The Classics Club: The Classics Spin #28



The Classics Club

The Classics Spin #28

Time for a new spin!

At your blog, before Sunday, October 17th, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

On Sunday October 17, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by December 12, 2021.

Here are 20 titles I have selected from my 3rd list of 50 classics.
4 of the following titles are nonfiction.
9 are mysteries.

1 Xavier de Maistre Voyage Autour de Ma Chambre (1794)
2 Edmond Rostand Cyrano de Bergerac (1897) = reread
3 Robert Walser Jakob von Gunten (1909)
4 A. A. Milne The Red House Mystery (1922)
5 Freeman Wills Crofts Inspector French’s Greatest Case (1924)
6 Dorothy L. Sayers* Clouds of Witness (1926)
7 Stefan Zweig Confusion (1927)
8 Josephine Tey* The Man in the Queue (1929)
9 Virginia Woolf* A Room of One’s Own (1929)
10 Edmund Wilson Axel’s Castle: A Study of the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930 (1931)
11 George Orwell Down and Out in Paris and London (1933)
12 Ngaio Marsh* A Man Lay Dead (1934)
13 Rex Stout Fer-de-Lance (1934)
14 Charles Williams Descent into Hell (1937)
15 Eric Ambler Epitaph for a Spy (1938)
16 Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep (1939)
17 Cornell Woolrich The Bride Wore Black (1940)
18 Adolfo Bioy Casares The Invention of Morel (1940)
19 Italo Calvino The Baron in the Trees
20 Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse




61 thoughts on “The Classics Club: The Classics Spin #28

  1. What a selection. You have some great mysteries on this list. I look forward to seeing what number is drawn. (Haven’t done my list yet.)


  2. Thank you for visiting my post about The Classics Club Spin #28.

    As I mentioned there, I have only read one book from yours, Virginia Woolf. It was a book club read and some of our members made the mistake to think, they could start two days before the meeting because the book was so short …

    I have read books by A.A. Milne (of course), George Orwell (of course) and Italo Calvino. So I wish you that one. And I have just checked, I’d get Agatha Christie then. I can live with that. LOL


    • Lol for Virginia Woolf!
      I think I sooooo enjoyed If by a Winter’s Night a Traveler that I have put off reading The Baron in the Trees, because I’m afraid to be disappointed. I have read Invisible Cities, good too, but nothing like If by a Winter’s Night a Traveler


      • Yes, was a big surprise to some of them. LOL
        I totally understand that. “If on a Winter’s Night …” is one of my favourite books. I have also read “Why read the classics?” by him which isn’t comparable but also a great book about classic books and I’m sure you might love this, as well.


          • That sounds great. I’m concentrating on my Spanish for the time being since I would love to read at least one of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s books in the original.


          • Awesome! I enjoy being able to read and understand Spanish (watching literary interviews for instance). Though I need to keep it up. Some time ago, I started reading Harry Potter in Spanish, but stopped. Maybe a project I need to restart in 2022. And maybe it would be smart to read it both in Spanish and Italian to speed up my Italian


          • It would probably be Turkish and Arabic for me. Though I have looked into Turkish. Not easy.


        • Well, it’s the same sort of system, you can compare it as latin script to cyrillic, so if you can do one, you might be able learn the other.


          • hmm. I can read Latin and Cyrillic, though don’t see much in common. And when I look at Arabic letters, it looks like nothing compared to the Hebrew alphabet


          • Well, you do the same sort of spelling, write from left to right and put every letter you pronounce, not just the consonants whereas Hebrew and Arabic write from right to left, have different kind of writing for the same letter depending where and how it stands, omit the vowels etc.


          • Oh I see what you mean. Yes, I know it’s the way of most semantic languages. I thought you meant the Arabic alphabet was similar to the Hebrew one.
            My problem with the Arabic letters is that more or less all look the same to me, whereas in the Hebrew alphabet, each letter looks very different from the others. Well, maybe it’s because have learned to recognize them, lol


          • Well, you are right there but we have to learn new letters in every alphabet, I hope that would come with time. But I doubt I will tackle Arabic.


  3. That’s a great list. Honestly, The Big Sleep made me smile. I find Calvino’s Baron in the Trees (what’s he doing there, by the way?) very interesting. And Red House Mystery is something I want to read this month, so maybe we can swap notes!


  4. Great list! I’ve only read To the Lighthouse, but I enjoyed it so much. It’s beautifully written. I look forward to seeing what everyone will be reading!


  5. I haven’t read any of these! I do have a few on my TBR (and A Room of One’s Own is on my Classics Club list) but I have a few more titles to look into now. Good luck!


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