Classics Club Spin #19

Hello friends. I hope those of you who have been celebrating Thanksgiving have had a great few days. I’m delighted to write that it’s time for another Classics Club Spin! Here are the “rules:”

  • Go to your blog.
  • Pick twenty CHUNKSTER books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List.
  • Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog before Tuesday 27th November.
  • We’ll announce a number from 1-20.
  • Read that book by 31st January 2019.

Um, did they say “CHUNKSTER?” Gulp. When I looked at my list I noticed that I do have quite a few chunksters I haven’t even touched yet. Because I’m a wimp, my spin list is half 500+ page tomes, half “fun size” literary masterpieces (bigger books in bold type.)

  1. Go Tell it on the Mountain – James Baldwin
  2. Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë
  3. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  4. A Study in Scarlet – Arthur Conan Doyle
  5. My Cousin Rachel – Daphne du Maurier
  6. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  7. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  8. Adam Bede – George Eliot
  9. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  10. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  11. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  12. The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett
  13. The Blue Castle – L.M. Montgomery
  14. Less Than Angels – Barbara Pym
  15. Ceremony – Leslie Marmon Silko
  16. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  17. The Warden – Anthony Trollope
  18. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  19. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
  20. Native Son – Richard Wright

What from my list have you read? I’ll post the result next week.

23 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #19

  1. I see some good ones on here! Some we have in common too. I was working on my list last night and I didn’t put Monte Cristo on there because I know it’s a buddy read /readalong for 2019. I am about 10 books any from finalizing my spin list.

    I have read A Study in Scarlet,
    Great Expectations (it’s one on my list because I read it but don’t remember it), North and South is a good one by Gaskell too.

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  2. I’ve read six of these. I would particularly recommend Great Expectations and Adam Bede if you don’t already know them — though I understand it’s the luck of the draw with this challenge 🙂 I have copies of The Master and Margarita, Cold Comfort Farm and The Warden and would like to read them all soon. For 2019 I’m thinking of reinstating my Classic of the Month and Doorstopper of the Month features on the blog, because otherwise I simply don’t pick those up. I’ve only read maybe 2 or 3 classics this year, and 5 books that happened to be over 500 pages.

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    1. I think five 500+ books is pretty good, ha ha! Glad to know about Great Expectations and Adam Bede. I can’t wait to see what number is picked. I like the unpredictable whimsy of it all. I do intend to read all of these at some point in the next four years!


  3. I hope you get My Cousin Rachel! I thought it was absorbing and easy to read — and I’m interested to see what you think about Rachel’s motivations!

    I’m skipping this classics spin because I think my list needs some revamping. I’ve decided that I just hate the Brontes and I want to remove them from my list totally and fill their spot with women of color.

    Good luck with your spin!

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    1. Yay for your recommendations! I’d be happy with any of these. I will read them all regardless sometime in the next four years as part of my Classics Club list. I need the push to pick up a classic novel over something more shiny and contemporary. It’s a good challenge for me, especially the long time frame for completion.


  4. Hmm… shall I be nice and hope you get the very short The Island of Dr Moreau or A Study in Scarlet? Or mean, and hope for Great Expectations? Well, let’s just say I do think it should be a law that everyone reads Dickens over Christmas… 😀 Good luck!

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  5. I read Native Son ages ago but I still remember the story. Its a powerful read and a classic that is still relevant today especially on race relations. I hope that you will enjoy it and all these other books. Happy reading Laila.

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  6. I’ve read then but only four of your chunkster picks (Great Expectations, Anna K, Adam Bede, and Tenant). Of them, only Anna K felt long to me and even it didn’t feel as long as I had thought that it would feel before beginning. If one of your other chunksters comes up, maybe I’ll join you! 🙂

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