Friday 7 August 2020

Classics Club Spin #24

It's time for another Classics Club Spin.
The rules are easy: compile your list of 20 books by Sunday 9th August.

On that day a number will be randomly selected.
That's the book you read.

You have until the 30th September 2020 to finish your book and review it.

Join in the fun by visiting the other players and commenting on their lists.
It's a great way to meet like-minded bloggers and explode your TBR classics wishlist!

I do like to read my CC Spin with another if I can, although it's getting harder to find common titles as many of us move onto our second or even third Spin Lists.
If you spot a book match or author match with your list, please let me know before the magic number is selected on Sunday, I can then tweek my list to suit.

CC Spin #24
  1. The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen & David M Shapard    shared read with AustinFey
  2. Laura: A Journey into the Crystal by George Sand   shared author with Sue @Book Obsessed
  3. Hiroshima by John Hersey                          
  4. Alexander's Bridge by Willa Cather                          shared author with Reese @Typings         
  5. The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura                                  
  6. The Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin       shared read with Cirtnecce @Mockingbirds, Looking Glasses & Prejudices
  7. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins                            shared author with Helen @She Reads Novels and Katie's Cottage Books 
  8. The Mabinogion translated by Sioned Davies
  9. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens                                shared read with Margaret @BooksPlease
  10. The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima                                       
  11. Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee                               shared author with Reese @Typings
  12. Red Sky at Sunrise (trilogy) by Laurie Lee                       
  13. The Key by Junichiro Tanizaki                   
  14. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf                              shared author with Margaret @BooksPlease
  15. A Dance to the Music of Time: Spring by Anthony Powell
  16. A Mere Chance by Ada Cambridge
  17. Lives of the Caesars by Suetonius                              
  18. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  19. Coonaroo by Katharine Susannah Prichard   
  20. 1788 by Watkin Tench                                      

My Previous 23 Spin Results:

Happy Spinning!


  1. All right, just to start my weeks of serious reading after many months with my thoughts on the news
    ...I will create a very simple CC spin it kicking and screaming.
    It is so difficult to start over...start blocking out the world and read.
    Perhaps is it the escape I so desperately need.
    If I had to pick a book on your list it would be "Hiroshima" by John Hersey.
    We have all seen the images coming out of Beirut and that 'bomb' was only
    1/10 of the power of the Hiroshima bomb. Can you imagine the devastation that occured 75 years ago?
    No more a few biscuits and hup...create my spin list!

    1. I hope this helps you find the escape from that the news that you obviously need.

      I only watch the nightly news, but not even that every night these days. I catch the headlines on the radio at different times throughout the day and I see the occasional Covid Australia update on my phone. That's more than enough. Anymore would depress me.
      As a result I'm reading more than I've ever read before. I'm just struggling to blog about them! I'm part way through a book called Fracture by Andre Neuman an Argentinian writing a book set in Japan. The main character survived Hiroshima and the earthquake of 2011, which has got me thinking of the Hersey book too.

      But I'd be keen to get another Aust classic too.

    2. I have a few Aussie's on my #ccspin list....but not any classics
      I should read another Thea Astley and I must mention
      that I so enjoyed a short story collection by Amy Witting "Marriages"
      Stories are short and the concept of marriage is a wonderful subject!
      Usually I keep up with Aussie awards (short- and longlists) but this year I have not
      had the drive to do any research. I will try to find some books if interest.
      I did add The Yield to my #ccspin...remembering how much you liked it. Any more suggestions?

    3. The Yield has just won this years Miles Franklin so I hope you read it soon with or without the spin. My Aust reading has been a bit light on lately too...
      Fathoms was a wonderful narrative nonfiction about whales & Truganini was a fascinating read about the ‘last’ Tasmanian Aboriginal woman.

      It’s not an Aussie book, but I think you might also enjoy The Parisian by Isabella Hammad.

      Good luck & I hope this break from the world of news does you good xoxo

    4. Thanks for your feedback!

  2. That's an excellent edition of P&P, the annotations are great. I haven't read that Wilkie Collins but I've loved nearly all his novels, I'm intrigued by that one! And I love the array of your previous spin picks, now I want to go back and look at all of mine. Good luck with your spin pick!

    1. I collected most of the annotated Austen's a few years ago but have only read one so far - keen to do more.

  3. Nice list! I vote for the Mabinogion, just because. :)

    1. I'ma ctually a little nervous about that one. I started it a few years ago, but didn't get very far....

  4. Wow - are you planning on reading the full version of The Dream of the Red Chamber? I have it in 5 very long Penguin Classics volumes - have only read the first so far, but have volume 2 (603pp) on my CC spin list. I am assuming you have a different version, as my version is called The Story of the Stone. I read an abridged version many years ago when I was studying Chinese at uni - loved it!

    1. No!! It's the abridged version for sure!
      I love Chinese literature and history, but my love does have some boundaries :-)
      I really admire that you have backed up for the LONG version with your second reading of the book. Bravo!

  5. So A Study in Scarlet for you. I hope it is lovely and diverting.

  6. We missed our shared reads! But I think you'll like Study in Scarlet even if it's just Sherlock Holmes getting started...

  7. Ah you spun A Study in Scarlet, how fun! It's not my favorite Holmes story (which is The Hound of the Baskervilles), but it's a nice introduction to the detective and Dr. Watson. Enjoy!

  8. Wow, I only read five of your 23 novels and one of those on your list (Little Dorrit). Looking forward to seeing how you like this one. I got "The Wizard of Oz". Here is my Classics Spin list.


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