Friday, October 15, 2021

Classics Club Spin #28


The latest Classics Club Spin has been announced. I have chosen twenty books from my classics list. This list of twenty books is the same as my last Spin List, with only one addition to replace the book I read for the last spin. 

It may be difficult for me to fit in a book from my classics list during November because I am going to be focusing on novellas for Novellas in November. Most of the books on this list of twenty are short, quick reads, so maybe that won't be a problem.

On Sunday 17th October, 2021, the Classics Club will post a number from 1 through 20. The goal is to read whatever book falls under that number on my Spin List by 12th December, 2021.


So, here is my list of 20 books for the spin.


  1. Things Fall Apart (1958) by Chinua Achebe   [209 pages]
  2. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955) by Patricia Highsmith [249 pages]
  3. Rebecca (1938) by Daphne du Maurier  [410 pages]
  4. The Sign of Four (1890) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [167 pages]
  5. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. The Quiet American (1958) by Graham Greene   [180 pages]
  8. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940) by Carson McCullers
  9. The Wind in the Willows (1908) by Kenneth Grahame 
  10. A Wrinkle in Time (1962) by Madeleine L'Engle
  11. Beast In View (1955) by Margaret Millar
  12. The Moviegoer (1961) by Walker Percy   [200 pages]
  13. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) by Roald Dahl
  14. My √Āntonia (1918) by Willa Cather
  15. Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood
  16. Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker    [420 pages]
  17. Fahrenheit 451 (1953) by Ray Bradbury
  18. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) by James Cain
  19. The Invisible Man (1897) by H.G. Wells
  20. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962) by Shirley Jackson



17 comments:

Cath said...
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Cath said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get one of the shorter ones, Tracy. Dracula is good but quite an investment timewise. (Deleted my first comment because I keep putting a superfluous 'e' in your name!)

Margot Kinberg said...

You really do have a fine list of books here, Tracy. I honestly think you'll do well no matter which book you get. I've never done the classics spin, but so many people enjoy it. Maybe I should think about it.

Mary R. said...

You have a lot of great books on this list. I haven't read this Graham Greene, but have really liked the books by him that I have read. Good luck getting a novella in the spin!

Emma at Words And Peace / France Book Tours said...

Very nice! I have read 9 of these. My favorite is The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, I have read it 3 times

FictionFan said...

Lots of goodies there, but since you're going to be short of reading time, I hope you get The Sign of Four - it would work for Novellas in November too, and it's such fun you'll race through it!

Katrina said...

That's a great list, I've only read eight of them but I think I'll be adding several more of them to my new classics list which I'll have to be compiling soonish.

TracyK said...

Thanks, Cath. I left a couple of longer ones on the list, including Dracula, because I thought they would be good and I could fit them in somewhere.

TracyK said...

I will be happy with any of the books, Margot, they are all very appealing.

TracyK said...

Mary, Graham Greene is an author I want to read more of.

TracyK said...

Emma, you would think I would have read more by Carson McCullers, since I grew up in the South (Alabama). But if I get The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, it will the first book I have read by her.

TracyK said...

FictionFan, The Sign of Four would be a good choice. This is another author I need to read more books by (and his short stories).

TracyK said...

Katrina, and I so far behind on reading classics on my list, I need to be reading more than just the ones for the spin. Maybe in 2022 I will put more effort into that.

col2910 said...

Interesting list. I've read or have on the pile nearly half of them - 9 in total. Assuming I can count the Conan Doyle's I read as a teenager.

TracyK said...

Of course you can count books read in your teens, Col. I wish I had read Conan Doyle's books in my teens. Then I would not be so ignorant about his books and stories now.

In my teens I read Agatha Christie, Earl Stanley Gardner (for sure), and Rex Stout. Not that I remember specific books from those times.

They have announced the spin number and it is 12. I will be reading The Moviegoer (1961) by Walker Percy.

dfordoom said...

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is pretty awesome. I think it has one of the best opening paragraphs in literature. Easily the best thing she ever wrote.

TracyK said...

Dfordoom, I am concentrating on reading novellas in November and We Have Always Lived in the Castle fits in that category, so I hope to read it then. Mostly I read crime fiction, but I want to read novellas in other genres also.