Wednesday 5 August 2020

The Classics Club: The Classics Spin #24

"Words and Peace" is a blog I've been following for a couple of years and I have always found some interesting new books there, especially French ones.

For a while, she published posts by "The Classics Club" asking us to create a post, before next Sunday 9th August 2020, and list our choice of any twenty books that remain "to be read" on our Classics Club list. On Sunday 9th August, they’ll post a number from 1 through 20 and we have time until the end of September (30th) to read it.

I missed the last posts but managed to participate anyway. So, I already read six books from my old list which I replaced by some new ones. They are all in chronological order.

1.    Austen, Jane "Sanditon" - 1817
2.    Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von "Italienische Reise" (Italian Journey aka Letters from Italy) - 1817
3.    Eichendorff, Joseph von "Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts und andere Novellen" (Life of a Good-For-Nothing) - 1826
4.    Gogol, Nikolai (Никола́й Васи́льевич Го́голь, Nikolay Vasilyevich Gogol) "The Overcoat" (Шинель) - 1842
5.    Dumas, Alexandre "Le comte de Monte-Cristo" (The Count of Monte Cristo) - 1844-46
6.    Douglass, Frederick "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" - 1845
7.    Sand, George "Fadette" (aka Fanchon, the Cricket) (La Petite Fadette) - 1849
8.    Crafts, Hannah "The Bondwoman’s Narrative" - 1855-69
9.    Keller, Gottfried "Novellen" (Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe u.a.) "Novellas" (A Village Romeo and Juliet and others) - 1855/56
10.    Eliot, George "Silas Marner" (Silas Marner) - 1861
11.    Jacobs, Harriet Ann (Linda Brent) "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" - 1861
12.    Rhoides, Emmanuel (Emmanuel Roidis) "The Curious History of Pope Joan" (Papissa Ioanna) - 1866
13.    Marx, Karl "Das Kapital. Kritik der politischen Ökonomie" (Capital. Critique of Political Economy) - 1867
14.    Twain, Mark "A Tramp Abroad" - 1880
15.    Storm, Theodor "The Rider on the White Horse" (Der Schimmelreiter und andere Erzählungen) - 1888
16.    Van Dyke, Henry "The Story of the Other Wise Man" - 1896
17.    Hubbard, Fra Elbert "A Message to Garcia" - 1899 - The Classics Spin #25
18.    Baum, L. Frank "The Wizard of Oz" - 1900 - The Classics Spin #24
19.    Gorki, Maxim "The Mother" (Мать/Matj) - 1906/07
20.    Frost, Robert "A Boy’s Will" and "North of Boston" - 1913+1914

If you want to take up the challenge, here is the post: The Classics Spin #24 

"This is your Spin List. 

You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the spin period.

Try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you have been putting off, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favourite author, re-reads, ancients, non-fiction, books in translation - whatever you choose.)

On Sunday 9th August, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by 30th September, 2020."

The reason I've been putting off reading them is because my TBR pile is so huge. I love classics, I want to read them, and I love how I actually read more classical books than before.

I will add the chosen number once it's published. I will also add every other book I read afterwards with a link to the spin.

Here are all the books on my original Classics Club list.
And here is a list of all the books I read with the Classics Spin.


  1. I wish you 5, my favorite here. But it's huge, whereas 4, which I just read (, is super short, a short story

    1. Thank you, Emma. Those two will be my next ones then after whatever number I get.

      As I said on your post, I have only read one of the books (not my favourite, I must say but still worth reading).

      Thanks for your visit.

  2. I wonder which one you will get! I have The Count of Monte Cristo sitting on my "long books" shelf and hope to get to it this year.

    1. As I just said to Emma ^^, I will have to read that one after whatever number I get. 😃

  3. The Lucky Spin number was drawn here and it's number 18.

    Which means, I'll be reading The Wizard of Oz next. That's good because I might not have read it if it wasn't on my list.