Classics Club Spin #31: My list

It’s time for another Classics Club Spin. This is the 31st – I can’t believe there have been so many! If you’re not sure what a CC Spin is, here’s a reminder:

The rules for Spin #31:

* List any twenty books you have left to read from your Classics Club list.
* Number them from 1 to 20.
* On Sunday 18th September the Classics Club will announce a number.
* This is the book you need to read by 30th October 2022.

Here’s my list:

1. The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov
2. The Fortune of the Rougons by Émile Zola
3. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
4. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
5. Claudius the God by Robert Graves
6. Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff
7. Random Harvest by James Hilton
8. Farewell the Tranquil Mind by RF Delderfield
9. Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner
10. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
11. A Laodicean by Thomas Hardy
12. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
13. Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym
14. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
15. The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr by ETA Hoffmann
16. Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
17. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy
18. Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault
19. Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell
20. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins

I only have 18 books left on my Classics Club list so have had to repeat some of them. I don’t really mind which of these I get, but is there any particular number you think I should be hoping for?

29 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #31: My list

  1. jekc says:

    I think you are right to give yourself twice the chance of reading Strangers on a Train, really good book! Still can’t quite believe that and The Talented Mr Ripley were amongst her first few books – the definition of hitting the ground running! Is the Zola novel part of his long saga? I’ve thought about working my way through those novels at some point.

    • Helen says:

      I’ve still never read anything by Patricia Highsmith and have only heard good things about Strangers on a Train, so I would love to get that one in the spin! Yes, the Zola novel is the first in the Rougon-Macquart series. I’ve already read one of the later books in the series but thought it would be interesting to go back to the beginning and work through them in order.

  2. mallikabooks15 says:

    I love Nicholas Nickleby and Random Harvest too is so so good, and Pym is always enjoyable. Moonfleet I read ages ago but remember enjoying it. Very pleased to see Tomcat Murr on your list, a book I learnt about only recently. Definitely curious to know what a bourgeois cat is like😺

  3. Margaret says:

    I’ve read The End of the Affair which I didn’t enjoy much, but it is a dark and compelling book, with more emphasis on character than on plot. I’ve also read The Trumpet Major, but that was at school and I don’t remember much about it at all, so I think I’ll add it to my CC list. I loved I, Claudius and Claudius the God years ago.

    • Helen says:

      I added The End of the Affair to my Classics Club list a while ago when it was a Six Degrees of Separation book, so I’ll be interested to see what I think of it. I enjoyed I, Claudius and am hoping I haven’t left it too long to read the sequel!

  4. Lark says:

    I’m a Barbara Pym fan so I always hope for Jane and Prudence. But I really liked Strangers on a Train, too. Oh, and The End of the Affair is a good one, too.

  5. Karen K. says:

    You can’t go wrong with Barbara Pym! Wilkie Collins is fun too. I haven’t read either of those Hardy novels so I’m very intrigued.

    • Helen says:

      I haven’t read anything by Pym or Collins for a few years, so would love to get either of those books. I’ve read all of Hardy’s better known novels and am working through the more obscure ones now!

  6. FictionFan says:

    I missed out on this spin but I’ll be cheering you on with your Zola from the sidelines! I’ve only read one of his books, about a hundred years ago, but I seem to remember enjoying it a lot and making a mental note to read more. That clearly worked well… 😉

    • Helen says:

      I haven’t read much of his work either, but I’ve enjoyed the little I’ve read (except for Germinal, which was just the wrong book at the wrong time, I think).

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