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New Year and New Spins….

There is something called the self-fulfilling prophecy…these days I am becoming a staunch, absolutely staunch adherent to this thing. If you wish it, it will happen! I share with you a simple illustrative example – just last night, I was thinking it’s been ages since I participated in the Classic Club Spin read; after all this event is a good way to get me to read some of the stuff I dread! And lo! Behold! The first thing I see this morning when I open my system is that Classic Club is announcing their Spin#9. There is naturally no question of “not participating”.

The Spin rules are as always simple –

  • Pick 20 Classics of your choice
  • On Monday, i.e. April 6th, the Club will pick a number
  • You read the book that you have marked against the number by May 15th

And now for the list. In the spirit of things, I decided to make the list a little more challenging and listed 20 books I really kind of nervous taking up.

  1. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  2. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  3. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
  4. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  5. Daisy Miller by Henry James
  6. Washington Square by Henry James
  7. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  8. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  9. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  10. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
  11. A Room with a View by M Forster
  12. Howard’s End by M Forster
  13. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  14. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  15. The House of Seven Gables by Nathanie Hawthorne
  16. Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
  17. A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
  18. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márque
  19. Windsor Castle by William Harrison Ainsworth
  20. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

That’s the list! And Now I sit, biting my nails till April 6th!!!

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  1. My, you are brave making a list of ‘nervous books’. Though I have to say that I found ‘The House of the Spirits’ wonderfully readable, ‘A Room With a View’ lovely, and ‘The House of Mirth’ dazzling.

    I hope that, whichever book the spin brings you, you’ll be able to look back after reading and think you didn’t need to be nervous.

    March 31, 2015
    • Thanks Jane….I have heard such wonderful things about The House, that I am really hoping to get it in the Spin and even if I don’t I think I will read it anyway!!

      April 1, 2015
  2. Wow…now that is one formidable list! It will be fun to see which one you get to tackle! Like you, I’ve been wondering when the next CC Spin would be announced!

    March 31, 2015
    • You know Lynn…I think we all use the Spin to actually get down and read some stuff that we would not usually…in the last year/year and a half we have become so used having a Spin around us every alternate month, it seems like something essential is missing and we have not really done some difficult reading! The word “formidable” is the key 😉

      April 1, 2015
      • Spins are a good motivator, I admit. However, I have been reading some of the classic juvenile books this year and really enjoying that! (I have 10, soon to be 11, grandchildren, so I have a handy excuse to read and review “chidren’s lit.” 🙂

        April 1, 2015
      • Lynn…I absolutely agree…what better than grandchildren to motivate reading good books 🙂

        April 2, 2015
  3. Corinne #

    The House of Mirth is EXCELLENT!

    March 31, 2015
    • Thanks Corinne…I so hope I get it on the Spin!!

      April 1, 2015
  4. Could you please wish for a world of sane and sensible people? That would be nice. 😉

    To The Lighthouse and The House of Mirth get my vote! On The Road ……. well, shoot me now. I just read it and …. ;-P **** GAG **** Two Henry James would indeed make me nervous.

    I can’t wait to see what you get! 🙂

    March 31, 2015
    • Funny…both you and Stefanie seem to have similar opinion about The Road and so do a lot of other people, specifically women!! I am not looking forward to it either….but I love Henry James as well, though at times he does seem to go on!!! Virginia Woolf SCARES me…I read Orlando when very young and never quite recovered….but l am keeping an open mind and i hope to read some of her work soon! P.S. i so wish I could get a world of sane, sensible and sensitive people!!!

      April 1, 2015
  5. Wonderful list! I have read and enjoyed several of them so can say you have some good books to look forward to. I did not much like The Road though, such a “boy” book. Wharton and Forster and Woolf and even James, very good. And Allende is wonderful and Chopin, really great. Can’t wait to see what you get 🙂

    March 31, 2015
    • I have heard that about The Road, so I am not overly keen to be spun that, but I am hoping for Wharton, as I have read her other works and loved them or Allende, because I have never read her!! Keeping my fingers crossed 🙂

      April 1, 2015
  6. I’m so happy to see Isabel Allende on your list… one of my favorite authors. And I liked House of Mirth and Room With a View. Whatever you get, I hope you’ll enjoy it.

    April 1, 2015
    • Thank You…I am hearing so many great things about Allende, that I will read her regardless of the Spin 🙂 I love Wharton but Woolf makes me anxious!!

      April 2, 2015
  7. A handful of these would make for a great read, and I cannot say about the rest. House of Mirth and The Awakening were brilliant. Hope you enjoy whatever you end up reading!

    April 3, 2015
    • Thank You…I too have heard great things about House of Mirth…I so hope to read it soon…Spin or no spin!!

      April 4, 2015
  8. The Forster books are great reads as is the Marquez – although I understand why you’re nervous about that one!!

    If you get the Wharton you could also join in my Wharton Review in May 🙂

    Good luck tomorrow

    April 5, 2015
    • Brona…that would be great…but regardless of the Spin #, I will join you in May or the Wharton Review, because I love her other works!! Thank You and count me in 🙂

      April 6, 2015

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