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A Classics Club spin on great books to read

A twist on reading the classics

You may know that I’ve committed to The Classics Club 5-year reading plan and am well on my way. I recently finished reading Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and am heading toward the end of Melville’s famous Moby Dick. 

Today I’m creating my first Classics Club Spin List in answer to a fun call to read a book from my list by April 1st. I’m to draft a list of 20 books. Then the club will choose a number and I am to read the book on my list that is the corresponding number. So, here goes:

    1. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1859) RR
    2. The Confessions of St. Augustine by St. Augustine of Hippo (397 – 398)
    3. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne (1874)
    4. A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain (1880)
    5. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (1883
    6. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe (1908) RR
    7. The Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale (1863) RR
    8. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (1881) RR
    9. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (1897) RR
    10. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (1898) RR
    11. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895) RR
    12. The Story of Reynard the Fox by F.W. von Goethe (1845) RR
    13. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift (1726) RR
    14. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas (1847) RR
    15. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope Hawkins (1894) RR
    16. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (1870) RR
    17. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins RR
    18. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818) RR
    19. Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897) RR
    20. Faust by Johann Wlfgang von Goethe (1808)

Spin a read!

Okay, that’s my list. I chose them randomly as I read through the list. It appears I have quite a few that I will be visiting for a second or third time but that’s okay. My follow-up post will reveal the book chosen by the spin. Will it be a book by Mark Twain, Mary Shelley or maybe Bram Stoker? Check back and see.

If you’re intrigued, play your own version of spin: Create a list of 20 books, then come back for the magic spin number. Share your thoughts and comments below.


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