My First Classics Spin

The Classics ClubIt’s time to start tackling my classics reading list, and what better way than participating in the Classics Spin that is about to begin at The Classics Club. Here is my pared-down list of twenty books. On November 18, the Classics Club will announce a number, and over the next couple of months I will read whichever book holds that spot.

Books that I am looking forward to reading

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. A Room With a View by E. M. Forster
  3. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Books that I dread reading

6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
7. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
8. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
9. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
10. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

Books that I picked because of the title

11. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
12. The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
13. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
14. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre
15. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Books that I picked to get to twenty

16. The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
17. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
18. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
19. All Is Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
20. Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor



  1. O look, I also have The Poisonwood Bible under number 3 this year :)) So many good books in your list! The Handmaid’s Tale, Fahrenheit, All Quiet on the Western Front even are so amazing.

    It’s the first time I’m reading your blog, but I already like it and I’ll be looking around some more once I post this. Good luck 🙂

  2. Farewell to Arms is also in my dread category for the Spin. Poisonwood Bible is great and I just read my first Elizabeth Bowen earlier this year, and really liked her writing style. (The book I read was To the North.)

  3. I also hope you get Three Men in a Boat — there’s also a brilliant audiobook by Naxos, narrated by Martin Jarvis. If you like audiobooks, I highly recommend it. I also liked both The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. A Farewell to Arms is actually the Hemingway that I liked best.

  4. I loved The Handmaid’s Tale. So good. I also loved All is Quiet on the Western Front – I have a meaninglessly marked up copy from high school still on my shelves.

    The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is on my list too. 🙂

  5. Wonderful list of titles, I’ve read number of them. Why do you dread Fahrenheit 451? It is an excellent book. I must give a plug for Three Men in a Boat. It is laugh out loud funny.

  6. I read If on a winter’s night a traveller a while ago and I loved it. It was definitely a book I had to concentrate on and it’s totally unlike anything I’d read before but it was worth persevering! Be curious to know how you like it when you get around to reading it.

  7. You have some really amazing books on there! The Handmaids Tale is by far my most favourite book of all time, so personally I hope you get that one!

    Don’t read Fahrenheit 451. It’s only a short book, and while weird, it is lovely. Although it hurts a bit because of the book burning…

    If on A Winters Night a Traveler is also on my list. It sounds like a really interesting, if not slightly weird, book!

    Good luck to you 🙂 it’s a really great list, I think!

  8. You have a great range of titles!

    I really liked Foucault’s Pendulum, Three Men in a Boat, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, and Fahrenheit 451. Although I can’t say I “liked” them (due to some difficult content,) The Handmaid’s Tale and Death in Venice were excellent books. Oh! And I adored The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when I was young.

    Good luck with your spin!

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