Classics Club Spin #22: My list

I don’t seem to have read as many classics as usual this year, so I was pleased to see the Classics Club announce another of their Spins today. I really enjoyed my last Spin book (Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy) so I’m hoping for another good result this time.

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

The rules for Spin #22:

* List any twenty books you have left to read from your Classics Club list.
* Number them from 1 to 20.
* On Sunday 22nd December the Classics Club will announce a number.
* This is the book you need to read by 31st January 2020.

And here is my list:

1. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
2. Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner
3. Castle Dor by Daphne du Maurier
4. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade
5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
6. Claudius the God by Robert Graves
7. Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault
8. Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym
9. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
10. I Will Repay by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
11. Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem by Emilio Salgari
12. The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
13. In a Dark Wood Wandering by Hella S Haasse
14. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
15. La Reine Margot by Alexandre Dumas
16. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
17. Germinal by Emile Zola
18. High Rising by Angela Thirkell
19. The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov
20. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

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

26 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #22: My list

  1. tbr313 says:

    High Rising or Jane & Prudence! I’ve been meaning to re-read The Duke’s Children myself, I remember so little of the story.

    • Helen says:

      I would like to get The Duke’s Children as I’ve enjoyed the other Palliser books and really need to finish the series so I can move on to Trollope’s standalones. I’ll be happy with either High Rising or Jane and Prudence too.

  2. Judy Krueger says:

    Oh, I hope you get A Passage to India and we can compare our reactions! I saw the movie last week and it was a good adaptation of the novel, I thought.

    • Helen says:

      It will be interesting to see if I agree with your thoughts on it! I haven’t seen the adaptation but maybe I’ll try to watch it after I’ve read the book.

  3. whatmeread says:

    Hmm, you have some good ones there. It depends on your mood. For lightness, the Thirkell would be good. For something more substantial, A Passage to India or Fire from Heaven. For adventure, La Reine Margot.

    • Helen says:

      I would be happy to get any of those four, but I’m particularly hoping for La Reine Margot as it’s been a few years since I last read anything by Dumas.

  4. Alyson Woodhouse says:

    The CC spin seems to have come round again quite quickly. I hope you get the Chrysalids, as it stuck in my mind when I read it years ago, and I would be interested to know what you thought. A Passage to India is not my favorite Forster, but a lot of other people love it, and I think you probably would too.

  5. FictionFan says:

    I loved The White Guard, so I’m hoping you might get it, although I’m most intrigued by The Cloister and the Hearth because I’ve never heard of it, nor of the author as far as I can recall. Good luck!

    • Helen says:

      The White Guard sounds great – I would love to get that one! I don’t know much about The Cloister and the Hearth myself, but Charles Reade was apparently very popular in the 19th century, so I’m curious to see what it’s like.

    • Helen says:

      I’ve had mixed feelings about Steinbeck in the past – I loved East of Eden but didn’t like The Pearl – so I’m looking forward to trying another of his books.

  6. piningforthewest says:

    That is a great list. I’ve read 13 of them and I liked them all, especially Germinal although it is a bit depressing. High Rising would be a lovely light read for this time of the year.

    • Helen says:

      I still haven’t read anything by Angela Thirkell but High Rising does sound perfect for the time of year. I’m not sure if I’m really in the mood for Zola but I’ve been meaning to read Germinal for ages so I won’t be too unhappy if it does come up.

    • Helen says:

      I’m glad to hear you loved The Cloister and the Hearth – it does sound appealing! It will be interesting to compare thoughts on The Black Arrow if that one comes up.

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