The Return of the Spins

The Classic Club Spin has been one of my favorite reading activities. Thanks to this activity, I have read many books, which I would NOT have ventured into and in hindsight I know I would have missed out on such great and enriching works! Work and personal life however for last one year has been crazy, forcing me to let go of several spins and while I did feel upset about missing out on quality reading, there was very little I could do! I was planning to miss this spin as well, but then, I realized that I cannot always keep leaving out things that I truly enjoy for the things that must be done. I really cannot after a point get anything done, if I do not keep evolving myself and reading Classics is surely one of the best ways to do that. Furthermore, Cleo, my soul sister and my partner in crime whose life is equally busy and chaotic, has decided to plunge into this Spin and like always inspired me to join her madcap adventures. So, here, I am ready to Spin again.

The rules are simple and I quote directly from the CC Spin Page

  • At your blog, before next Monday 22nd April 2019, create a post that lists twenty books of your choice that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.
  • This is your Spin List.
  • You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the spin period.


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Ivan Kramskoy – Reading Woman (portrait of artist’s wife) From Wikimedia Commons

I usually pick books randomly, but Cleo again got me hooked on this randomizer and when I ran my Classic’s list, this is what came up as my first 20 –

  1. 9 The Eustace Diamond by Anthony Trollope
  2. 14 Wives and Daughter by Elizabeth Gaskell
  3. 1 The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarrington
  4. 16 So Big by Edna Ferber
  5. 15 Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  6. 2 The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  7. 30 And Quiet Flows The Dawn by Mikhail Alexandrovich Sholokhov
  8. 12 The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope
  9. 21 Son Excellence Eugène Rougon by Emile Zola
  10. 40 The Meghadūta by Kālidāsa
  11. 22 The Kill by Emilie Zola
  12. 46 Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck
  13. 17 The Rig Veda; Translated by Wendy Donier
  14. 27 The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
  15. 25 Mr. Harrison’s Confession by Elizabeth Gaskell
  16. 26 The Bucaneers by Edith Wharton
  17. 39 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  18. 29 Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
  19. 24 Tales of South Pacific by James A Michener
  20. 41 Kumarasambhava by Kalidasa

Some of these books, I really want to get to like, #3, #10 and #12; while others like #7 kind of scare me; but then, I know for a fact that books which I found intimidating were the ones I ended up loving the most! Thus, now I await Monday and the lottery of what I shall finally read!

Happy Spinning everyone!


29 thoughts on “The Return of the Spins

  1. What a great list, you have some of my favorites! I loved Travels with Charley (my first ever Steinbeck); Wives & Daughters; and anything by Trollope is usually wonderful. I also liked The Buccaneers , Edith Wharton is one of my favorites. And I haven’t read Son Excellence Eugene Rougon (I’m currently reading The Fortune of the Rougons) so I’m curious about that one as well. Good luck with your spin pick!

    1. I love Steinbeck but never got around to reading Travels with Charley. I totally agree with you about Trollope and feel the same way about most of Gaskell’s work! I really really like Wharton as well, so, yes I have some clear favorites here! I loved, literally loved The Fortunes of Rougons, and hope you will enjoy it as well! Thank You for your kind wishes!

  2. 3 of your choices are previous spin books for me – I loved So Big, The Magnificent Ambersons and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. But because I’ve just finished a Zola, & given what has happening in Paris today, I wish you an extraordinary French classic this spin.

    1. I have heard such great things about all the three books, it’s just weird that I have not gotten around to reading them. The Magnificent Ambersons infact is my oldest TBR on GR….go figure! I hope to read Zola anyway, because, of exactly the reasons you stated, regardless of the Spin, though it may take a while longer than a month!

  3. Ha, ha, that’s me …. madcap! And I have one friend who calls me a monkey so you must have me pegged well. 😀

    I’ve read 6 of the books on your list but if you spin Wives and Daughters or The Buccaneers I might be tempted to join you. If you spin The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy I will definitely join you although I can’t promise that I’ll be finished in a month. Is it my imagination but didn’t the reading time for our spins used to be longer? I’ll have to go and check. In any case, spin away and I hope you get a choice that is just perfect! 🙂

    1. Lol!! Yes, you are madcap, but so am I, so we give each other company!! You have already read 6?? Wow! Hey, we had a deal about Wives and Daughter, ages ago, when the earth was young; so we read it together, whenever we read it. You are welcome to take more than a month!! I will need support for Tristram Shandy so, please do join in! I think the Spin time used to be longer but could be wrong; we can check with the moderators! thank you for your wishes! I hope the same for you as well, my friend!

    1. Jean – I love that description, it will keep me laughing through some bad and boring meetings tomorrow! long and scary…I love these Russian novels, but that’s exactly what they are! Good Luck with your Spin as well! Hope you get to read, what you want to read!

  4. That’s a great list. I really enjoyed Wives and Daughters, The Eustace Diamonds and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Mr Harrison’s Confessions is a lovely book too and very short, if you’re hoping for a shorter one. Good luck on Monday!

  5. If you want #10, I want you to have number #10! I’ve never read it and I’d really enjoy your report.

    That said, I do think both Dombey & Son and Travels With Charlie are really good.

    1. The Meghadūta by Kālidāsa…I know it’s awesome! Many moons ago my dad had read me the original Sanskrit version and I was astounded! I agree on Steinbeck but I have struggled with Dombey and Sons, though I usually love Dickens! May be the magic will work this time!

  6. Quite some interesting names here. I want to read So Big now, after just finishing Saratoga Trunk which I loved. And Quiet Flows the Don, is something to bite into. I have four parts of the book, but have to admit I gave them away without reading them. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a favourite and such a mature book by Anne Brontë. Still valid today. Good luck with your spin.

    1. Thank You so much!! I think Jean described these Russian classics very well when she said those long scary Russian novels. They are all very enriching and very intimidating! But I do want to give this shot! I have heard great things about Ann Bronte and I will read her work soon, spin or no spin!

  7. I use that list randomizer every time… from my first spin! And this looks like a fantastic list. Good mix of stuff.

    1. Thank You!! I think I have a couple of “heavy duty” reads but I do look forward to them! I had no idea about the randomizer, but now that I know, I am so going to use, in future!

  8. I think Travels with Charley is my favourite on your list, by the end of that I felt like Steinbeck was a friend, but I also loved The Eustace Diamonds and And Quite Flows the Don.

    1. I generally love everything by Steinbeck! So I will be super kicked if I got travels with Charley. I have heard great things about And Quiet Flows the Dawn, though I do find the whole novel a bit intimidating!

  9. I am reading His Excellency Eugene Rougon right now; not my favorite Zola, but it’s still interesting. The Kill is also a good choice!
    Tenant if Wildfell Hall is my favorite!
    Have fun with the spin!

    1. Thank You so much! I loved The Fortunes of Ragouns but could not get started on Eugene Rougon. And I wanted to read this in the series as described by Zola so I need to get through this one for The Kill. I have a feeling I will read The Tenet soon even if I do not get it as a Spin book, considering all the great stuff I am hearing about the book!

  10. Great list! I haven’t read any of the titles here (yet), but I love Gaskell and really look forward to reading Wives and Daughters one of these days. Happy reading!

    1. Thank You! I love Gaskell too and I have actually been holding off to Wives and Daughters because I feel that would be the end of all the best writings of Gaskell!

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