Classics Spin #25!

 Hooray, it's that time again, and we're going to have a Spin!  This is the 25th Spin, which must be some kind of anniversary, right?

We all know the rules (and if you don't, just click on that link up there), so let's get right to the list.  The Spin Number will be announced on Sunday, and the deadline won't be until January 30, 2021, so this is a good time to load up the list with terrifying doorstops of books!

  1.  Diary of London, by Boswell 
  2.  The Gray Earth, by Galsan Tshinag
  3.  The Eustace Diamonds, by Anthony Trollope
  4.  Thus Were Their Faces, by Silvina Ocampo
  5. The Female Quixote, by Charlotte Lennox
  6.  The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo
  7.  The Well at the End of the World, by William Morris
  8.  The Black Arrow, by R. L. Stevenson 
  9.  For Two Thousand Years, by Mihail Sebastian 
  10.  Our Mutual Friend, by Charles Dickens
  11.  Oblomov, by Goncharov
  12. Marriage, by (somebody...)
  13.  Stories by Nick Joaquin
  14. Lorna Doone, by R. D. Blackmore 
  15. The Four Quartets, by T. S. Eliot
  16.  The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis
  17.  News from Nowhere, by William Morris
  18. Stalingrad, by Vasily Grossman
  19.  The Idiot, by Dostoyevsky
  20. Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome

A lot of the books on my CC list are not currently easy for me to get, so I'm trying to stick with books that are easily available as things are right now.  That makes my choices a little limited.



  1. Ooo, I hope that you get Swallows and Amazons, although Diary of London looks interesting too. I have his diaries of the Netherlands, I think. I might join you for Oblomov and News From Nowhere but, as you know, my joining track record has not been great lately, although at least I'm still reading Udolpho! Can't wait to see what you get!

  2. Nice list, I loved 6 . Which would be Kusamakura by Soseki for me:

  3. I think Our Mutual Friend is very good, but I want you to get Galsan Tshinag--I've never even heard of him!

  4. I haven't read any of your list, but the Anthony Trollope one does draw my attention.

    Good Luck and here's my Elza Reads #CCSpin 25

  5. Jean, I haven't read any of these, but I would like to read more by Victor Hugo and Robert Louis Stevenson (apparently an ancestor of mine 😉) Good luck! 🤞😃

  6. I've only read a few of these. Dickens, and his fan Dostoyevsky have yet to disappoint me. Enjoy!

  7. Marriage by Susan Ferrier, I plan on reading it too :) Great list !

  8. I am a huge fan of Trollope and The Eustace Diamonds is one of the best! I also loved Our Mutual Friend. I do love a big fat Victorian novel.

  9. I loved Notre Dame! So far I haven’t met a Hugo work I haven’t loved. 😊


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