Classics Club Spin #33: My list

I wasn’t going to take part in the next Classics Club Spin as I’ve had a stressful week and not much time to think about blogging, but in the end I couldn’t resist. I’m coming towards the end of my Classics Club list now and would like to finish it by the end of the year, so joining in with the spins will help me to reach that goal. If you’re not sure what a CC Spin is, here’s a reminder:

The rules for Spin #33:

* List any twenty books you have left to read from your Classics Club list.
* Number them from 1 to 20.
* On Sunday 19th March the Classics Club will announce a number.
* This is the book you need to read by 30th April 2023.

Here’s my list:

1. The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov
2. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
3. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
4. Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner
5. Random Harvest by James Hilton
6. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
7. Claudius the God by Robert Graves
8. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy
9. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
10. Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
11. The Elusive Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
12. Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault
13. Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff
14. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
15. Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner
16. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy
17. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
18. Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
19. The Elusive Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
20. Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault


With only 13 books left on my Classics Club list, I’ve had to include some of them twice. I don’t really mind which one I get, but something short would be nice!

21 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #33: My list

  1. FictionFan says:

    Hmm, short kind of rules out Nicholas Nickleby then, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Strangers on a Train for you instead! Whichever one you get I hope it’s one that you enjoy. 😀

  2. Cyberkitten says:

    I read ‘Claudius the God’ *decades* ago but can’t remember anything about it. ‘Rogue Male’ is an interesting read which I enjoyed. I only know some of the others from the movie adaptations. I’d be interested in ‘Strangers on a Train’ or ‘The Elusive Pimpernel’ I think…

    • Helen says:

      It’s been a few years since I read I, Claudius so I’m hoping I won’t have a problem picking up the story again in Claudius the God. I’m glad you enjoyed Rogue Male – I would like to get that one.

  3. Shellie says:

    Sorry you’ve had a tough week, but glad you are doing the spin…this will be my first time to take part in it. I will post tomorrow, Saturday my list of 20. I need to get going on it! I see we both have Strangers On a Train listed! I was going to start that one soon anyway. Hoping your coming week is stress free!

  4. Margaret says:

    Nicholas Nickleby, Strangers on a Train and Fire from Heaven are on my list too but at different numbers. I hope you’ll enjoy whichever one comes up in the spin – preferably a short one! I hope next week will be less stressful for you.

    • Helen says:

      Thanks, Margaret – I really hope it will be a better week! I’ll look forward to hearing what you think if you get any of the books that are on my list too.

  5. jekc says:

    Lots of good reads there, so a fair prospect of getting one that you really enjoy. Fingers crossed. Sorry to hear that you have had a stressful week. Hope things sort themselves out.

  6. Lark says:

    Is the Elusive Pimpernel a sequel to The Scarlet Pimpernel? Because I loved that book. And Strangers on the Trains is my favorite Highsmith novel. (And one of my favorite Hitchcock, movie, too.) Happy spinning! 😀

    • Helen says:

      Yes, The Elusive Pimpernel is another one in the Scarlet Pimpernel series. I would love to get that one in the spin. I’m glad you like Strangers on a Train too!

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