The Classics Club Spin

classicsclubIt was only last week that I was wondering what to read in May. Now I am wondering how much I can possibly squeeze into one month. The Classics Club has announced another spin, and I am ready for it!

The greatly abbreviated rules: Make a numbered list of 20 books and then wait for May 12. On that day, the Classics Club will announce a number, and you are to read the book that is holding that number on your list within the next six weeks.

I decided to make up my own categories, and I have added a few classics that are not on my original list. This is what I came up with:

Five Classics That Make Me Think of Children:
1. Matilda, Roald Dahl
2. Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery
3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis
4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

Five Classics With a Number in the Title:
6. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
7. Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
8. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
9. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne
10. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan

Five “Horror”/“Thriller”/“Suspense” Classics:
11. Dracula, Bram Stoker
12. The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells
13. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Le Carré
14. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
15. The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson

Five Classics Written by a Woman:
16. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
17. Eva Luna, Isabel Allende
18. Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor
19. The Ballad of the Sad Café, Carson McCullers
20. My Mortal Enemy, Willa Cather

My least favorite would probably be The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I find myself secretly hoping for The Haunting of Hill House.



  1. I like the way you’ve adapted the rules. It made me look more clearly at my own list to see if there were any natural groupings but couldn’t really find any. I did try the Hunchback many decades ago but give up because i found it too ponderous. I wonder whether my attitude would be different now?

    • I’m sure that our attitudes towards books change as we as readers change. But I also think that there are books that simply don’t resonate with us, no matter when we pick them up. With so many other books waiting to be read, I find it hard to go back to a book I didn’t like when I first tried it and give it another chance.

  2. Love your categories! I enjoyed Hunchback of Notre Dame (be prepared that Hugo takes a long tangent near the beginning, but eventually he’s back on track and it’s a great read.) I adore A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Three Men in a Boat is on my Spin List too. The Haunting of Hill House was great, very atmospheric. Good luck with your spin!

  3. Three Men in A Boat is just hilarious! If you get it, you’ll know you’re in for a laugh! The Haunting of Hill House is really creepy; you could watch the movie after reading the book.

    Hope you have a great spin!

    • I just recently read Death Comes for the Archbishop, and it reminded me of how much I like her writing. Even if My Mortal Enemy doesn’t come up in the spin, I’m planning to read it soon.

  4. I like the way you separated your list. I sorted mine in my own way too, also with a childrens category. You have some great books on your list. The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favourites.

  5. I didn’t know that Tinker Tailor Soldier spy was a horror/thriller… interesting. Anyways, that category sounds the best, although the list as a whole sounds amazing.

  6. I really love your list. There are so many wonderful books here! Fahrenheit 451: so powerful and still quite relevant; Matilda: awesome heroine; The Haunting of Hill House: atmospheric and, well, haunting; The Handmaid’s Tale: chilling and terrifying; The Ballad of the Sad Cafe: emotionally devastating. I’ve read a few others from your list, too, but these really stuck with me.

    Best of luck!

  7. I really like your categories! I made my list completely random this time, with I’ve read five books from your list and I think they all were rated with 4 stars, so very good! (Dracula, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, The Handmaid’s Tale, Fahrenheit and One Hundred Years of Solitude). Good luck 🙂

    • Your question made me smile. I have three little kids, so the first image that pops into my head when I hear the title is the Disney movie, which, like most Disney stories, is nothing like the original. (My eldest read the original Little Mermaid fairy tale the other day and could not believe that the little mermaid actually dies at the end…)

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