Classics Club Spin #18

You probably know the drill at this point. But for those of you who may not…

What is the Classics Spin? Essentially, folks in the Classics Club choose 20 books from their classics club reading list and post them by the due date (in this case, Aug 1).

Another name for the due date is “spin day,” when a random number between 1-20 is revealed. You’re then required to read the book on your 20-book list (mine is posted below) that corresponds with this number.

You can choose your books randomly, divide them by categories, or whatever. Part of the challenge, though, is to choose at least a few that you know you’re dreading, just in case this is the opportunity to nudge you toward it.

Here’s my list…

  1. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)
  2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)
  3. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock (1818)
  4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)
  5. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy (1895)
  6. The Trial by Franz Kafka (1924)
  7. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1927)
  8. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (1929)
  9. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller (1934)
  10. Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara (1934)
  11. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (1938)
  12. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (1939)
  13. Day of the Locust by Nathaniel West (1939)
  14. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (1940)
  15. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles (1949)
  16. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949)
  17. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis (1954)
  18. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958)
  19. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)
  20. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (1962)

Note: Every book on my Spin list was taken at random from a new project I’m doing. I’m reading through the “consensus” Top 125 Books of All Time and creating a series for it on YouTube.

If you want to learn more about that, click this link, or watch my intro video below.

6 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #18

  1. Hey Rick! I missed this entry. Just want to say I love the sound of your 125 project, and the reasoning behind it! As in, I’m all inspired and the things! However, I am also one who finishes 5% of a project then stops. So I dare not commit! 😛

    Wishing you so much luck finding your 100 books. ❤


  2. Tropic of Cancer eh… I read Tropic of Capricorn right around the time I started blogging, when I was trying to bump up my 1,001 Books counts so it’d look better 🙂 Don’t remember much about it.


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