The Classics Spin

I’ve been wanting to do some sort of a classics challenge ever since I started writing this blog in May, but never quite got around to it. Then I saw this post and decided to participate.

The Classics Spin is an event hosted by The Classics Club and rules are pretty straightforward:

  • Pick 20 books and assign them numbers from 1 to 20 (challenge yourself!)
  • Do a blog post with this list by this coming Monday.
  • Check back to The Classics Club on Monday to see which number was drawn.
  • Read that book before January 5, 2015, even if it’s not something you’d ideally be reading during the holidays! :)

My list (in a totally random order):

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë1984-orwell
  2. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. 1984 by George Orwell
  5. Dune by Frank Herbert
  6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  7. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  8. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  9. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  10. East of Eden by John Steinback
  11. Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
  12. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  13. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwoodhandmaids-tale
  14. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  15. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  16. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  17. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  18. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  19. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  20. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip

Right. 8 of these are women, which isn’t a terrible ratio, but I could have done better. But this is my first time participating so I just collected the first 20 that I found.

I’ll be back with the review sometime in the next two months, I guess! :) I really hope the chosen book won’t be too depressing. But a challenge without some effort is no challenge at all.


Edit: so the chosen number was 13 – I guess I’m reading The Handmaid’s Tale soon! :) Good thing about classics: even our libraries have copies! 


Have you read any classics recently? Do you read them at all? 

Which ones did you enjoy? I’d love some recommendations for my next list (and maybe a 2015 reading challenge)!

  • You’ve got a really awesome list! I loved 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale, and you’ve got quite a few books that are also on my long (non-spin) Classics Club list ^^

    I can’t wait to find out which we will be reading! :D Have fun!

    • Kaja

      I have high expectations for Atwood as well! I’m a mood reader so I hope the choice will be something that will match the rainy days we’re having. :)

  • I love that you’ve got some great SF and fantasy in that classics list. And thanks for the reminder – I need to reread The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. (And the Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy, too.)

    • Kaja

      Yeah I tried to keep it fresh – I could have filled the list with 19th century novels, but where’s the fun in that? ;)

  • I love The Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Handmaid’s Tale! The only other one on your list that I’ve read was Catcher, which I did not really enjoy… This is a pretty cool challenge though!

    • Kaja

      Ugh, I know I’m waaay behind with my classics… And I’ve heard mixed reviews about The Catcher in the Rye – one more reason to read the book, I guess, I have to see which way I’ll go :)

  • Oh dear, I could have made this list! I’m planning to read Jane Eyre and 1984 and To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies and The Handmaid’s Tale and… where do I get the time?
    I got interested in this challenge but didn’t get into it in the end: knowing myself, I’ll be devastated when the number is picked because I wouldn’t get to read the 19 other books in my list. Am I weird? :)

    • Kaja

      Oh, yes, I’m pretty sure I’ll be devastated once the number is chosen as well – but I need some kind of motivation to get me to read some classics, because all I’ve been reading lately are romances and my brain’s starting to go all soft and mushy from disuse ;)
      I’m glad you approve of my reading choices :) And thanks for stopping by!