Trying the Classics Club Spin

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The Classics Club is organizing another spin read and this time I’ve chosen to give it a go. The first spin was during a busy time for me so I didn’t feel up to letting fate choose my next book, but this time I am feeling adventurous and can’t wait to see what book is chosen for me. I’ve been a bit cowardly and have put only books that I feel I can finish by July on my list – nothing super chunky or incredibly hard to read. Most of these are books that I very enthusiastically bought and planned to read immediately, but then let linger. They’ve slowly moved from my bedside table to my upstairs bookcase and are now being neglected in my downstairs bookcase.

  1. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  2. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  3. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  4. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  5. South Riding by Winifred Holtby
  6. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  7. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  8. Nana by Emile Zola
  9. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  10. Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
  11. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  12. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  13. Brook Evans by Susan Glaspell
  14. Saratoga Trunk by Edna Ferber
  15. Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins
  16. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
  17. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
  18. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  19. The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
  20. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Are you taking the spin? Do we have any books in common?

Also, I can’t read this Danish book blog (unless I use Google Translate, which is not ideal), but I love looking at the photos. This blogger’s pictures are beautiful!

Have a gorgeous weekend!

22 comments / Add your comment below

  1. The Pursuit of Love is the only book we have in common, but we share several authors. Hope a good number comes up on Monday!

  2. What a great variety! I need to look up Susan Glaspell, though. Is there a number that you’re really hoping will come up?

  3. Good luck on Monday! I think the only book we both have on our list is East of Eden. I loved South Riding and I Capture the Castle, so I’ll be envious if you get one of those.

    1. I’ve been wanting to read both South Riding and I Capture the Castle for such a long time. I know I will enjoy them, but it’s never been the right time. Maybe their chance will come on Monday…

  4. I’m taking part for the first time as well, like you I can’t wait to see which book is chosen for me!
    We have no books in common, unfortunately.

  5. I have done the same and been ‘a bit cowardly’ although I prefer to think of it as being realistic. I simply couldn’t have coped with a weighty tome this time round.
    You have a wonderful list with several titles I’ve read and loved . The only one also on mine is South Riding and another title of Ernest Hemingways. Good luck with the spin!

    1. Cat, yes, it really is just being realistic!
      I’m a bit afraid of the Hemingway – I haven’t read him since I was a teen and am not sure if I will like him, although I did read A Moveable Feast last year and enjoyed that.

  6. Thanks for sharing that Danish book blog. Her photos are gorgeous! I can make out just enough of the gist of her posts to be frustrated that I can’t read them!

  7. This is my first go at the Classics Club spin too. You have chosen very different books to me. I look forward to seeing what you read. Good luck!

  8. We’ve no books in common, but I Capture the Castle and South Riding would be among my desert island books, and I loved Harriet too. I hope Monday’s number brings you a book to fall in love with.

  9. You have so many great books on your list!!! Last year I read East of Eden and South Riding and loved both of them; Ethan Frome and The Pursuit of Love are wonderful. O Pioneers is also great, and I Capture the Castle. And The Heart is a Lonely Hunter — I thought it would be dire and depressing and it’s amazing, I want to read more Carson McCullers. Must add her to my book group list!

    1. So glad to hear that the McCullers isn’t depressing! I only reluctantly added it to the list. I read The Member of the Wedding way back when I was a teen and didn’t quite get it – she would probably be easier for me now.

  10. Oh, wauw! You mentioned my blog! I am so flattered and grateful – thank you for your kind words.

    I’ve actually considered writing English translations of my texts, but as I’m not able to find the acurate words in English, I’ve dismissed the idea. But perhaps I should reconsider it 🙂 After all it would be excellent training.

    You have a lovely blog as well, I’m happy I found it! 🙂

    1. Rikke, your blog is beautiful! Quite gorgeous photos and I’m sure your prose matches. Keep writing in Danish if that suits you – us English speakers can always use Google Translate to get the gist of your thoughts and we can also enjoy your photos.
      Thank you for stopping by!

  11. I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t heard of many of those; knowing what you’ve read in the past I want to go and Google all of them because you seem to have a knack for picking good titles. The only one I’ve read is I Capture The Castle, and it’s fantastic. Good luck!

  12. What a great list ! I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love with any book that will be chosen ! I’ve read The Haunting of Hill House, East of Eden, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Nana, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Tender is the Night… You cant be wrong with those ones. Good luck for the spin 🙂

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