Classics Club Spin #25

Spinning dancer

The Classics Club Spin #25 has arrived and I’ve decided to jump right in and participate.  With my reduced reading time, I wonder why, but I did finish my #23 spin and might even have finished my #24 spin if I didn’t misplace the book. 🙄  In any case, here we go again.


The Rules for the spin are:
  1. Go to your blog.
  2. Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club list.
  3. Post that list, numbered 1 – 20, on your blog by Sunday.
  4. Sunday morning, the Classics Club will announce a number from 1 – 20.  Go to the list of twenty books you posted and select the book that corresponds to the number they announce.
  5. The challenge is to read that book by January 30th 2021.

Apples in AutumnI used the random list organizer here to choose the 20 books from my master list.  Here is my spin list:

  1. Tevye the Dairyman and Moti the Cantor’s Son (1894) – Sholem Aleichem
  2. Dead Souls (1842) – Nikolai Gogol
  3. 1984 (1949) – George Orwell
  4. Troilus & Criseyde (1382-86) – Geoffrey Chaucer
  5. On The Good Life (75 – 71 B.C.) – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  6. The Mill on the Floss (1860) – George Eliot
  7. The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) – James Boswell
  8. On the Imitation of Christ (1418-1427) – Thomas à Kempis
  9. The Consolation of Philosophy (524) – Boethius
  10. Ivanhoe (1820) – Sir Walter Scott
  11. The Republic (380 B.C.) – Plato
  12. Meditations (170-180) – Marcus Aurelius
  13. Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864) – Jules Verne
  14. Works and Days (8th century) – Hesiod
  15. The Decameron (1353) – Giovanni Boccaccio
  16. Tartuffe (1669) – Molière
  17. Crime and Punishment (1866) – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  18. Gorgias (382 B.C.) – Plato
  19. The Forsyte Saga (1906-21) – John Galsworthy
  20. News from Nowhere (1890) – William Morris

I was really happy with these choices considering some that I could have drawn.  I’d like most of them, especially The Decameron (reading slowly already), Dead Souls (attempted a few times), The Mill on the Floss (started in the spring) and Crime and Punishment.  I’m not really dreading any except I’d rather not get Ivanhoe, The Life of Samuel Johnson and The Forsyte Saga, but only because of their length.

So wish me luck ’cause here I go a-spinning!

The Classics Club

35 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #25

    • Yikes, you don’t have time to read either? That’s so sad! I do hope you get some more time for it, especially with winter and the cold weather coming. Be tempted!

  1. You’ve started Decameron! I don’t think I’m going to put it on my spin list but if it does spin up for you, I’ll join in for sure.

    Otherwise some serious stuff! Fr’instance I think it took me longer to read The Republic than it did to read The Forsyte Saga, which moves along pretty well…

    Anyway, hope you get something you like & hope all is well!

    • I’m reading through The Decameron very slowly and I kind of hope I don’t get it so I can continue with my slow plod. I’d like to read some Christmas stories from now until the end of the year and would feel like I’d have to rush if I got it.

      You seem to be on a different sort of reading track lately. And I applaud you for all the poems you read. Always a goal of mine and although I don’t read many, I do read some throughout the year which is more than I would if it wasn’t a goal, lol!

      I’m busy but enjoying myself. The weather here is sometimes like a cool summer day. Hope you are well too!

      • I specifically didn’t identify them, so as not to bias you, but you asked (well, sort of…I’m inferring you asked). But first, not favs – doesn’t mean hated. So, I don’t love 1984, and C&P is maybe my least favorite of Dostoyevsky, whom I usually love.

        • Ah, thanks Joseph. I’m actually not expecting to “like” 1984, but I’m hoping it will be interesting. Dostoyevsky can be so obscure. I think he can be both liked and disliked. But I’m curious now!

  2. I enjoyed Ivanhoe and read bits of the Decameron back in my university days. Will look forward to seeing your result.

    • I’m looking forward to Ivanhoe but not it’s length right now. The Decameron is fun. And yes, I can’t wait until Sunday. Thanks for visiting, Shonna!

  3. That’s a great list. I enjoyed The Mill on the Floss and 1984 and I liked Crime and Punishment a lot more than I’d expected to. Ivanhoe is fun, but certainly not a quick read, so I hope you get something shorter this time!

    • I would really like to get The Mill on the Floss. I began it once and it had a Thomas Hardy-feel to it. I, too, hope for something shorter but we’ll see. Happy spinning to you!

  4. What a varied list! I read Crime and Punishment this year and it was worth it and The Mill on the Floss is in my top 5 closest to my heart category – good luck for Sunday!

    • I’m so glad to hear that about The Mill on the Floss. I think I’m rooting for that one now. Thanks for the wishes, Jane! You have a great spin as well!

    • Ivanhoe is soooo huge!!! I have an enormous edition of it that might kill me if it fell on me, lol! Have a great spin, Emma!

  5. 6 or 17 for me. I’m just past half-way in my 950 page Aussie read for Brona’s challenge this month. Fortunately the book is very readable (The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney) or I’d never finish it.

    • I was wanting to read The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney one Aussie reading challenge …. I think it was the only Aussie book I could find in my library. Are you enjoying it? I’d certainly like to get either of your choices!

  6. Good luck, Cleo! 🤞 I enjoyed Journey to the Centre of the Earth (although not as much as Around the World in Eighty Days) and I also have Ivanhoe on my list, however it is a re-read for me, as I read that many years ago, I remember little to nothing about it! 😅

    • Thanks, Jessica! I’d really like to read through all the Jules Verne novels. I’m sure I’d love Ivanhoe, just not the length right now. However, if you drew it, I’d be so tempted to read it too. Can’t wait until tomorrow!

  7. A very good list, I don’t know all the titles, which is good (discovery, discovery). I also love the pictures you used, they are beautiful 🙂

    • Hi Izabel and welcome! I’m glad I could give you some books to discover as other have done me. Thanks so much for the compliment!

    • I saw News From Nowhere on your list and completely blanked that I had it too. 🙄 Aw! If I get Tevye, I will be sure to bring out the box of Kleenex!

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