Classics Club Spin #27 List

Well, these spins have 2 out of 3 + success rate for me (I say over 2 out of 3 because I at least started The Idiot which I’ve again put on this list) which is pretty good.

  1. An Anton Chekhov novel
  2. A Good Man is Hard to Find or other Flannery O’Connor novel
  3. A Toni Morrison novel
  4. Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  5. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  6. Cymbelline
  7. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  8. Grapes of Wrath and/or East of Eden and/or Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
  9. Henry VI, Part 1
  10. Henry VI, Part 2
  11. Henry VI, Part 3
  12. Henry VIII
  13. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  14. O’ Pioneers and/or Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
  15. One Thousand Leagues Under the Sea or another novel by Jules Verne
  16. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  17. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  18. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
  19. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
  20. Walden by Henry Thoreau


  • Elizabeth

    There’s so many classics out there! I don’t really know anything about most of these books. Sounds like a good list though! I’m curious what you’ll think of the ones that you do end up reading.
    I’ve read 2 maybe three of these, The Old Curiosity Shop I know I read, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Have you read any Jules Verne before?
    Are the Henry ones more Summer related? I keep meaning to read Shakespeare.

    Also this reminded me of the time I read the Mysterious Island years ago which it’s a sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and while I don’t remember it very well I do remember that after the group from the first book (this is sort of a spoiler, but it’s also kind of not mostly because I feel like you do know it’s probably bound to happen) ends up escaping/leaving and Captain Nemo has been like ‘Don’t tell anyone about me. That’s my one condition’ and then in the sequel there’s this group of guys stranded on an island and they’re trying to survive. (this one is a spoiler) Sometimes the group seems to get unexplained help and none of them can figure out what’s going on. Turns out it’s Captain Nemo and these guys as soon as they meet him are excited saying ‘you’re the Captain Nemo guy!’ and he’s like ‘those guys on my submarine told people about me didn’t they?’ and they’re essentially like ‘Yep, actually they wrote a book called 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea pretty much immediately after and it’s a best seller. Everybody is talking about you’ and at least for me it was the longest, most deadpan silence I’ve ever read in a classic book and I remember that I laughed a lot.

    • Rachel Olivia

      There are an insane number of classics out there. I’m already starting a new list!

      Well, I had to stretch summer to mean NOT moody and fallish-wintery (like Macbeth).

      I think Mom read Around the World in 80 Days to us, but I hardly remember anything. I’m going to have to read that sequel you mention, it sounds cool.

      • Elizabeth

        I can’t quite remember what I thought of the sequel. It wasn’t my favourite Jules Verne of the few that I’ve read anyways, It was kind of the usual British Guys stranded on an island and they try to survive and there’s probably a pig that gets ‘gloriously roasted’ in it somewhere. It seems like it was sort of the popular genre at the time. But again it’s been a long time so I honestly can’t remember. I think I liked everything with Captain Nemo in it though.

    • Rachel Olivia

      I would be going in blind to Brideshead Revisited which I love doing, but I’m not looking forward to GWTW, I skimmed it in my teens or early twenties, everybody is so unlikeable, and I just couldn’t force myself to watch the movie, but it’s such a, I don’t know, significant book? Or so talked about?

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