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Classics Club Spin #8

This will be my first time participating in the Classics Club Spin.

Here are the directions for spin #8:

At your blog, by next Monday, November 10, list your choice of any twenty books you’ve left to read from your Classics Club list – in a separate post.

This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books in November & December. (Details follow.) So, try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, rereads, ancients — whatever you choose.)

Next Monday, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by January 5, 2015.

I can’t see setting myself up for failure by including here any of my list’s huge books like Atlas Shrugged, The Golden Notebook, or Ulysses. I know I need to save those until I have a large chunk of time to devote to doing them right, and I will not have that kind of time between now and January 5.

So here is my list for the spin:

  1. Adams, Richard. Watership Down
  2. Masters, Edgar Lee. Spoon River Anthology (1915)
  3. Agee, James. A Death in the Family
  4. Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men
  5. Cather, Willa. O Pioneers!
  6. Smith, Dodie. I Capture the Castle (1948)
  7. Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment
  8. Williams, Tennessee. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  9. Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant’s Woman
  10. Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea
  11. Styron, William. Darkness Visible (1990)
  12. Hardy, Thomas. Far From the Madding Crowd
  13. Yates, Richard. Revolutionary Road (1961)
  14. O’Neill, Eugene. The Iceman Cometh
  15. James, Henry. The Beast in the Jungle
  16. Pym, Barbara. Excellent Women
  17. Lewis, Sinclair. Babbit
  18. Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway
  19. Wilson, Sloan. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1955)
  20. Nabokov, Vladimir. Pnin

Update: We Have a Winner!

It’s lucky #13!

I’m the lucky one. I get to read Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates by January 5.