Classics Club Spin #18

The newly revised Classics Club is kicking off with a Spin!  Habitual readers know the drill, and new ones can join in by reading the CC Spin rules.  The winning number will be announced on the 1st of August.

The catch is that I will be out of town on the 1st. I just got back from a trip, but I can't stay off the road and I'm leaving for 8 days or so, which means I'll probably miss out on several days' worth of Spin reading time.  The time frame is a little shorter this time around and I'll only have until the 31st of August -- which time is meant to be spent on the 20 Books of Summer project.  So there's a fairly good chance that I'll end up with quite a reading job!

Here's my list -- which I have not made any easier than usual, I must say I find Roderick Random pretty terrifying:

  1.  Walls of Jericho, by Rudolph Fisher
  2. The Palm-Wine Drinkard, by Tutuola
  3.  The Elder Edda  (Poetic Edda)
  4.  The Zelmenyaners, by Moyshe Kulbak
  5. The Bride of Lammermoor, by Sir Walter Scott
  6. Jurgen, by James Branch Cabell 
  7. First Love and Other Stories, by Turgenev
  8. Lais of Marie de France
  9. Constellation Myths, by Eratosthenes and Hyginus  
  10. Keep the Aspidistra Flying, by George Orwell
  11. Memoirs of the Crusades
  12. The White Devil, by John Webster
  13. The Journal of a Tour Through the Hebrides, by Boswell
  14. Aleph and stories, by Jorge Luis Borges
  15. The Adventures of Random Random, by Tobias Smollett  
  16. The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis 
  17. Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange (Medieval Arabic stories)
  18. Franny and Zooey, by J. D. Salinger
  19. The Green Face, by Gustav Meyrink
  20. The Well at the End of the World, by William Morris
Most of these are books that I have on the shelf, or possibly on my tablet.  Might as well try to shrink that ever-growing pile...


  1. Glad you can join us even though you’ll be very busy by the sounds of things.
    Next spin will have a longer reading time I promise 😊

  2. Ahaha, the funny thing is that I usually WISH for a shorter reading time, because it always seemed too long before!

  3. Somehow I know that you are going to find a way to make your way through whatever book is randomly selected for you. Anyone who would boldly choose so many daunting books for a classics list also has the fortitude to finish a difficult text in a short amount of time.

    I will, in any case, wish you good luck!

  4. Wow, that's quite the eclectic list. I hope you get one you enjoy!

  5. So many books on your list I don't recognise. My own spin list now feels rather safe in comparison:

  6. "Eclectic" and "gambler" are my middle names! :)

  7. I am thinking about joining in on the Classics Club, coming up with a new list would be fun.

  8. Wow Jean, this is a very unique list. Not sure I've seen these books on many other's list. Great job! Are you hoping for any number in particular?

  9. Do it, Tracy! Join us! There are no cookies, but it's fun anyway.

    You know, I don't know that I have a strong preference this time. These are all books I want to read (OK, I'm not really in the mood for Thomas a Kempis this week). A couple would help me with other challenges, like The White Devil (which I *just* found on the donation table, lucky me). And the medieval Arabic storied book is GIANT and scary.

  10. These are some really interesting choices. I haven't even heard of many of them. I hope you get a good one!

  11. I just read on Brona's blog've participated in ALL 18 spins!


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