Fall Spin


Another season, another Classics Club Spin. I’ve really enjoyed the two books that were chosen for me in the spring and summer (Revolutionary Road and Mrs. Dalloway) so I am going to take a chance again. I’ve revamped my list, but I am still too much of a coward to include any of the big daddy books like Bleak House. So, below is my list of twenty titles – I’m secretly crossing my fingers for no. 9, no. 15 or no. 16.

  1. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather
  2. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  3. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  4. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  7. The Fox in the Attic by Richard Hughes
  8. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. The Soul of Kindness by Elizabeth Taylor
  10. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  12. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  13. Loving and Giving by Molly Keane
  14. A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
  15. One of Ours by Willa Cather
  16. Brook Evans by Susan Glaspell
  17. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  18. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  19. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  20. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Are you participating in the spin this time around? What titles from my list have you read and loved? Any you’ve abhorred?

It looks like I am back to blogging, which I didn’t expect, but I am glad I am here.

Oh – a new youth librarian was hired and starts on Monday. I can already feel the stress rolling off of me.

13 thoughts on “Fall Spin

  1. Bleak House is one scary book, I was relieved that it wasn’t chosen by random.org to be on my spin list.
    I haven’t read many of the books on your list but I have read Tender is the Night and it was just beautiful and heart-breaking, one of my favourite books ever. I hope you get it and love it as much as I did 🙂


  2. I’m glad to hear they’ve found a new youth librarian. Hopefully things will be less stressful for you now. Of the books on your list, I love 8 and 20 and enjoyed 1 and 18 too. I hope the spin gives you a book you’re happy with!


    1. I’ve never read The Secret Garden, but Anne of Green Gables would be a re-read for me. I read it when I was a teenager and can’t really remember it very well. I would be very happy to read either of them. Good luck on Monday!


  3. Hurray for your replacement! and it’s very good to see you posting again. I love The Secret Garden and A Girl of the Limberlost (though I don’t get on with her other books). Have you read LM Montgomery before, or would this be your first?


    1. I have read Anne of Green Gables – when I was 15 or so. I think I read the whole series, but I don’t remember a ton about them. I’d love to read it as an adult.


  4. I’ve only read Catcher in the Rye and The Secret Garden, but I love both of them. The latter holds significance because it was a favourite film of my childhood, I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if I hadn’t seen the film first.


    1. I seem to have missed out on a lot of the timeless children’s books so I am looking forward to reading them as an adult. The Secret Garden would be a lovely book to read over the holidays so I would be quite happy to have it spun for me.


  5. We share some of the same authors on our Spin lists, but no two books alike. I have Cather’s Shadows on the Rock (though I do need to read One of Ours before I complete my Classics Club list). I’ve loved some of the books on your list — The Heart is a Lonely Hunter was wonderful; also The Good Earth, Anne of Green Gables, and Ethan Frome. I loved Garp when I was young but it’s been years, I don’t know if I’d feel the same as an adult. Sadly, I did not feel the love for Girl of the Limberlost, and I hated Tender is the Night. I really hope you get something you enjoy!


    1. I have to admit I fear some of the books on my list like Garp and Limberlost. I can’t remember why I chose them, but I will bravely read them if they are drawn on Monday! I was frightened to read Mrs. Dalloway and I loved it so now I feel that I can face anything 🙂


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