19 April 2019

Classics Club Spin #20

It's Classics Club Spin time again! Each Clubber has a personal list of 50-100 classic books that we have chosen to be our challenge list. For the Spin we pick 20 of those titles and put them into a numbered list. On April 23rd the Club moderators will draw a number from 1 to 20 and we have to read that book on our list by the end of May and report back to the Club.

So here's my list! I want to read them all, but I've wanted to read "A Tree G rows in Brooklyn" for ages, so I'm hoping for #10.

1. Greenwillow, B.J. Chute 1956
2. The Dubliners, James Joyce (1914)
3. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (1869)
4. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton (1911)
5. The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas, Gertrude Stein (1933)
6. Candide, Voltaire (1759)
7. Giles Goat Boy, John Barth (1966)
8. Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell (1864)
9. Elizabeth Gaskell, May Barton (1848)
10. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith (1943)
11. Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome (1889)
12. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (1958)
13. The Reef, Edith Wharton (1912)
14. The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins (1868)
15. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins (1859)
16. Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis (1954)
17. The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain (1869)
18. Enemies, A Love Story, Isaac Bashevis Singer (1966)
19. Main Street, Sinclair Lewis (1920)
20. Howards End, E. M. Forster (1910)

Ready for Spin!

UPDATE: The spin is #19, so I'm reading Main Street by Sinclair Lewis!


  1. Great list! We have a couple in common: nos 10 & 12 :-) And you have several others I would be very happy to read. Good luck!

    1. Thanks! There seems to be a Betty Smith revival happening in the club, as I've seen "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" on quite a few lists for this spin. I hope you enjoy your spin book!

  2. Nice. I'll change my list and move A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to #10, so we can compare notes if it comes up. Pretty sure it's allowed, but I know the mods and they'll let me have my way. Cheers.

    1. That would be fun! Yes,I've seen Brona talking about shuffling books around, so I think it's OK. Here's hoping for #10...

  3. Oh you have a great list here! Three Men in a Boat is hilarious and The Moonstone is riveting! And you can never miss with Elizabeth Gaskell or Edith Wharton although I think Ethan Frome is one of Wharton's weaker novels. Even so, it's still good. Have a great spin come Monday!

    1. Thanks! I'd be happy with any of them as I only put books I want to read on my CC list. With the state of the world, I think a hilarious books sounds ideal, so I'll hope for "Three Men in a Boat".

  4. Of your list I've only read The Woman in White and Little Women. Mary Barton and The Moonstone are on my list too. Good luck with the spin!

  5. Good luck to you as well! We should know our book soon.

  6. I remember reading Main Street in high school, and I remember loving it. I hope you do, too.


    1. I hope so, too! I love the way you set up your list, by the way!