Classics Club Spin #10

It's Spin time again!  I'm hoping this one will help to pull me out of my slump, which I am only slowly getting out of (but hey, I just finished Kate Chopin's The Awakening, so there's that).

The rules are simple and can be found here.  Just make a list of 20 books from your classics TBR list, wait for the random number to pop up on Monday, and then you're committed to read whatever you get.

All the excitement of roulette, but for free! Better for your waistline, too.

Since it's getting towards fall, I'm going to load my list up with anything remotely scary that I can find, either because of the story or because it's long, or difficult, or unknown.  Hurry up, fall!  I'm tired of being too hot, and this smoke is the worst.

  1. Gunter Grass, The Tin Drum
  2. Edgar Allen Poe, Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque.
  3. Rilke, Malte Laurids Brigge
  4. Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie  
  5. VS Naipul, Trinidad, 1979. A Bend in the River
  6. Carl Sandburg, Abraham Lincoln: The War Years
  7. Kafka, The Castle
  8.  Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters
  9. T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  10. Moa Martinson, Women and Appletrees
  11. Nathaniel Hawthorne, House of the Seven Gables
  12. Unknown, Japan. The Kojiki
  13. Mario Vargas Llosa, The Feast of the Goat
  14. Eugene D. Genovese, Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made
  15. Grimmelhausen, Simplicissimus
  16. On the Origin of Species, Darwin
  17. Murasaki Shikubu, The Tale of Genji.
  18. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov (this is cheating; I'm reading it in September either way)
  19. Berthold Brecht, The Threepenny Opera
  20. Gregory of Tours, History of the Franks 
Over half of these books are actually sitting around my house, waiting for me to read them....


  1. I love your list! I love Edgar Allan Poe and Franz Kafka, so if you get either of those two you'll enjoy yourself! I also have Wives and Daughters on my list :)

    You can see my list here

  2. Ooh, your list IS pretty scary! I've never read Kafka. The only one on your list that I've read is Wives & Daughters and I just love it, it's one of my favorites. Good luck with your Spin pick!

  3. I hope you get 6 or 8 (as those are the two I'd want to read.) I've read your #9. Excellent!!

  4. I don't remember anything too scary in The Threepenny Opera, but it's been a long time since I've read it. But Kafka scares me big time! I liked The Feast of the Goat. I hope the spin will give you something that pulls you completely out of your slump!

  5. I love your scary list - great idea. The Brothers K is seriously scary in size!

  6. I have a scary list too, but unintentionally. It's the first time for me that such a daunting list has popped up and, of course, it's just when I have reduced reading time. I have Wives and Daughters on my list too AND it's number 8, so if that number pops up, we'll be reading it together! I think that's a first for me too.

    Hope you have a great spin!


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