My First Classics Club Spin! Updated Reveal!

I’m so excited to participate in my first spin for The Classics Club, especially since I’ve fallen behind on some of my reading goals.

book spin

Some of you may be wondering what “spin” means. No, it doesn’t involve me spinning around with a bunch of classics on my head (although that could be fun I guess). The idea is to select 20 random books from your Classics Club List and post them before Monday, April 22. On Monday, a number will be chosen which reveals which title must be read by May 31. Who says book lovers don’t know how to party?

Without further ado, here are my picks:

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  3. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  4. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  5. Possession by A.S. Byatt
  6. The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
  7. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  8. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  9. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  11. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  12. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  13. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  14. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  15. The Last Man by Mary Shelley
  16. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  17. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  18. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  19. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  20. Orlando by Virginia Woolf

I tried to create a balanced list with a mix of shorter and longer works along with original reads and some old favorites. It helps that several of my picks are books I need to read for my 2019 challenges.

Nothing left to do but wait for the announced number. Wish me luck fellow readers.

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Update: The results are in, and it looks like I will be reading The Picture of Dorian Gray. This will be my first time reading Oscar Wilde, so that’s exciting. Next month, I will attempt to give it the review it deserves.



20 thoughts on “My First Classics Club Spin! Updated Reveal!

    1. Joel Getter

      I’m nervous about reading one of these longer works, as I haven’t had much success in the past. I’ve been wanting to read Don Quixote for years so hoping that gets accomplished soon.


  1. Congratulations on attempting your first spin. My favourites would be Don Quixote, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Gulliver’s Travels. The latter two are especially interesting each in their own unique way. I hope you have a great spin and get the book you want!

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  2. Welcome to the spins! I love the variety of your list, although, I’d personally shy away from the longer books. It’s not most peoples favorite Austen, but I’m a fan of Mansfield Park, and Agatha Christie is always fun. I hope you get something you love. Happy reading!

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    1. Joel Getter

      Honestly, I’m hoping it doesn’t turn out to be one of the longer reads. I may think this one through a little more carefully next time.


  3. Interesting list! Atlas Shrugged plunged me into a lot of thought as a teenager.

    I used to be excited about big books, but these days I find them daunting. I’m interested in reading Don Quixote. I have read the first few chapters. Yet, I still keep putting it off when I go to pick it up to continue reading!

    Anyway, I wish you all the very best on your first spin!! 😀


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