CC Spin #26

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It’s time for another Classics Club Spin.
The rules are easy: compile your list of 20 books by Sunday 18th April.

On that day a number will be randomly selected.
That’s the book you read.

You have until the 31st May 2021 to finish your book and review it.

Join in the fun by visiting the other players and commenting on their lists.
It’s a great way to meet like-minded bloggers and explode your TBR classics wishlist!

I have participated in ALL 26 spins. I believe that Jean @Howling Frogs and I are the only two left who can say that!

  1. The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle   
  2. The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen & David M Shapard   [shared read with Jessica @The Bookworm Chronicles]
  3. Hiroshima by John Hersey                          
  4. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather                                                                   
  5. The Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin  [shared read with Me, My Shelf and I]      
  6. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins                           
  7. The Mabinogion translated by Sioned Davies
  8. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens  [shared read with Joseph @The Once Lost Wanderer]
  9. Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee   
  10. The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima                                       
  11. Laura: A Journey into the Crystal by George Sand                  
  12. Red Sky at Sunrise (trilogy) by Laurie Lee                       
  13. The Key by Junichiro Tanizaki                   
  14. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf   
  15. The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura   [shared read with Robin @A Fondness for Reading]
  16. A Dance to the Music of Time: Spring by Anthony Powell
  17. A Mere Chance by Ada Cambridge
  18. Lives of the Caesars by Suetonius                              
  19. Coonaroo by Katharine Susannah Prichard   
  20. 1788 by Watkin Tench         

My previous 25 Spin results look like this:

Happy Spinning!

UPDATE: It’s number 11. I will be reading

  • Laura: A Journey into the Crystal by George Sand
  • . I think this one might be a little weird.

    While working in a small geological museum, Alexis Hartz meets his cousin Laura, who has discovered a way to enter a geode. Travelling through a vast and glittering landscape of brilliant crystals, Alexis falls passionately in love with Laura. But when they return to the ordinary world, only friendship remains. He yearns for the perfect world of the crystals, and returning there becomes a perilous obsession. But is the crystal world as real as it seems, or is his mind succumbing to its dark powers?

    First written in 1864, this little known work by George Sand is a fantastical novel in the truest sense of the word.

    30 thoughts on “CC Spin #26

      1. I haven’t read P&P for nearly a decade – I’m LONG overdue for a reread. The annotated edition should make it even more fun than usual.


    1. I could say, how do you have so many great books waiting to be read that you can select one by lottery. But I have shelves of books I never seem to have time to get to – all of Dumas and all of Walter Scott for instance. I’m not sure which of yours to wish for, but I see the Cambridge is available from Proj Gutenberg so I’ll download it to my Kindle and maybe even find time to read it.


      1. Proj Gutenberg is great for sourcing some of the older Aust classics, but I’m struggling with my epub version of All That Swagger – so many spelling mistakes (or it could be Franklin’s Irish vernacular!) Also finding the story itself a bit of a drag….


    2. Applause for completing all the CC Spins, bravo, Brona!
      I have a Willa Cather’s too on my list – My Antonia – but I’ll read it no matter what the spin will bring me, so I hope you’d get number 4! 🙂


      1. Thanks Fanda – a Cather would be nice about now – I’m struggling with my seventh Zola book – I guess there had to be one that wouldn’t appeal in a series of 20.


      1. I did attempt to read it after my trip to Japan three years ago, but found it too heavy going for my post-holiday mood. A spin might be the push I need to try again.

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    3. Ohhh, tempted as I am, I don’t think I should do this one.
      What I need to tackle is my pile of books that I bought in the late 90s and the early noughties.


      1. I’m trying to read Sherlock Holmes in chronological order. My edition has the first 4 stories in it. I read the first for the the second-to-last spin, so hope to get the next one soon. It was thoroughly enjoyable.


    4. Ooh, a bunch of things I don’t know. Really I hope you get one of those. But Sherlock Holmes is great, and Suetonius is wonderfully gossipy, though who knows how true it is. I remember liking Little Dorrit, but it’s been years, and I could reread it.

      It would be interesting about the annotated P&P.

      Happy spinning!


      1. I’m trying to keep up with my Australian classics reading, so always add a few titles to each spin 🙂
        I’m secretly hoping for the P&P too – feeling the need for a comfort read right now.


        1. Well, some of them are in my own language but I love to read books from all over the world.

          Looking forward to seeing what we both will be reading. “The Dream of the Red Chamber” would be a great addition to your previous spins.

          Good luck.


    5. I’ve long enjoyed the Sherlock stories, and Wilkie Collins is a favorite (although I don’t think I’ve read The Dead Secret), but if I had to pick, I’d choose Pride and Prejudice. Making my own spin list, I was a little disappointed I didn’t include any Austen in my Club list—although, truthfully, I’m not sure I ever need a list to prompt me to reread Austen. Enjoy!


      1. Since working in an Indy bookshop, I do not reread books any where near as often as I used to. I miss being able to spend time with old favourites.


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