Classics Club Spin #33

Walkway Trimmed BushesOh, heavens!  I haven’t accomplished much on the spins.  I did manage to find my copy of Revelations of Divine Love, so that’s promising.  Otherwise I :

  • am reading Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations but haven’t finished it
  • have begun Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs on my Kindle (the children’s version) and also started one volume of the original.  I’m planning to finish the Kindle version, which is all I committed to; the original is both too long and too difficult to find for me to commit to it now
  • I began Aristotle’s Ethics as a course quite awhile ago.  I plan to finish … but ….
  • I finished Journey from Peppermint Street by Meindert de Jong.  Woo hoo!

Not the results I wanted but, oh well!

The Rules for the Classics Club Spin #33 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 March 19, 2023 (but I say before the next spin).

Hyacinth Book

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

  1. The Decameron (1353) – Giovanni Boccaccio
  2. Tom Sawyer (1876) – Mark Twain
  3. She Stoops to Conquer (1773) – Oliver Goldsmith
  4. Huckleberry Finn (1884) – Mark Twain
  5. The City of God (426) – Augustine
  6. Bleak House (1852/53) – Charles Dickens
  7. The Praise of Folly (1509) – Eramus
  8. The Faerie Queene (1590-1596) – Edmund Spenser
  9. The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678) – John Bunyan
  10. Wives and Daughters (1864/66) – Elizabeth Gaskell
  11. Ecclesiastical History of the English People (731) – Bede
  12. Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1607-1608) – William Shakespeare
  13. Crime and Punishment (1866) – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  14. Pensées (1669) – Blaise Pascal
  15. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1886) – Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. Animal Farm (1945) – George Orwell
  17. Shirley (1849) – Charlotte Brontë
  18. Mary Barton (1848) – Elizabeth Gaskell
  19. Great Expectations (1860/61) – Charles Dickens
  20. Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864) – Jules Verne

Why do I keep drawing The Faerie Queene?  I both would love and hate to get The Decameron.  Whoa!  Both Bleak House and Great Expectations!

As with previous Spins, instead of producing 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.

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Classics Club Winner:  Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

Guardians Book List Winner:  Affinity by Sarah Waters

Shakespeare Winner:  Coriolanus 

Children’s List Winner:  Amazing Adventures of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton


Other Spins:

Classics Club Spin #32 Winner

Classics Club Spin #30 Winner

Classics Club #28 Winner

Classics Club Spin #27 Winner

Classics Club Spin #26 Winner



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7 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #33

    • I know! Phew! 😅

      You should read more! Her works are wonderful. My favourite is Ruth but I know many people love North and South.

      Thank you! I’ve been around but I’ve been crafting a zillion reviews that I never seem to complete. And I’m trying to concentrate more on reading than writing. Twelve books per year were depressing me. I’ve already read 6 so I’m happy with that. Hope you’re doing well!

      • Doing well here–it’s sunny and warm, well, for March, at least–and hope the same is true with you. And yes, really, reading is the thing!

    • Ah ha! Wives and Daughters will be the only one I haven’t read after I read this one. I highly recommend Ruth. I think you’ll love that one.

      For some reason this year I’ve been convinced into buddy reads for books I’ve already read. Great books but I need to break out and start reading my TBR. This spin will be a start.

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