Another Classics Club Spin!

The Classics Club

It’s time for another Classics Club Spin!

Here are the rules:

* List any twenty books you have left to read from your Classics Club list.
* Number them from 1 to 20.
* Next Monday a number will be chosen.
* This is the book you need to read in May and June!

And here is my Spin List:

Five books I’ve been looking forward to reading:

1. Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier
2. Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
3. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge
4. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
5. Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton

Five books from the 20th century:

6. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
7. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
8. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
9. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
10. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham

Five long Victorian books:

11. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
14. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
15. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

Five picked completely at random:

16. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
17. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
18. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
19. The Heart of Midlothian by Sir Walter Scott
20. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Now I have to wait until Monday to find out what I’ll be reading…

30 thoughts on “Another Classics Club Spin!

  1. Anbolyn Potter (@anbolynp) says:

    Are there any you’re hoping you really don’t draw? 🙂 I am going to participate this time around and have included some books that I don’t want to read right now, but if fate chooses one for me than I will comply. My list should be up on Friday, I think. I admire you for including some of the big Victorian books – I was too afraid of time constraints to pick any of those.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, there are a few that I don’t really feel like reading, though I wasn’t brave enough to include any that I’m actually dreading. I love Victorian classics but they usually do tend to be long! If I get one of those I might not be able to finish it before the end of June, but I’ll do my best.

  2. FleurFisher says:

    A wonderful list of books. Some I’ve loved, and some that I’d love to read. I’d love you to draw 9 or 15 because they are such lovely books, and 19 would be interesting because I’ve been thinking of trying Walter Scott …

    • Helen says:

      I enjoyed Ivanhoe when I read it last year and now feel much more confident about reading more Walter Scott. I would love to draw 19!

    • Helen says:

      Almost all of the books on my Classics Club list are long, so it was hard to avoid them when putting this list together! I’ve been wanting to read #3 and #11 since you reviewed them last year.

  3. Cat says:

    You do have a wonderful list with several I’ve loved – Barbara Pym, John Steinbeck, George Eliot and Edith Wharton. Hope you will love what the spin chooses for you.

  4. Ludo says:

    I loved The Charterhouse of Parma. In part, I really like Stendhal’s style (read several of his works) and, in part, The Charterhouse is set in places I know well because I studied at the University of Bologna (part of the novel is set there too.) Being Italian, I duly read The Betrothed in school and did appreciate it, but it’s incredibly long, so good luck if No 16 get picked.

    • Helen says:

      I’m glad to hear you loved The Charterhouse of Parma. I haven’t read anything by Stendhal yet and that one sounded more appealing to me than The Red and the Black.

  5. Charlie says:

    I like the categories you’ve gone for, and I wasn’t aware Shirley’s long, that was a surprise. Hope you end up with a really good book!

    • Helen says:

      I’ve read all three of Charlotte Bronte’s other books, so I’m looking forward to reading Shirley! I don’t expect to like it as much as Jane Eyre or Villette, but I’m hoping to enjoy it more than The Professor.

  6. Roof Beam Reader says:

    What an interesting list! Lots that I’ve never read or heard of – looking forward to your thoughts on these, when you get to them. East of Eden is brilliant, and I loved The Age of Innocence, too. Vanity Fair was a tough read, for me, but I truly appreciate it, in retrospect. David Copperfield might be my favorite Dickens (maybe 2nd favorite, after Edwin Drood) and I loved The Mill on the Floss. Good luck – hope the Spin is in your favor!

    • Helen says:

      I’m looking forward to reading all the books you mention eventually, even if they’re not picked for the Spin. I’m glad to hear you thought East of Eden was brilliant as I’ve felt a bit nervous about reading Steinbeck.

  7. lakesidemusing says:

    So many wonderful books on your list! I especially like Excellent Women and Vanity Fair, and East of Eden is an all-time favorite. You can never go wrong with Edith Wharton, and I wouldn’t mind reading more Elizabeth Gaskell. Good luck on Monday 🙂

    • Helen says:

      Thanks! I’ll be happy if I get any of the books you’ve mentioned – East of Eden is the only one of those I’ve been a bit hesitant about so if that one is selected at least it will give me the motivation to read it. Hopefully I’ll love it as much as you do.

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