Classics Club Spin #21: My List

I was just thinking that it had been a long time since the last Classics Club Spin and then one was announced yesterday! I feel that I’ve read very few classics so far this year (apart from classic crime), so I’m hoping that this spin will motivate me to start making some progress with my Classics Club list again.

If you’re not sure what a Classics Spin is, here’s a reminder:

The rules for Spin #21:

* List any twenty books you have left to read from your Classics Club list.
* Number them from 1 to 20.
* On Monday 23rd September the Classics Club will announce a number.
* This is the book you need to read by 31st October.

And here is my list:

1. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
2. La Reine Margot by Alexandre Dumas
3. Castle Dor by Daphne du Maurier
4. Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner
5. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
6. I Will Repay by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
7. Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym
8. Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault
9. Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem by Emilio Salgari
10. The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
11. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
12. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade
13. In a Dark Wood Wandering by Hella S Haasse
14. Claudius the God by Robert Graves
15. The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov
16. Germinal by Emile Zola
17. The Long Ships by Frans G Bengtsson
18. The Black Sheep by Honoré de Balzac
19. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
20. Goodbye Mr Chips by James Hilton

Which of these do you think I should be hoping for on Monday?

31 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #21: My List

  1. whatcathyreadnext says:

    Plenty on there I wouldn’t mind – Moonfleet (haven’t read that since I was at school…so a long time ago!), Castle Dor (a du Maurier I haven’t read), Claudius the God (love Robert Graves’ novels) or Goodbye Mr. Chips (haven’t read it but remember seeing the film version with Robert Donat one Sunday afternoon and getting a bit tearful).

  2. Alyson Woodhouse says:

    Another great list. I found Daniel Deronda a rather long read, but ultimately worth sticking with. Two on a Tower is not among my favorite Hardy novels, but still worth a read. Personally, I would probably plump for Pym, as her name has come up quite a lot recently, or Du Morier, as I have never read a book by her I disliked.

    • Helen says:

      I have read most of Hardy’s better known books so am working through the more obscure ones now. I’m glad you think Two on a Tower is worth reading and Daniel Deronda too, although I’m secretly hoping for one of the shorter books on my list!

  3. Silvia says:

    Love the Karamazov brothers, and I am intrigued about Sandokan. There was a series when I was a teen that we all loved and watched in the summer afternoons in Spain.

  4. FictionFan says:

    I’ve only read three – The Chrysalids, The White Guard and Goodbye, Mr Chips. I loved the first two and liked the third, but I think you might love it. So I hope you get any one of those. Whatever you get, I hope it’s a goodie!

    • Helen says:

      I would be happy with any of those, although I have to admit I’m particularly hoping for Goodbye Mr Chips – I think I deserve a short book this time after my last few spin results!

    • Helen says:

      I’m glad to hear that. I would prefer one of the shorter books on my list, but if I do get Daniel Deronda I’ll still be quite happy as I’ve enjoyed everything else I’ve read by Eliot so far.

  5. Elizabeth Bailey says:

    I’ve read I Will Repay, Fire from Heaven, The Chrysalids and Claudius the God – long time ago all of them. If I were you I would avoid La Reine Margot – saw a film adaptation and it had a very French ending. Can’t say more without a spoiler but I hated it for that. Of the ones I’ve read, I’d hope you get The Chrysalids. It’s a must read from Wyndham, I think.

    • Helen says:

      That’s a shame. I still want to read La Reine Margot as I love Dumas, but thanks for the warning. And yes, The Chrysalids would be a good result – I’ve enjoyed everything else I’ve read by Wyndham so far.

  6. Judy Krueger says:

    I hope you get one you really want to read. Doesn’t seem you could go too wrong with this list though The Brothers K would scare me to death!

    • Helen says:

      Thank you. I would be happy to get any of the books on my list, but Dostoevsky’s books certainly aren’t easy reads! I have heard good things about The Brothers K though, so I’m looking forward to it.

  7. piningforthewest says:

    That’s a good list, I’ve read ten of them. The only one I will have on mine is The Black Arrow so I’ll put it at number 10 so that we can compare thoughts if that number comes up.

    • Helen says:

      It will be interesting to see what we both think of number 10 if it comes up. Otherwise I don’t really mind which book I get – I’ve been looking forward to reading all of these.

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