Classics Club Spin #19

**UPDATED 11/24/2018

It’s that time again! Time for The Classics Club Spin #19.  I was on pins and needles the last Spin, hoping the number picked would be a book I was anxious to read. As I’m typing this post the nerves are settling in. 🙀

How does the Spin work? It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Really. Choose 20 books from your Classics Club list that you have yet to read and post the list to your blog before Tuesday, November 27th. And on Tuesday the randomly chosen Spin Number magically appears in your inbox.

Now all you have to do is read the book that corresponds to the number and review it by January 31st, 2019. Seriously,  can it get any easier?

Title Last First
Things Fall Apart Achebe Chinua
The House of the Spirits Allende Isabel
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Angelou Maya
The Decameron Boccaccio Giovanni
Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury Ray
Jane Eyre Bronte Charlotte
The Pilgrim’s Progress Bunyan John
The Plague Camus Albert
The Alchemist Coelho Paulo
The Moonstone Collins Wilkie
The Three Musketeers Dumas Alexandre
The Invisible Man Ellison Ralph
One Hundred Years of Solitude Garcia-Marquez Gabriel
Jude the Obscure Hardy Thomas
The Outsiders Hinton S. E.
The Woman Warrior Hong Kingston Maxine
To Kill a Mockingbird Lee Harper
**C. S. Lewis Collection Lewis C. S.
Anna Karenina Tolstoy Leo
Arabian Nights

**UPDATEAfter I posted this, I did some thinking about reading the C. S. Lewis Signature Collection. It is doable to read all 7 books by January 31st, but I’m afraid I may end up with C. S. Lewis burnout. Having said that, I’ve decided to read a minimum of two: The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce .

Which book would you like to see me read for The Classics Club Spin?

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18 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #19

  1. J.E. Fountain November 24, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    Great list Erica. I’m going to risk seeming the know-it-all, because I made this mistake myself once, and I would want to know. Ralph Ellison’s novel is Invisible Man (without “The” in front). THE Invisible Man is a sci-fi-fi thriller by H. G. Wells.

    Invisible Man is an important work and a masterpiece. Enjoy!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz November 22, 2018 / 7:43 am

    I’d like to see you read Arabian Nights. It’s on my list, too. It would help me if I could read it with someone else!

    Good luck!

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Broken Spine November 22, 2018 / 8:07 am

      Definitely. Even if it’s not chosen we should make a plan to buddy read it next year.


  3. Jean @ Howling Frog November 21, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    Ooo, lots of good stuff here. I’ve never yet dared read Jude the Obscure, so I vote for that one as Scariest Title.

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Broken Spine November 21, 2018 / 5:57 pm

      I read Jude 20+ years ago in college and remember it being okay, but now I want to read it for pleasure.


  4. Laila@BigReadingLife November 21, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    Thanks for posting about this – I missed the announcement on Monday. 🙂 Time to compose my list! The Angelou is wonderful, BTW.

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Broken Spine November 21, 2018 / 5:56 pm

      You’re welcome! Look forward to seeing your list. I have put of reading it for years. And now I’m starting too feel bad about not having read it.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Reese November 21, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    Great list. I say that because I’ve got the Decameron and the Arabian Nights on mine, too! 🙂

    But Invisible Man and Moonstone are great (and chunky) too.


  6. BookerTalk November 21, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    The Maya Angelou is very moving. Jane Eyre is just superb. Pilgrim’s Progress was a slog for me though

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Broken Spine November 21, 2018 / 9:26 am

      I thought about that after uploading the post. The Signature Collection is 7 books and almost 1000 pages. If I start in December it’s a book a week and if I start in January it’s 2 a week. Doable. But I’m now concerned about C. S. Lewis burnout; which if that happens I won’t finish. So, I’m going to have to rethink it.

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      • Jean @ Howling Frog November 21, 2018 / 3:48 pm

        I was just looking at that and thinking about it. I’m a big Lewis fan, but that’s a LOT at once.


  7. Risa November 21, 2018 / 8:24 am

    Interesting choices, Erica! I’ve read five in the original out of your list, and two in my childhood as abridged versions. I’ve kept away from a few on your list too!

    I too have C.S. Lewis in my spin list, but I’ve split up the collection into its individual parts. I don’t think I could finish his collection at all with the time limit given!!

    Looking forward to seeing what you get.:D


    • The Broken Spine November 21, 2018 / 9:21 am

      After I posted my spin list, I started thinking about the Lewis Signature Collection and wondering if I would finish. It’s 7 books and almost 1000 pages. In theory it’s doable. A book a week, if I start in December and two with a January start. Still doable, but now I’m worried about C. S. Lewis burnout. Might have to rethink this.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Risa November 21, 2018 / 10:14 am

        That’s exactly the one I have!

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Fanda November 21, 2018 / 1:33 am

    Hi Erica, I also have Things Fall Apart and Pilgrim’s Progress on my spin list. And to be honest, I secretly wish PP will not get picked! 😛

    I wish you’ll get To Kill a Mockingbird or Three Musketeers. Both are fun, and in my favorite list.

    Good luck, and have fun! 🙂


    • Risa November 21, 2018 / 8:21 am

      Oh but a Pilgrim’s Progress is lovely! Not in terms of its literariness, but in terms of its heart and soul. I loved it!:)

      Liked by 1 person

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