Wednesday 5 November 2014

Classics Club Spin #8

In the past I've carefully collated my Classic Club Spin to include connecting links to other bloggers reading the same book.

However, it is AusReading Month during November so this time around I wanted to highlight as many Aussie classics as possible.
I only have 5 left on my classics club list as I read quite a few during last year's AusReading Month.

I've also cheated a little by only picking small sized classics.
I definitely do not need another chunkster in my life right now!

My previous spins have been mostly successful and/or enjoyable:


#1 The Magnificent Ambersons with Cat.

#2 Tess of the D'Urbervilles with Lakeside Musings & Several Four Many.

#3 My Cousin Rachel.

#4 The Brothers Karamazov with Bree who also read a Dostoyevsky novel for this spin.
I'm still reading this chunkster...very slowly...and with lots of breaks. A good editor would have been helpful :-)

#5 The Odyssey with Plethora of Books.
This one was a bit of a cheat as I had started it for another readalong, but struggled to finish.
I added it to my list to motivate me to finish it.
When no. 20 spun up it seemed like the gods had decreed it so!

#6 No Name by Wilkie Collins with Melbourne on My Mind.

#7 Silent Spring by Rachel Carson with Booker Talk.

So without any further is my list with a twist for CC Spin #8.


1. The Dig Tree by Sarah Murgatroyd
2. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
3. The Great World by David Malouf (reread)
4. Swords of Crowns and Rings by Ruth Park
5. The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrower


6. A Good School by Richard Yates
7. The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck
8. My Antonia by Willa Cather  (shared author with JoAnn @Lakeside Musing)
9. Stoner by John Williams
10. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald


11. Dubliners by James Joyce          (reading with Sandra @That is the Day)
12. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell         (reading with Melissa @ Jayne's Books    
13. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
14. A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark
15. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte   (reading with Melissa @ Jayne's Books - Melissa for some strange reason I am unable to leave comments on your blog. I've tried filling in the boxes but it never lets me click on the wordpress or intensedebate options. Help!)


16. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
17. Corinne, or Italy by Staël
18. The Dream by Emile Zola    (shared author with Cleo @Classical Carousel)
19. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
20. Death in Venive by Thomas Mann    (shared with Andrew @Book Heathen)

On Monday 10th, the Classics Club will do their magic mumbo jumbo and the lucky spin number will be revealed!
What will you be reading?

Monday - The lucky spin this time around is the unlucky 13!
When I get to number 13 in Big Book of Numbers I will be able to tell you why 13 is considered unlucky.
But for now I have Vile Bodies to read by January 5th 2015.


  1. Oh, if I finish my Zola spin choice, L'Argent, The Dream is actually next in order. Could I get both done to read along with you? Yipes, I'm really not sure! I think we have until January 7th to finish so it may work for December. Out of Africa looks good to me. It's not short but it's such a nice, undemanding read.

    Best of luck with your spin!

  2. I'm keeping my fingers crossed no chunksters will happen too. You have a great list and I hope the spin is kind. :-)

  3. Anonymous5/11/14

    I have not yet decided if I will spin....#8. Still pondering....
    Yeah, for Ruth Park selection in the Australian catagory.
    Le Reve ( Zola.,,) wonderful book. Zola needed something light after La Terre (brutal) and Germinal (exhausting),,,this is it! I read it last year.

  4. What a diverse list! I'd be very happy to read Willa Cather with you this spin... fingers crossed.

  5. I like your thinking - I've gone just with books I really want to read this time. We have The Tenant of Wildfell Hall in common and I have George Sand too but a different book, and I loved The Getting of Wisdom when I read it a little while ago.

    I do hope the spin will bring you a book to love.

  6. Anonymous6/11/14

    I'm glad you listed some Australian classics here. When I made my categories, I was thinking that I don't know any classic authors from Australia. I've heard of Malouf, but the rest are unknown to me. So I'll jot them down, maybe for the next spin... Good luck on Monday!

    1. You can also click on Miles & Stella in the top tabs for lists of Australian award winning books to help you with your list!

  7. Anonymous9/11/14

    Hallo, Hallo Brona!

    Thank you for giving me such a wink of joy on my blog tonight! :) We share an interest in a few books:

    Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell & The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

    I do not have a reading partner, but I can say that I find it quite remarkable how a few of us have picked the same novels at the same time! :) Especially given the choices of what we could have picked to read!? I find it most incredible! I must admit, I do not know many 'classics' from Australia and when I can I want to re-visit your blog in an effort to gain more insight! Australian Lit is one of my long-term goals to pursue reading in earnest! I love reading literature from around the world, but there are times I am not sure where to start!


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