on the CC website where I can put my blog post ?

  2. Dec 10 2022

    I’m doing my first one after a couple of spins away as well. Glad to see you decided to!

    I also thought The Woman in White is awfully good, and Death Comes for the Archbishop is a favorite of mine. Hope you get something good!

    • Dec 10 2022

      I haven’t read Willa Cather since high-school, “My Antonia”.
      Moonstone by Wilkie Collins was very entertaining…kept me guessing “who dunnit”. Looking forward to reading both authors again.

  3. tracybham
    Dec 10 2022

    Things Fall Apart and We Have Always Lived in the Castle are on my spin list also. All of your books are good. I loved The Woman in White and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn although I did not find them easy reads.

    • Dec 10 2022

      Feels strange getting back to the classics…after a few years reading a lot of books about politics, racism in USA and other NF books.

  4. Dec 11 2022

    I just finished 84, Charing Cross Road and loved it! Hope you’re able to read it soon!

    • Dec 11 2022

      Looking forward to that book! I’m not a fan of
      Ms that will be a chore with “To the Lighthouse”.
      Thanks for your comment.


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