Sunday, 19 April 2020

The Classics Club Spin #23

The rules are easy: compile your list of 20 books by Sunday 19th April.

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

You have until the 1st June 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 #23
  1. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle                      shared author with Joseph @The Once Lost Wanderer
  2. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather                               shared read with Fanda @ClassicLit
  3. The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen & David M Shapard           shared with Jessica @Bookworm Chronicles
  4. Alexander's Bridge by Willa Cather                                   shared author with Mary @Notes in the Margin
  5. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins                                     shared author with Fanda @ClassicLit
  6. The Cardboard Crown by Martin Boyd
  7. Hiroshima by John Hersey
  8. The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura                                
  9. The Mabinogion translated by Sioned Davies
  10. The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima
  11. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens                                          shared read with Margaret @Books Please
  12. Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee                                         shared author with Reese @Typings
  13. Red Sky at Sunrise (trilogy) by Laurie Lee                          shared read with Hopewell's Library of Life            
  14. The Key by Junichiro Tanizaki                   
  15. Coonaroo by Katharine Susannah Prichard                                  
  16. A Dance to the Music of Time: Spring by Anthony Powell
  17. A Mere Chance by Ada Cambridge
  18. Lives of the Caesars by Suetonius                              
  19. Laura: A Journey into the Crystal by George Sand
  20. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf                                         shared author with Laila @Big Reading Life

My Previous 22 Spin Results:

Happy Spinning!


  1. Again, I love your "read with others" type spin! I'm very curious about Little Dorrit and it's been so long since I've read a Dickens that I might have to pick one up soon! But my vote would be for Lives of the Caesars (no surprise, huh? ­čśë) Suetonius was supposed to have been a gossip so it should be interesting. Have a great spin, Brona!

    1. I've tried to be quite international in my choices this spin, but a trip to Ancient Rome via Suetonius is the only way I'll get there for quite some time I imagine :-/

  2. I love your habit too, but sadly none of yours are on my list -- which I haven't even compiled yet! Little Dorrit is pretty good though. Here I go to make my list...

    1. Thrilled to see your list pop up - you're my CC buddy, through thick and thin, ALL 23!
      I'd be very happy with a Dickens this time - what with a Dewey readathon coming up next weekend and lots more spare time to devout to bigger books atm. There's always a silver lining :-)

    2. I got Richard Mahony! Fun!

    3. So if I have history questions, how should I ask you? So far I think it's pretty clear; theyr'e in the Ballarat gold fields, which I looked up, and the article said that there was a miners' revolt that resulted in men getting the vote. And sure enough, now they're arguing about politics. So I'm guessing it's about 1853 or so. It's pretty fun, because I live in California gold country, and it all sounds SO FAMILIAR. Ha!

    4. Yes, you got it. The Eureka Stockade, which is covered in the book, in 1854 is one of those BIG milestones in Australian history. It was the first time the Southern Cross flag was flown by the diggers (which is where we also get the name that Aussie soldiers are now known by). The southern cross is the star pattern now on our flag, although the design is different to the original digger's flag. The stockade became a byword for rebellion or anti-colonial/government sentiment. The Irish featured heavily in the rebellion, so there was quite a bit of old-country old-feeling brought into the dispute. It was a fairly ramshackle rebellion, however the average Aussie has claimed is at a significant moment in our history. If you google Eureka stockade you'll get decent background info too.

    5. Yeah! I saw a photo of the flag. Which is a good deal prettier than the original California flag -- we had a very similar ramshackle rebellion. In fact I was amused to see that my mom wrote about it the other day, take a look at the story --

  3. Oooh. It would be fun to trade notes on Virginia Woolf. If the library opens up again before the end of May I might even try to get the biography myself. Otherwise I'm curious about that Wilkie Collins which I haven't read.

    1. It's been a while since I read a Collins, so feel very ready to enter into his world again. I've just been reading some Katherine Mansfield short stories which made me think about Virginia, as they were friends, or at least friendly. I'd like to read a bio about KM too.

  4. I'd love to read Song of the Lark with you, or even buddy reading Collins. It will add the fun! Now I'm nervous with the waiting.. :))

    1. I hope you get a good one Fanda!

  5. Here's hoping for #1 now. Cheers

  6. Interesting list! I highly recommend The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, there is so much great background included. I also loved Little Dorrit and I'm very curious about The Dead Secret, I love Wilkie Collins and I haven't read that one. Also loving all your previous spin picks!

  7. That is an ambitious list, or so it seems to me. I think I may have read something by Willa Cather years ago but now I need to try her books again.

    1. My main dread is the VW bio. It's a HUGE book with tiny, tiny print, closely spaced!
      Everything else, I'll be happy with.


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