Classics Club Spin #18, August 2018

It’s time for another Classics Club Spin! Here’s how it works:

On Wednesday 1st August, 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 31st August, 2018. We’ll check in here then to see who made it the whole way and finished their spin book!

What’s Next?

  • Go to your blog.
  • Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List.
  • Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog before Wednesday 1st August.
  • We’ll announce a number from 1-20.
  • Read that book by 31st August.

This will be the third “Spin” I’ve done since I joined the Classics Club. The last spin was a fail for me. The book chosen just wasn’t the right one for me at the time, so I still haven’t finished it (I will, eventually). I’m hoping the book chosen for this Spin will be one in which I can get completely and delightfully lost. Here is my list of 20 books for Spin #18. The chosen book will be highlighted in red.

  1. Kokoro, Natsume Soseki
  2. Kinfolk, Pearl S. Buck
  3. Ask Me, William Stafford
  4. A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
  5. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  6. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
  7. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  8. Travels With My Aunt, Graham Greene
  9. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Kate Douglas Wiggin

  10. The Measure of My Days, Florida Scott-Maxwell
  11. The Sussex Downs Murder, John Bude
  12. Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther
  13. Neuromancer, William Gibson
  14. Dust Tracks on a Road, Zora Neale Hurston
  15. Excellent Women, Barbara Pym
  16. The Gaucho Martin Fierro, José Hernández
  17. Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden, Eleanor Perenyi
  18. The Lost Prince, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  19. Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway
  20. The Sea Runners, Ivan Doig

8 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #18, August 2018

  1. Kay

    I’ve not read the Rebecca book, though I’ve known of it. Think you’ll like it? How long is it? I think my impression was that it is really, really sweet, as in almost too much. It probably isn’t. I’ll watch for your impressions, Robin.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Fiction Fan, I hope it’s one I will enjoy! I do need a light read right now, but I hope it’s not to sticky sweet. We’ll see. I really don’t know anyone who has read it.

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  2. Nan

    How I love Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm! I remember the first copy I ever saw at my auntie Gay’s camp. I read it as an adult in 2004, and this is what I wrote down.
    ‘Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm 1903
    By Kate Douglas Wiggin
    Recorded Books read by Barbara Caruso
    Fiction A

    This was wonderful and as fresh as if it were just written. It felt a bit like Anne Of Green Gables, and Pollyanna. Rebecca’s family is very poor, and she is given the chance for an education by going to live with two old maiden aunts. The young girl has a wonderful, cheerful outlook on life. I have a sense that all these books were written about a girl who could be an example to the reader. She isn’t without troubles and problems, yet she remains steadfast and optimistic. Even as a grown woman, I found myself learning from her. Well written with memorable, real characters.’

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      1. Nan

        I also love Pollyanna. The author was born in the town where I grew up! There is an annual Pollyanna day. Here are my 2002 notes on it: Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter 1913 A
        The author was born in the town I grew up in, and this year a statue of
        Pollyanna was put up on the library lawn. I loved this book. It was
        beautifully written, and not sappy or sentimental. Disney did quite a
        good job of bringing the book to the screen. Not every detail was the
        same, but the spirit certainly came through. Pollyanna is a true
        inspiration for living- trying to find the good in everyone, and every
        circumstance. Wonderful book.

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