Another Classics Spin? Count Me In!

The Classics Club is hosting another Classics Spin. So far, I had a great book (Matilda), a good book (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall), and an ok book (Siddharta). Let’s see what this spin will bring. Below is my list of 20 books. On August 11, the Club announces a number, and then I have until October 6 to read the book that holds the place of the spin number.

Ten Classics from My Classics List

  1. Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle
  2. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
  3. Willa Cather, My Mortal Enemy
  4. Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood
  5. Carson McCullers, The Ballad of the Sad Café
  6. Bram Stoker, Dracula
  7. Bernhard Schlink, The Reader
  8. Anthony Trollope, The Warden
  9. Jack Kerouac, On the Road
  10. Heinrich von Kleist, Die Marquise von O (The Marquise of O)

Five German Classics

11. Anette von Droste-Hülshoff, Die Judenbuche (The Jew’s Beech)
12. Theodor Fontane, Effi Briest
13. Anna Seghers, Das Siebte Kreuz (The Seventh Cross)
14. Hans Fallada, Jeder Stirbt für Sich Allein (Every Man Dies Alone)
15. Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Die Physiker (The Physicists)

Five Classics I Recently Noticed on My Bookshelf

16. Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford
17. James Stephens, The Charwoman’s Daughter
18. Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes (The Lost Estate)
19. Halldor Laxness, The Fish Can Sing
20. Thomas Hardy, Tess of D’Urbervilles

I think the only one I don’t particularly feel like reading is Effi Briest. Madame Bovary, The House of Mirth, and Effi Briest all within 6 months would be a bit much. But otherwise, I can’t wait to find out what I’ll be reading. Are you participating in the Spin?



  1. Very impressive list. I confess I sort of stuck to books that I’m eager to read or reread–a bit of a cheat. But, The Classics Club guideline said the rules are meant to be broken! 😉 You have inspired me to do a more challenging list next time.

  2. I can personally recommend The Handmaid’s Tale, Tess and The Reader, although they’re all very different, they will all leave you very moved and all stirred up!!

    Good luck 🙂

  3. What a wonderfully diverse list! I’d pick We Have Always Lived in the Castle or Tess of the d’Urbervilles if it was up to me, and I’m curious about Effie Briest, but I can understand why it wouldn’t be your pick right now. good luck with the spin!

  4. Good luck on Monday! I loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Handmaid’s Tale and Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Every Man Dies Alone is a great book too, though I had to read it in translation as my German unfortunately isn’t good enough!

  5. I was looking for more German classics… I’ve found some! Bram Stoker is a terrific read…hope you like it. I have to start reading so I’ll kickoff my new list with Nana and wait and see what the spin nr is!

  6. You have The Warden! I loved that Trollope! On The Road looks great; I read his Dharma Bums and really enjoyed it!

    I’m very envious that you are fluent in German. 🙂 I can read children’s books but I’m not nearly proficient enough to read novels.

    Cranford was great too. I do understand your hesitation about reading the three books with the same themes; I read Madame Bovary, Zola’s The Kill and Wuthering Heights all together and was completely done with weird love affairs, illicit love affairs and unbalanced people. I hope you get something else.

    Have a great time with your spin!

    • I have yet to read anything by Trollope, but I’ve read so many good reviews of his books recently that I really want to see what he’s all about. But it would be nice to read something in German, too. Looking at all these lists gets me all giddy! 🙂

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