Thursday, November 22, 2018

Time for Another Classics Club Spin! (Chunkster Edition)

It's time for another Classics Club Spin!

But wait. What, you might ask, is the Classics Club?

From the blog:
  • Choose 50+ classics you would like to read.
  • List them at your blog.
  • Choose a reading completion goal date up to five years in the future and note that date on your classics list of 50+ titles.
  • E-mail the moderators of this blog ( with your list link and information and it will be posted on the Members Page.
  • Write about each title on your list as you finish reading it, and link it to your main list.
  • When you’ve written about every single title, let the Club know, and your name will be posted on the Wall of Honor.
If you haven't done this, do this first. Then you can get going with your reading by joining in for our Classics Club Spin.

What is the Classics Club Spin? Again, from the blog:

  • Go to your blog.
  • 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 Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
  • We’ll announce a number from 1-20. 
  • Read that book by January 31, 2019. 
Yes, that's right. This is an extra special, super-dooper CHUNKSTER edition of the Classics Club Spin. We challenge you to fill this spin list with 20 of those HUGE books you’ve been putting off reading because you didn’t have enough time. With this spin we are giving you the time  – nearly 10 weeks in fact – to tackle one of those imposing tomes on your classics shelf.

Here is my list:
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
2. Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
3. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
4. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
5. Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
7. Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
8. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
9. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
10. Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
11. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
12. Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
13. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
14. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
15. Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
16. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
17. Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
18. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
19. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
20. Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

I've stacked the deck so that one of my five longest books will be chosen by the spinner.


And the spinner has landed on...
So it's to be Anna Karenina for me!

Are you a Classic Clubber? Have you made your list? Leave a link in the comments if you have so I can see what you are picking.


  1. Interesting way of making your list. It will make sure you really get a chunkster book to read. Great choices. Haven't read any of them but Anna Karenina, Don Quixote and Moby Dick are on my 50 classics list. They did not come on the list now, but I should have considering the dead-line!

    1. I'm hoping for DQ, as I remember reading it way, way back when, and I've always wanted to do a reread.

  2. The Don is great. But I'd like any of those except the Emerson. I've tried him once or twice & never succeeded.

    1. The essays aren't a long book, but the text is rich. If I'm going to read him, I think I need to read him with commentary, and take notes.

  3. Man, you are brave! There is a copy of DQ on my shelf (it's my husband's) and I don't know if I will ever pick it up.

    1. I read it in high school with a teacher who loved it. I remember finding it funny and oddly readable.

  4. good idea to do it this way! good luck. I enjoyed very much 1 and 3

  5. Well done for embracing the chunkster!
    We will share Moby Dick if no. 18 spins our way :-)

    1. It would definitely help me to have someone to read along with.

  6. Wow, good luck Deb. While I haven't read any of these, I know they are really, really long! Actually that is what scares me off them! :-D

  7. Woo! You're taking a real risk there that that pesky whale Moby Dick might come up - my Nemesis! 😉 So I'll vote for Anna Karenina - much more fun! Hope you get one you love!

  8. Don Quixote's on my list too. I picked 10 and repeated them.

  9. I see repetitions. Are you almost done with your list, or are you just taking the tome part seriously.

    1. I have twenty-five left, but the other twenty are relatively short.

  10. You definitely did stack the deck! I’ve read Moby Dick and Anna Karenina, both of which are worth the time required to get through them. While I have Don Quixote on my TBR shelf, Edith Hamlton’s Mythology definitely appeals to me the most.

  11. I loved Anna K, so I'm wishing for #1 (cuz that's what I want from my list)

  12. I hope you get Moby-Dick! I first read it last fall and loved it.


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