Classics Club Spin #33


It’s time for another Classics Club spin.

This is the Classics Club’s 33rd CC Spin…and mine. Yes you read that correctly. I have participated in EVERY single Classics Club spin, along with Jean @Howling Frog.

What is a CC Spin?

  • Simply pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List.
  • Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog before Sunday, 19th March.
  • A number from 1-20 will be announced. 
  • Read that book by 30th April, 2023.

For full details on how to play along, or to join the classics club, click here.

As many of you may already know, I like to buddy read with you whenever I can, so if one of our books match, I am happy to switch them around so our numbers match too.

An (A) in front of a title indicates an Australian classic.

My CC Spin #33:

  1. Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde [reading with Michelle @True Book Addict]
  2. (A) 1788 | Watkin Tench
  3. Fahrenheit 451 | Ray Bradbury
  4. (A) Bush Studies | Barbara Baynton
  5. (A) Childhood at Brindibilla | Miles Franklin
  6. The Dram Shop | Émile Zola
  7. Sapphira and the Slave Girl | Willa Cather
  8. The Feast | Margaret Kennedy
  9. (A) A Fence Around the Cuckoo | Ruth Park
  10. (A) The Battlers | Kylie Tennant
  11. (A) Thirty Years in Australia | Ada Cambridge
  12. The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath [reading with Kelly’s Thoughts & Ramblings]
  13. I Am a Cat | Soseki Natsume
  14. (A) The Three Miss Kings | Ada Cambridge
  15. (A) Intimate Strangers | Katharine Susannah Prichard [reading with Sue @Me Myself and I]
  16. Cimarron | Edna Ferber
  17. Night and Day | Virginia Woolf
  18. The Solitary Summer | Elizabeth von Armin
  19. Silas Marner | George Eliot
  20. Dust Tracks on a Road | Zora Neale Hurston

My Previous 32 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, the CC Spins have become one of my favourite bookish events of the blogging year.

I can’t wait to see what spin #33 brings me.

Clicking on a book cover will take you to my book response post for that book.

Happy Spinning!

Later: The lucky no. is 18 – The Solitary Summer | Elizabeth von Armin – I’m thrilled to be reading another EvA story!

This post was written on the traditional land of the Wangal clan, one of the 29 clans of the Eora Nation within the Sydney basin. This Reading Life acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are this land’s first storytellers.

22 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #33

  1. I have only read two from your list, A Fence Around the Cuckoo, and Silas Marner, both of which I enjoyed very much. Fingers crossed for one of the Aussies!


  2. That’s a great selection of books. I’ve read the first five and a few of the others, but not that Willa Cather, nor that ZNH whom I both admire greatly. I’d really like to read Intimate Strangers, but don’t know where I’d get a copy. If The Bell Jar comes up I bought a copy meaning to re-read it and I might read along with you.


    1. I’m planning to read the Woolf’s in chronologocal order. I’m only up to book 2 – I keep putting it on my spin in the hope it comes up and gives me that final push to finally read it!!

      I had to check, but I read The Ladies of Lyndon by Margaret Kennedy back in 2016 promising myself to read more Kennedy and soon. Sadly The Feast and a couple of others are STILL waiting…

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    1. My list includes a number of books for upcoming reading events, so one of those would be good, but I’ll happily read any of the list this time around. I’m in the mood for a classic or two atm.


  3. Silas Marner is lovely as is The Solitary Summer; Dorian Gray and Fahrenheit are the other two I’ve read but the details are fuzzy since is been far too long but I do remember liking them. I am a Cat is one I mean to get to soon. Waiting to see which one you end up with!


    1. My list includes a number of books for upcoming reading events (Silas, The Battlers, the Zola, the Cather for 1940 Club, the Woolf for a personal challenge) so one of those would be good, but I’ll happily read any of the list this time around. I’m in the mood for a classics again atm.


  4. Silas Marner, Night and Day and The Bell Jar are the one’s I’ve read and I enjoyed them all! All the spins is amazing, hope you get a good read this time!


    1. Thanks I’d be happy with any of the books this spin. My current CC List only includes books I really WANT to read (as opposed to some of the books lurking on my TBR pile that are ones that I think I SHOULD read one day!)

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    1. Yes, I did stack this list with books for upcoming reading events (Silas, The Battlers, the Zola, the Cather, and the Woolf for a personal challenge), three of which I want to read before the end of May anyway, so I have a busy time ahead!!

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  5. I’ve only read a few from your list but of those the stand-out was definitely Silas Marner, so I’m going to hope that that one comes up for you! Whichever one you get I hope it’s one you enjoy. 😀


  6. Fab list! I’d be interested in checking out Cimmaron, and I’ve read Dorian Grey and Fahrenheit 451. I think the Zora Neale Hurston book will end up on my list at some point as well — I’ve read two of her books recently, and thought both were brilliant. Good luck!


  7. I have read 1, 4, 9, 12 and 18. Yesterday, I put 2 and 19 out for Lifeline – I had read some of 2 but had got distracted. I’ve decided that if I read it, and I’d like to, I’ll read an e-version. Same with 19. I’m basically not going to keep many classics (except for Jane Austen and a few others) as they re all easy to access via e-book. I have having to be serious (thought I know I’m not being as ruthless as I probably should!

    I look forward to seeing what your spin brings up.


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