Classics Club Spin Game

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I like the random.  Somewhat.  I am going to vow to follow these rules as set forth by the Classics Club at


  • Go to your blog.
  • Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List.
  • Try to challenge yourself: list five 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.)
  • Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog by next Monday.
  • Monday morning, we’ll announce a number from 1-20. Go to the list of twenty books you posted, and select the book that corresponds to the number we announce.
  • The challenge is to read that book by December 1, even if it’s an icky one you dread reading! (No fair not listing any scary ones!)


Monday, October 3:  And it’s number 1!  I’ll read The Late George Apley by John Marquand

Here is my list:

  1.  John P. Marquand:  The Late George Apley
  2. Barbara Pym:  Some Tame Gazelle
  3. Somerset Maugham:  Of Human Bondage
  4. John Galsworthy:  The Man of Property
  5. Anthony Trollope:  Autobiography
  6. Elizabeth Taylor:  The Soul of Kindness
  7. Thomas Mann:  Death in Venice
  8. Thomas Hardy:  Desperate Remedies
  9. Henry James:  Daisy Miller
  10. Sinclair Lewis:  The Job:  An American Novel
  11. Edith Wharton: The Bunner Sisters
  12. Clemence Dane:  Regiment of Women
  13. Sarah Orne Jewett:  The Country of the Pointed Firs
  14. Betty Smith:  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  15. Herman Melville:  Benito Cereno
  16. Iris Murdoch:  The Nice and the Good
  17. Anthony Hecht:  Complete Poetry
  18. Elizabeth Bishop:  Complete Poems
  19. Katherine Mansfield:  Short Stories (Complete)
  20. Shakespeare:  King Lear

Author: Gubbinal

Bookish, tea-drinking cat-lady who loves great poetry and music and is in the midst of dying

9 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin Game”

  1. Wishing you A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. A great book. The Mansfield Short Stories are a quick read, I’m glad to have read those. Many on your list are unknown to me as their authors are VERY well known. I just added The Soul of Kindness to my tbr. I adored her Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont.


    1. Thank you! I read “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” when I was a teenager and consider it extremely re-read-worthy. Some of the authors on my list have more obscure titles because I am trying to read everything they wrote. Thank you again.


  2. I hope you get ne 4….A Man of Property, that was a magnificant book!
    Second choice (must read her myself)….nr 19 Katherine Mansefield.
    Hope you get a good book!


    1. Thank you for commenting, N@ncy. I think that they are all good or at the very least promising. Some of them, like the ones by Edith Wharton and Sinclair Lewis are known as minor works, but I’m aiming at full coverage for those authors.

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  3. I’ve only read a couple of your list but my pick would be the Galsworthy. I went through something of a Galsworthy phase in my teens/early twenties and enjoyed them immensely. King Lear is great, of course, but I always prefer watching Shakespeare to reading him. Hope you get one you enjoy!


  4. Hi and thank your commenting on my list! I read The Country of the Pointed Firs this year and really liked the story-telling. Very character driven. And because that is the only book on your list I am familiar with…it’s all I got 🙂 Although I cannot wait to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I can’t believe I never read that.


  5. So many good books. I’m a Death in Venice fan–I must have read that novella at least 3-4 times. I thought I knew all the Hardy novels but haven’t heard of Desperate Remedies.

    Hope you spin a good one!


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