The Classics Club Spin #8


How can I resist the Classics Club Spin? It’s always so much fun. My November is full of books already, but I have until January 5 to read my spin book, which will be determined on November 10. I’ve put a little spin on my selection for the Spin, and here’s my list:

Five American Classics

  1. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
  2. The Ballad of Sad Café, Carson McCullers
  3. Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor
  4. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain
  5. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brian

Five German Classics

  1. The Marquise of O, Heinrich von Kleist
  2. The Jews’ Beech, Annette von Droste-Huelshoff
  3. Death in Venice, Thomas Mann
  4. Every Man Dies Alone, Hans Fallada
  5. Group Portrait with Lady, Heinrich Boell

Five British Classics

11. The Warden, Anthony Trollope
12. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
13. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
14. Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
15. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre

Five Japanese Classics

16. Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
17. Silence by Shusaku Endo
18. The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
19. Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki
20. Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata

I’d be happy to read any of these. I’m slightly apprehensive about Thomas Mann, but it’ll make my mom happy if I finally read Death in Venice. Any thoughts on any of the books?



  1. Your list is an inspiration! There are some good titles I had not heard about.
    ,…I was apprehensive about spinning….but will get my list down on paper,
    Wonderful that you want to please mom !

  2. Two of your German Classics are on my spin list too. Death in Venice and Every Man Dies Alone. I’m dreading to read Thomas Mann, although I’m sure it’s really good. So let’s see if we are lucky on monday.

  3. So how does it work: do you plan to read all of them or are you going to toss a coin or spin a bottle and choose one from each of the lists? Because I love all of them, it’s a very, very hard choice!

    • Ideally, I’m going to read all of them at some point. But for the Spin, the Classics Club will give participants a number and we have until January 5 to read the book that holds that number’s spot. It’s always a lot of fun.

  4. I loved Every Man Dies Alone (or Alone in Berlin, as it’s known here in the UK) and Tess is my favourite Thomas Hardy novel, so I hope you get one of those two! Good luck. 🙂

  5. I must confess that I don’t know any of your books outside the British Classics, so I’m the spin picks one of those I don’t know. Though I love The End of the Affair and I’d love to know what you make of it ….

  6. Some interesting titles I’ve never heard of on your list. East of Eden is a top favourite of mine ….and Tess…..and The Warden. Good luck!

  7. I not only love your set-up, but I now have some new books that you’ve introduced me to which I can add to my TBR list! In conjunction with German Literature Month, I’m feeling very Deutsch-ish, so I’d choose on of those five. The Marquise of O sounds like fun.

    Hope you have a great spin!

  8. I didn’t know there was a book called ‘Naomi’. Now I feel like I should read it! Most of these, I have not read, but I can recommend #1 and #14. I loved both of those.

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