Classics Club Spin #26: My List

It’s time for another Classics Club Spin! I’m looking forward to this one as I haven’t read anything from my Classics Club list since I finished my book from the previous spin, The Manuscript Found in Saragossa, in January.

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

The rules for Spin #26:

* List any twenty books you have left to read from your Classics Club list.
* Number them from 1 to 20.
* On Sunday 18th April the Classics Club will announce a number.
* This is the book you need to read by 31st May 2021.

And here is my list:

1. Goodbye Mr Chips by James Hilton
2. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
3. A Laodicean by Thomas Hardy
4. I Will Repay by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
5. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
6. Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
7. La Reine Margot by Alexandre Dumas
8. The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov
9. Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym
10. Armadale by Wilkie Collins (re-read)
11. Germinal by Emile Zola
12. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
13. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope
14. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
15. Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault
16. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
17. Pied Piper by Nevil Shute
18. Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
19. The Turquoise by Anya Seton
20. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy

Have you read any of these? Which number should I be hoping for on Sunday?

32 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #26: My List

  1. hopewellslibraryoflife says:

    Good-bye Mr. Chips is so wonderful. When I was in high school (76/77–79/80) we had to read so much Steinbeck–Grapes of Wrath, the Pearl, of Mice and Men-=probably more. I liked the Pearl. There’s a sort of “modern” re-telling of Grapes of Wrath that was good by TC Boyle, The Tortilla Curtain.

  2. Robin says:

    Number 17 on your list gets my vote, although it’s hard to choose because you’ve got some great ones on the list! I love Nevil Shute, and found Pied Piper to be very moving.

  3. Karen K. says:

    Haven’t read either of those by Hardy so I’m curious about them. Grapes of Wrath is excellent, and possibly influenced by Germinal, which is probably Zola’s finest novel. I also loved Jane & Prudence and The Duke’s Children (there’s a newly restored version now in paperback, definitely worth looking for). You have such a great variety in you spin list!

    • Helen says:

      I’ve read all of Hardy’s better known books, so have moved on to the more obscure ones now! I’d be happy to get any of the books you mention, particularly Germinal as it’s been such a long time since I’ve read anything by Zola.

    • Helen says:

      I’m pleased to hear you’re enjoying Nicholas Nickleby! I would love to get The Brothers Karamazov – I think if it doesn’t come up in the spin I’ll probably read it soon anyway.

    • Helen says:

      I’ve only read two other books by Zola, but I enjoyed them both so I would love to get Germinal. I would be very happy with The Trumpet Major too.

  4. Reese says:

    Ooh, I’m interested your Hardys, neither of which I’ve read. Of the ones I’ve read I particularly liked Armadale (which you’ve read, so you know) and Nicholas Nickleby. Brothers Karamazov is pretty great, of course, but intense.

    Still, I want you to get one of the Hardys… 😉

    Happy spinning!

    • Helen says:

      Thomas Hardy is one of my favourite Victorian authors so I would love to get either of those books! Armadale would be good too as it’s been so long since I read it I’ve forgotten most of the plot.

  5. whatcathyreadnext says:

    I haven’t read anything by Barbara Pym but I’ve seen many positive reviews of her novels. I’ve loved the Willa Cather novels I’ve read although I’m not familiar with the one on your list. Personally I’d be hoping for the Mary Renault. My list will be up later this week although I’ve only five left on my Classics Club list so they each appear four times.

    • Helen says:

      I’ve enjoyed a few other books by both Barbara Pym and Willa Cather so I’m looking forward to reading more. I would like to get the Mary Renault as I’ve had that book on my shelf for a long time!

  6. jessicabookworm says:

    The only one I have read off your list in Nicholas Nickleby, which I vaguely remember enjoying, but like Ivanhoe, it has been so long I remember very little else! Hence is also being on my list for a re-read. Good luck and happy ‘Spinning’! 🤞🙂

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