Classics Spin #10 and Group Check-in


The Classics Club is doing another Classics Spin. This is where you create a list using your own Classics club List. Then, the moderators choose a random number between 1 and 20. That number correspond to the book you have to read. The books on my list were selected using a random number generator. Leaving it all to luck! Here is my list.

Classic Spin #10

and the winner is…


I’ll have to find a copy and start reading. I have until October 23rd to finish. I’m actually excited about this one.



Fictional World Travel

Fictional World Travel

This is the first challenge for the Bout of Books read-a-thon. It’s hosted by Between Library Shelves. Basically, you choose 3 to 6 books of places other than the country you currently live in to visit.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien {Middle Earth}

Let’s be real. If this is not on your list, you are lying to yourself. Ent, wizards, elves. come on.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini {1970s Afghanistan}

This time period fascinates me. I think the stark comparison between the Afghanistan in the 70s and the Afghanistan of today would be cool to see.

Collected Novellas by Gabriel Garcia Marquez {Columbia}

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ (GGM) ability to describe the setting of his works is amazing. I would love to do a GGM pilgrimage of his house and other parts of Colombia would be cool.

Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang {China}

I’ve always wanted to go to China, so this one was a no brainer.

If you do decide to do the challenge, let me know in the comments below.



Books on the Nightstand Summer Bingo


Books on the Nightstand is one of my favorite book podcasts. If you are not listening to them, you should be! They are currently hosting a summer bingo. Basically, one would get a randomized bingo card, and you have from Memorial Day to Labor Day to complete the card. You can get your own bingo card here.  While I did start later in the summer, I am still going to try to get as many of these completed, and I will probably try to complete it even after Labor Day. These should help me complete the bingo card that I created earlier this year.

If you decide to join, let me know!


  • Nonfiction in graphic novel format: My Friend Dahmer
  • That you started but never finished:
  • About a subject that challenges you:
  • By a local author:
  • Translation:
  • Set in a place you want to visit:
  • By an author born in the same year as you:
  • Found in a used bookstore:
  • A literary magazine or journal:
  • Last book of an author before he/she died or retired:
  • Recommended by a family member:
  • Poetry collection:
  • Free Space:
  • A short story anthology:
  • Set in Australia/Oceania:
  • That you think you will dislike:
  • Borrowed from the library:
  • About a religion with which you are unfamiliar:
  • Written by someone under 21:
  • Published before 1900:
  • Written by an author you have met:
  • Published over 100 years ago:
  • Has been on your TBR for longer than 2 years:
  • 10 short stories:
  • Set in South America:



The Classics Club: Spin #9

The Classics Club has a new spin. Participant choose 20 books from our book lists, and they choose a number. We then have to read the book that corresponds to that number by May 15th. This should be fun. I love surprises!
Update: The Spin number as determined by the Classics Club is 2! Jane Austen it is.

  1. Bradbury, Ray: Fahrenheit 451
  2. Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice
  3. Austen, Jane: Sense and Sensibility
  4. Burgess, Anthony: A Clockwork Orange
  5. Cather, Willa: My Antonia
  6. Chopin, Kate: The Awakening
  7. Eliot, George: Middlemarch
  8. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: This Side of Paradise
  9. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters
  10. Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South
  11. Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  12. Heller, Joseph: Catch-22
  13. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: Love in the Time of Cholera
  14. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: One Hundred Years of Solitude
  15. Mitchell, David: Cloud Atlas
  16. Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein
  17. Smith, Betty: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  18. Steinbeck, John: East of Eden
  19. Twain, Mark: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  20. Waugh, Evelyn: Brideshead Revisited


challenges, Read-a-thons

Love for Books Read-a-thon: Progress


Rad-a-thon time! Novel Heartbeat is hosting the 2nd Annual Love for Books Read-a-thon February 8-15.

My Progress:

  • Finish 2 books and  3 graphic novels {0/5}
  • Read at least 300 pages {149/300}
  • Participate in at least one mini challenge {0/1}