Folks running The Classics Club thought it's a good idea to take out the top-hat again - and I wholeheartedly agree! Check more information on the Spin event from the web site.
During the last spin, I got to read "Arrowsmith" by Sinclair Lewis, which was a decent enough book tackling some really interesting moral dilemmas, which pretty much fit also into the nowadays' world.
This time I decided to add a random to the random - and I picked my 20 books with the help of Random.org. I then took the same categories I used last time to divide the books around. I added one book myself - "Moll Flanders" by Daniel Defoe, as there is 18th century literature event coming up in June.
Category 1: "Gimme Gimme Gimme!"
1. E. M. Forster "Howard's End"
2. Emilé Zola "Nana"
3. Michael Cunningham "The Hours" (Random.org chose that one even twice so I think it's only fair if it gets chosen :p)
4. Thomas Hardy "Jude the Obscure"
5. Arthur Conan Doyle - something from the Complete Sherlock collection (either a novella or a set of stories), since I refuse to read the whole Complete book at once.
6. Charlotte Brontë “Villette”
7. Daphne du Maurier "Rebecca"
Category 2: "Nooo! Have mercy!"
8. Charles Dickens "Bleak House"
9. Herman Melville "Moby Dick"
10. Ayn Rand "Atlas Shrugged"
11. Marcel Proust "Swann's Way"
12. Günter Grass "The Tin Drum"
Category 3: "Mh?"
13. Elizabeth Gaskell "The Life of Charlotte Brontë"
14. Ralph Ellison "Invisible Man"
15. Jerome K. Jerome "Three Men in a Boat"
16. John Irving "The World According to Garp"
17. Daniel Defoe "Moll Flanders"
Category 4: "Been there, done that..."
18. Toni Morrisson "Beloved"
19. Patrick Süskind "The Perfume"
20. Mark Twain "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
Random.org was really generous, picking proportionally the most books for "Gimme!" category (although "No Mercy!" could have maybe used fewer - those five books spook me out merely by looking at their titles). If anyone has encouraging words about books 8. - 12., I'd be very grateful to read them :)
And now to wait for the top-hat results :)