Classics Club Spin #30

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Another Classics Club Spin and another time I shouldn’t participate but I’m going to in any case.  I did participate in Spin #29 in a different way (by private post) and a different manner (you’ll see …) and have nearly finished Journey to Peppermint Street by Meindert de Jong which is part of my Children’s Classics Project.

The Rules for the Classics Club Spin #30 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 August 7, 2022.

Old Books Romance Rose

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

  1. Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1898) – Jerome K. Jerome
  2. The Voyage of Argo (3rd century) – Apollonius of Rhodes
  3. Pensées (1669) – Blaise Pascal
  4. Huckleberry Finn (1884) – Mark Twain
  5. Aristotle, Ethics (330 B.C.) – Aristotle
  6. The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) – James Boswell
  7. Mary Barton (1848) – Elizabeth Gaskell
  8. The Mill on the Floss (1860) – George Eliot
  9. Theogony (8th century) – Hesiod
  10. The Republic (380 B.C.) – Plato
  11. The Faerie Queene (1590-1596) – Edmund Spenser
  12. Crime and Punishment (1866) – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  13. The Consolation of Philosophy (524) – Boethius
  14. The Praise of Folly (1509) – Eramus
  15. Moll Flanders (1722) – Daniel Defoe
  16. She Stoops to Conquer (1773) – Oliver Goldsmith
  17. Shirley (1849) – Charlotte Brontë
  18. Animal Farm (1945) – George Orwell
  19. The Prince (1513) – Niccolo Machiavelli
  20. The Forsyte Saga (1906-21) – John Galsworthy

I’d be happy with Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, Huckleberry Finn, The Life of Samuel Johnson or The Mill on the Floss.  On the other hand, I’m praying that I won’t get Ethics, The Republic or The Fairie Queene.  Yikes!

As with Spin #29, instead of doing a new post, I’m going to simply announce the winner below and, to make it easier to complete at least one book, I’m going to choose a book from my Guardians Listmy Shakespeare Project and my Children’s Classics Project, with no deadline date, just a dedication to read.

Wooden Trail

Classics Club Winner:  Aristotle, Ethics (oh, my!)

Guardians Book List Winner:  The Westminster Alice by Saki

Shakespeare Winner:  Henry VI, Part I

Children’s List Winner:  Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter


Other Spins:

Classics Club #28 Winner

Classics Club Spin #27 Winner

Classics Club Spin #26 Winner

Classics Club Spin #25 Winner


Photo #1 courtesy of Adina Voicu on Pixabay


16 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #30

    • I thought I should give some attention to my other challenges as well and it’s worked! Thanks and hope you’re doing well!

  1. On the one hand, I don’t want you to get Crime & Punishment, because it took me MONTHS to read it. On the other hand… I’m super curious to hear your thoughts on it! 😀 It’s pretty fresh in my mind from this past winter.

    Also if you ever just want to chat and catch up, feel free to email me! We can pen pal (or Zoom if you like)? My email is:

    P.S. I did get a comment from Mudpuddle back in April… he said he was feeling burnt out and needed to take a break. Haven’t heard anything from him since though :/

    • I wish I’d spun Crime and Punishment but it’s Aristotle for me. It might be a better read for me though, all things considered. Have you read The Brothers Karamazov yet? I loved that one! I’d like to read it again soon.

      Thanks so much for your contact information, Marian! I will definitely chat with you soon. It would be nice to have contact instead of just over blog comments. 😄

      You’re kidding?! Mudpuddle left saying he had heart issues and then never came back to update. I seriously thought that he was dead. But what a relief! Hopefully he’ll be back at least sporadically, soon. Thanks for the update! I feel so much better!

      • Agreed, I hope he comes back at least briefly, always loved seeing his reading choices!
        I read Brothers K some years ago, it was quite a journey, and also The Idiot, my personal favorite.
        Yay, let’s talk soon! 🙂

  2. I’ve never read Ethics (unless we had a short selection in school, but that’s been so many ages ago…), so I don’t know what it’s like but wish you luck! One of these days I’ll get around to reading some of the Greek Classics that aren’t plays or epic poems.

    • I’m actually starting to look forward to it. I found a free online course on it that I may try to do while I read. I’ll let you know how I make out!

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