The Classics Club Spin

The Classics ClubIt’s time for another Classics Spin.

I took part in the last Classics Club Spin when the book I read was Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens, a long book (845 pages), so for this spin I fancied reading something shorter.

Here’s my list of ‘shorter’ books – some are very short but there is one very long one of 959 pages (it’s number 12 – what do you bet that will be the number that comes out of the spin!)

  1. Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon by Jane Austen
  2. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
  3. The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan
  4. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  5. A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe
  6. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  7. Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens
  8. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  9. Washington Square by Henry James
  10. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
  11. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  12. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  13. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  14. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  15. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  17. Walden by Henry James Thoreau
  18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  19. The Time Machine by H G Wells
  20. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

8 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin”

  1. Well, as long books go ‘Gone With the Wind’ is not the most difficult of reads. I think the Thoreau or the Defoe would take me longer.


  2. Nice list. I don’t remember Moll being all that short, either… that and Ethan Frome are the only ones I’ve read off your list. Good luck!


  3. Oh, I love Anne of Green Gables very much!

    I hope you get the one you would like! Let’s see, if #12 is chosen I will be reading ‘The Silmarillion’ by J.R.R. Tolkien. Ugh. . .I’ve heard some very terrifying, and some sort of encouraging, things about it.


  4. You can’t lose with that list! I’m rooting for #19 from my own list, so be prepared to read The Time Machine 🙂

    GWTW may be long, but it is very readable and you’ll be surprised how quickly you can get through it. My record was 3 days when I was 17 over Xmas break, but I had nothing else to do and it snowed the entire time!

    I haven’t heard of the Dickens’ piece–sounds like an early work, maybe?


    1. Jane, I’ll be very happy to read The Time Machine – it’s not very long! And I’m keen to read GWTW too.

      The Lazy Tour is actually a joint narrative by Dickens & Wilkie Collins about their walking tour of Cumberland during September 1857.It appeared first in magazines and then book form in 1890.


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