Classic Club Spin (Number 9)

It’s Classic Club spin time again, something I really enjoy as it keeps me motivated to read from my Classic Club list but also means I can’t necessarily avoid reading some of those books that are on there because I feel I should read them, not because I actually want to (like Bleak House, which I dread).

The idea of the spin is you pick 20 books from your main list (mine is here) and a number is picked on Monday 6th April. You read that numbered book on your list by 15th May. Last time, I got The Moonstone, which I loved. Let’s hope I’m as lucky this time. Here is my list…

1. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

2. Under Milk Wood – Dylan Thomas

3. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

4. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

5. On the Road – Jack Kerouac

6. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote

7. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway

8. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan

9. Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett

10. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

11. War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells

12. Jane EyreΒ – Charlotte Bronte

13. Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

14. Bleak House – Charles Dickens

15. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

16. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

17. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

18. The Golden Notebook – Dorothy Lessing

19. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandlor

20. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

I’ll be back Monday to let you know what I get. Any I should be keeping my fingers crossed for?


  1. I love The Secret Garden. It was one of my favorite books as I child and I reread it last year and was surprised to see how much I enjoyed it as an adult. To Kill a Mockingbird is a good read as well and I’d love to see your take on it. Good luck with the spin!

    1. I don’t know how I never read The Secret Garden as a child. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those I always thought I’d get to. Would be happy with either. Emma

  2. What a fun list! I really feel like a Jane Eyre re-read so that one would get my vote. I’d be interested in your thoughts on On The Road ~~ it nearly put me in a coma. The Moonstone is on my spin list and I’d be really happy to get it. I hope you have a great spin!

  3. You have some great titles on your list…including Bleak House. It’s a chunkster, but not hard at all. In my opinion one of the easier more enjoyable Dickens.

    Good luck on Monday πŸ™‚

    1. Bleak House is my favorite Dickens! I have more to read, of course, but that’s my opinion thus far. πŸ™‚

      1. I have tried and failed with Bleak House before. I feel like I just need to get a grip of Dickens and this might be the one to do it.

    2. Thanks. I am not scared of any of my list this time round, even Dickens although I’ve struggled with him in the past.

  4. You have a rather fantastic list here! Nabokov, Dickens, Lee, Hemingway, Bronte… you’ll end up with a great read no matter what number is chosen. The Secret Garden is also on my list. I’d be very happy with that one.

    1. Thanks. I don’t know how I never read The Secret Garden as a child.

      1. I feel the same way! I saw the movie as a child back when I didn’t even know it was a book.

  5. You have lots of lovely possibilities there, but if I have to pick one for you it would have to be The Secret Garden. Or if you said you wanted a bigger, more grown-up book I’d go with Bleak House. Good luck with the spin!

    1. I think The Secret Garden is the top pick. I hope it’s that now! Emma

  6. The War of the Worlds is great! I don’t think H G Wells is a great author and I haven’t enjoyed any of his other stuff, but this one is really enjoyable!

    1. I have read The Time Machine but it was a long time ago. I do worry with books like this if I’ll be influenced by knowing the story, having seen the movie etc. Still felt it was one I should read though. Emma

  7. If 18 is the number tomorrow, I wish you much luck! I struggled with TGN!! Hope it will go better for you whenever you read it! πŸ˜ƒ Good luck to us all!!

    1. It is one of those that I think could go either way for me. It covers so many things I find interesting including politics and feminism as I understand it but it also sounds complicated. Will see I guess!

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