Friday, 16 August 2013

Classics Club Spin #3

Classics Club Spin – August 2013

This might be the Classics Club’s third spin but it’s our first! Hosted by the Classics Club, the idea is to choose 20 books we haven’t yet read from our original Classics Club Challenge list – and list them. On 19 August, the Classics Club will spin the bottle (or something) to pick a number from 1-20.  The number picked is matched to the corresponding book title on our spin list and we need to read that book by 1 October.

The idea is to include some titles that might challenge us. We’re both going to try and read the same book, so this list was jointly selected - rather quickly too! You’ll see that a couple of numbers have two titles next to them. That’s because Little M really wants to read them but M’s already read them for the Challenge so the second title is M’s option. And of course, not all of these books are on our shelves either, so getting them in good time will be another challenge!

Our spin list

Because we’re scared of them (but have them both):

1. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
2. Ulysses – James Joyce

New for Little M (but dreaded re-reads for M so obviously we don’t have these):

3. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
4. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

Never got around to reading (yes, we have them):

5. Jock of the Bushveld – Percy Fitzpatrick
6. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
7. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

M’s Old favourites (re-reads for M so have them all; new for Little M)

8. Thunderhead – Mary O’Hara
9. A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula le Guin
10. A Dream of Sadler’s Wells – Lorna Hill
11. The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier
12. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

Because we want to (have most):

13. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee / Emil and the Detectives – Erich Kastner
14. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
15. Tamar – Mal Peet

Old classics (have all):

16. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
17. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte / The Trial – Franz Kafka

Playful! (no, we don’t have them):

18. Hamlet - Shakespeare
19. Othello - Shakespeare
20. Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett



  1. OOh, Ulysses. Good luck if you get that one! I studied it at uni and it rather difficult. And extremely heavy...

    1. You mean you actually finished it?! I did Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man. Shorter - probably more accessible too??!!! I'm dreading Lord of the Flies more though. That gave me cold shivers when I first read it.

  2. It's no.4 which means The Hobbit for us. Interesting thing about the spin: it tells you a lot about your attitude to choosing a book to read. Both of us aren't so keen.

    1. We didn't quite make it. We purchased a copy of the novel but neither of us have started to read it yet!


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