The Classics Spin 4

Classics ClubThe Fourth Classics Spin from the Classics Club. As with before, I must pick twenty books, then a random number will be selected and each of us must read the number listed at X number by January 1, 2014.

Even though I still have not finished my book from the last spin, these Spins are really useful because other challenges, reads, and activities have taken me away from the classics this year.

My challenge is that I own almost every one of these books so I must read them to clear my TBR shelf.

  1. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
  2. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  3. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  4. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  5. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  6. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  7. Don Quixote by Cervantes
  8. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  9. Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens
  10. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  11. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  12. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
  13. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  14. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
  15. The Complete Poems by T. S. Eliot
  16. The Return of the the Native by Thomas Hardy
  17. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  18. Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  19. The Magus by John Fowles
  20. Kim by Rudyard Kipling

What’s on your spin list?

14 thoughts on “The Classics Spin 4

  • Karen K.

    Some GREAT picks on your list!! I loved both of those by Elizabeth Gaskell, and Bleak House is my favorite Dickens of all time. And Cannery Row is a hoot. I hope you get a good one for your Spin selection!

    • athena (Post author)

      Hi Karen! I really enjoyed Gaskell’s writing in Cranford, but I haven’t had time to pick up her books yet. I’m hoping for N&S first then W&D. Bleak House is another one to watch. Thanks!

    • athena (Post author)

      Hi My Book Strings! I think the only one I am not looking forward to is Atlas Shrugged, but overall, I’m excited for most of the books. Good luck and thanks!

  • Riv @ Bookish Realm

    Wow, you have some BIG books in the list 🙂

    I love John Knowles, The Magus has received some very controversial feedback but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sons and Lovers left me no impression, but I think I was too young to read it, this year I read Lady Chatterley’s Lover and although it didn’t become my favourite, I can definitely appreciate Lawrence as an author. I hope you’ll have better luck with Sons and Lovers.

    • athena (Post author)

      Hi Riv! Yes, I like big books! Length does not bother me. I’ve heard controversial things about the Magus too. A friend of mine loves it, but admitted he didn’t know of any woman or girl to have read it. I don’t think I have Lawrence yet, but I’ve had S&L for a few years now. Thanks for the comment!

  • crafts4others

    I also have both of Gaskell’s books on my Spin List. I read A Little Princess earlier in the year (used to watch the movie as a kid) and didn’t like the books as I thought I would.

    • athena (Post author)

      Hi crafts4others! Too bad about ALP. I also really liked the movie as a kid so I was hoping the book would follow in the same pattern. I’m excited for the Gaskells. Good luck!

  • Jenna

    Bleak House is by far my favorite Dickens novel, but many of these are treasured gems…and the rest I just haven’t read yet. I hope you get a book you’re looking forward to reading!

    • athena (Post author)

      Hi Maria! Next time perhaps? I haven’t read a Dickens in awhile and this one is a popular one so it should be at the top of the list. Have a good week!


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