The Classics Spin, Vol. I

I’ve been in a bit of a weird reading limbo for the past month, so when The Classics Club said they were going to do a Spin, I decided to participate!  A spin is basically a chance for me to narrow my to-read list down to 20 books that I have good, bad, or mixed feelings about.  Then, the folks over at The Classics Club will pick a number one through twenty, and I’ll read that book by May!

I tried to keep my spin list on books I already own, as I’m on a purchase hiatus right now.  I also tacked in a couple of classics that aren’t actually on my official list – but I’m okay with breaking the rules for literature’s sake 😉  I’d have to say I’m most afraid of one of the larger books being selected, as I don’t know if I have the conviction to punch through them right now.  No matter what, though, I will be reading one of the listed twenty books quite soon!

  1. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  2. War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells
  3. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  4. Candide, Voltaire
  5. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  6. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  7. Persuasion, Jane Austen
  8. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  9. The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  10. The Invisible Man, H. G. Wells
  11. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  12. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  13. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
  14. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  15. Little Men, Louisa May Alcott
  16. The Iliad, Homer
  17. The Odyssey, Homer
  18. The Aeneid, Virgil
  19. The Epic of Gilgamesh
  20. China Men, Maxine Hong Kingston

I find out on Monday what book I’ll be subjected to – er, which book I get to read next!  Hooray!  Thankfully they all look so good 🙂


Are you participating in The Classics Club?  Share your Spin lists below!