The Classics Club Spin #9

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Update: The Spin number is 2. I’ll be reading The Things They Carried.

It’s time for another Classics Club Spin (rules here). I’m looking forward to participating once again, even though I really have enough books on my plate already. But I can’t resist. I’m going to cheat a little bit and put only classics for this year’s challenges on my list. As you can see, that means I’m listing each title twice.

  1. Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor
  2. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
  3. The Jews’ Beech Tree, Annette von Droste-Huelshoff
  4. Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
  5. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John Le Carre
  6. West With the Night, Beryl Markham
  7. The Black Tulip, Alexandre Dumas
  8. The Death of the Heart, Elizabeth Bowen
  9. The Woman in the Dunes, Kobo Abe
  10. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  11. Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor
  12. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
  13. The Jews’ Beech Tree, Annette von Droste-Huelshoff
  14. Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
  15. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John Le Carre
  16. West With the Night, Beryl Markham
  17. The Black Tulip, Alexandre Dumas
  18. The Death of the Heart, Elizabeth Bowen
  19. The Woman in the Dunes, Kobo Abe
  20. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

I wouldn’t mind reading any of these. I’d be very happy with Flannery O’Connor and Beryl Markham, maybe a little less so with Kobo Abe and Annette von Droste-Huelshoff. Any thoughts on my list?

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32 comments

  1. My book plate is overflowing as well—I think I might be in the middle of 5-6? Oy. And yet I’m still thinking of participating in the spin challenge with Jane Eyre! I didn’t actually spin, but it’s #2 on my main list. A lot of people have told me I’ll really enjoy it, so I’m thinking of doing it against my better judgment. 🙂

  2. Oooh! had to stop by and see which book the #2 gave you. I think you’ll like the O’Brien collection. They are powerful stories.

  3. West with the Night is just wonderful — if you can, I recommend the illustrated version, the photos are beautiful. And I’m intrigued by The Black Tulip — I’ve only read one book by Dumas, Three Musketeers. I put The Man in the Iron Mask on my Classics Club list, so there’s a chance I may be reading that one this time around.

  4. Good luck! I love Dumas and really enjoyed The Black Tulip, so I’ll be interested to know what you think if you get that one! Tess is probably my favourite Thomas Hardy book and I remember enjoying The Wind in the Willows as a child too.

    • I really want to read all of the books on my Spin list, so even though I’ll be reading The Things They Carried this month, I’m hoping to get to the Dumas, Hardy, and Grahame this year as well.

  5. That is a lovely list of possibilities. I know and love Tess and wind in the Willows, and I’m curious about The Black Tulip and West With The Night as I have copies waiting to be read. Good luck with the spin!

  6. Love the Wind in the Willows! That’s a fun one. I just picked up West With the Night at the library yesterday — let me know if that one comes up and I’d be happy to read it along with you.

    Good luck!

  7. I’m another Wind of Willows fan and I enjoyed Tess, too. Like Naomi, the one I would most like to read is Wise Blood (it’s been sitting on one of my wishlists for ages!). Happy spinning.

    • I’ll be reading The Things They Carried for this spin, but Wise Blood is on my list to read this year. It’s been too long since I’ve read anything by Flannery O’Connor.

  8. Love The Wind in the Willows and enjoyed Tess. Couldn’t make it through Tinker, Tailor, but that’s me rather than the book – I always have problems with spy novels somehow. I’m considering reading The Black Tulip myself, so I hope you get that one so I can read your review… 😉

  9. The only books I have read on your list are The Wind in the Willows and Tess. I especially loved Tess. The one I would most like to read is Flannery O’Conner. I hope you get a good one!

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