December 2015 Classics Spin #ccspin

Updated with Monday announcement of THE NUMBER:  19!

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SPIN TIME!  Where the prize is the reading experience…

classicsclub1My new choices for this list of twenty:

  1. The Three Muskateers – Alex Dumas
  2.  Jude the Obscure – Hardy
  3.  the Woodlanders – Hardy
  4.  Cry the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  5.  The Painted Veil – WS Maugham
  6. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
  7.  The House of the Seven Gables – Hawthorne
  8. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  9. The World According to Garp – Irving
  10. The Way We Live Now – Trollope
  11. the Counterfeiters – A. Gide
  12. The Ox-bow Incident – Walter Van Tilberg Clark
  13. West With the Night – Meryl
  14. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
  15. the Bird’s Nest – Shirley Jackson
  16. The King Must Die – Mary Renault
  17. The Dud Avocado – Elaine Dundy
  18. the Hunter – Richard Stark
  19. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler – EL Konigsberg
  20. The Double Helix – Watson


The reasoning for picking THESE twenty titles involved the letters T-H-E.  These are the only books on my original 50 that have THE in the title (and/or THERE). I wanted a theme…

I’m cheering for #2 (Obscure Jude) and #4 (Cry Beloved) because I have these books IN HOUSE but also for #6 (Agatha!) or #9 (Garp!!) because I assume I can get these quickly from the library. And I want to read these maybe more than the others at the moment. But I will read whatever is spun. I promise.

What number are YOU CHEERING for so it will be the one I  have to read?  ha

Spin number announced on Monday.



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21 thoughts on “December 2015 Classics Spin #ccspin

  1. I already left this comment on twitter, but since I’m here anyway I thought I’d test out my commenting skills to see if they still work. Bahahaha! I’m listening to I Capture the Castle right now and enjoying it. I loved Cry the Beloved Country and would love to read it again (or listen to it). I have the audio and ebook of Madding Crowd that I’d love to get to this year, but I’m thinking it might just have to wait until after the holidays.

    Hugs!!!! 🙂

  2. Definitely #19 — From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler — because that was my #1 favorite book as a kid, along with The Little Princess, The Egypt Game, Baby Island, The Active Enzyme Lemon-Freshened Junior High School Witch, Harriet the Spy, and the Witch Family! And maybe a few others that aren’t popping to mind, but definitely remember the joy of meeting someone else in high school who had read From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, but I always remembered it as “Frankenweiler”!

  3. Karen K.

    I’m rooting for #5 on my list (which I’m about to post) but I love your #5 as well, The Painted Veil — I’ve read it at least three times and I get something new out of it every time. I also love The Way We Live Now, I Capture the Castle, and West with the Night. And who doesn’t love Frankeweiler? I desperately wanted to go to NY and visit the Met after that book!

    1. Speaking of Classics Challenge… I think I might actually have this somewhere on my shelf! which I’m not sure about. whatever. I know I want to read this and I want to see the movie and I must read before see. sigh.

  4. We share I Capture the Castle and the Golden Notebook if either of those numbers spin our way on Monday.
    Although I think you’ll enjoy whatever you spin 🙂

    1. ARE they in the same number slot?!?!?! I will go look but wouldn’t that be COOL. I could rearrange so they are! and if they HIT, we could read together?!?!?!

    1. LOOKING FORWARD TO IT!!! BRING IT. (Sometimes, I want to wonder what happened to that scoffing reading I used to be that dismissed these books that exceeded 400 pages.but why bother, it would be like trying to watch a singular rain drop find the ocean.)

  5. Jillian

    I like everything on my list, but in this moment, I’m hoping for #3, which means you’d be reading The Woodlanders. 🙂 If you get your #4, I’m reading Zelda Fitzgerald. Good luck! 🙂

  6. My vote is for 14 or 19 (From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler is a favourite of mine). And maybe 8, as The Golden Notebook is also in my TBR, although you know, now that I think about it, I don’t remember seeing it when I unpacked … Oh, and of course, Dame Agatha.

  7. Lucky you! I absolutely love the Mixed-Up Files! I reread it every few years. I blogged about it (& cried!) when Konigsburg died in 2013. What a fun book. Claudia is the best!!

    Are you happy with the pick? Have you read it before?

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