Classics Club Spin #31


It’s time for another Classics Club spin.

I am currently away from my computer. This is a hastily composed post on my phone, drenched in the beautiful warmth and sunshine of Far North Queensland. If you try, you may be able to smell the heady scent of tropical blooms & the earthy aroma of the rainforest mixed with the briny flavour of sea and sand. Strain a little harder and you might hear the lap of waves against the shore, and the sound of the breeze moving through the treetops. This land, where the forest meets the sea, is truly a magical paradise.

But I digress.

What is a CC Spin?

Simply, on Sunday the 18th September, a random number between 1-20 will be drawn. Match the number to the book on your list, then read said book before the 30th October. Full details on how to play are here.

My CC Spin #31:

  1. Frenchman’s Creek | Daphne Du Maurier
  2. Passing | Nella Larsen
  3. Agnes Grey | Anne Brontë
  4. Death of Ivan Ilyvich | Leo Tolstoy
  5. The Feast | Margaret Kennedy
  6. Night and Day | Virginia Woolf
  7. The Book of Tea | Kakuzo Okakura
  8. The White Guard | Mikhail Bulgakov
  9. Moll Flanders | Daniel Defoe
  10. Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde
  11. The Key | Junichiro Tanizaki
  12. Hiroshima | John Hersey
  13. The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
  14. Voss | Patrick White
  15. 1788 | Watkin Tench
  16. Tender is the Night | F. Scott Fitzgerald
  17. The Sound of Waves | Yukio Mishima
  18. Basil | Wilkie Collins
  19. Alexander’s Bridge | Willa Cather
  20. Pale Horse, Pale Rider | Katherine Porter

My Previous 30 Spin Results:

One book was a DNF as I lost it during a move.

Three were barely so-so reads and another couple were curiosities that didn’t really appeal to me but I could see their merits. The rest were delights. From the surprise packages to the known favourites.

I can’t wait to see what spin #31 brings me.

Click on each book cover to take you to my book response post.

Happy Spinning!

  • This post was written on the traditional lands of the Kuku Yalangi people (traditional owners of the Port Douglas Daintree region). This Reading Life acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are this land’s first storytellers.

24 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #31

  1. Great list! Dorian Gray was a previous spin book for me. I’ve never heard of Night and Day, but as a Woolf fan, I added it to my list. My current list has Tender is the Night as well. It’s been too long since I read some Fitzgerald.


  2. Weirdly, I’ve only read the two grey-ish novels on your list, Anne Bronte’s Agnes Grey and Wilde’s Dorian Gray, though I have the Plath and the Fitzgerald patiently waiting their turn. Interesting to see what the Spin turns up for you. 🙂


  3. You’re location is the complete opposite of mine and I love the description! I’m imagining it completely.
    Here in the Mojave desert, the weather has abruptly shifted into fall. Cool nights, warm dry days, the last weekends monsoon rains and the last few days warm sun has coaxed a green fuzz from the sand. And it all smells wonderful.
    Can’t wait to see which book you read next!

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  4. I’ve read five of the books on your list: Agnes Grey, Death of Ivan Ilyvich, Picture of Dorian Gray, The Bell Jar and Tender is the Night. From the books you read already, I have read seven, at least those that I can identify. My eyesight isn’t the best, sorry.

    My CC Spin list.

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    1. I think my edition has both stories in it….runs upstairs to check…no it doesn’t. Oh well, I am looking forward to getting into Passing, especially after reading The Vanishing Half a couple of years ago.


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