Classic Club Spin…it’s been a while

One of my new years resolutions was to get back onto my Classic Club challenge, which I neglected miserably last year.  As we’re already in March I have only started one book from the list (which still isn’t finished), I thought it might be time to join in with the classic club spin again and give my reading the kick up the … it needs.

For the spin, you pick 20 books from your list and then, tomorrow, a number is announced and you read that book.  Easy, as long as I don’t get a book I’m dreading!  Here’s my list…


  1. 1984 – George Orwell
  2. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  3. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  4. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  5. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  6. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  7. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  8. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  9. Lacuna – Barbara Kingslover
  10. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  11. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  12. Possession – A S Byatt
  13. Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
  14. Sons and Lovers – D H Lawrence
  15. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Path
  16. Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
  17. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  18. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
  19. War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells
  20. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey

I have to admit a few of these are re-reads I’m quite looking forward to revisiting (like Oscar and Lucinda which I haven’t read in over 20 years) and some are by authors I know and trust but just haven’t gotten round to reading (like Barbara Kingslover).  A few though I am dreading as I’ve tried and failed to read them before.  The biggest of those is Possession (I wrote about my inability to finish it here).  So wish me luck and keep your fingers grossed it’s not number 12!



  1. Wow! That’s a great list, Emma. I’m curious though… why are you haviny yet another go at a book you didn’t manage to get through the first time? Is there a stage where you say to yourself ‘Yes, it’s a definitely a great book with some wonderful writing – but not for me…’?

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  2. I have seen this around and was always curious about it. Do you have to put a certain type of classic on there cause I would probably put all classic horror or mysteries…lol. I don’t think I would put anything on my list I didn’t at least think I would want to read. I think if I didn’t like Possession the first time I wouldn’t try again, but fingers crossed that one isn’t your first read. 🙂


  3. Good luck with the spin!

    We share War of the Worlds this spin, so if #19 spins up we can cheer each other on and boost any flagging interest 🙂


  4. I have found that sometimes reading books at different times in my life can make all the difference – a book that absolutely doesn’t work the first time sometimes clicks the second time around. Aaaaand…sometimes it doesn’t. 😉 Here’s hoping for good reads! 🙂


  5. Oh dear, the one book you didn’t want to come up was spun! I happend to really enjoy Possession when I read it (pre-blog), but I can understand how it would be hard to get into. Good luck–I hope you enjoy it this time around.


    • I know! I am currently ignoring it and the book which is sat on my bookcase. Some suggested I try an ebook version. Not sure it will make a difference but I’ll try!


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