Classics Club Spin number 17

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* List any twenty books you have left to read from your Classics Club list.
* Number them from 1 to 20.
* On Friday 9th March the Classics Club will announce a number.
* This is the book you need to read by 30th April 2018

Yes it’s Classics Club Spin time again. Just a bit of fun and the bonus for me is I don’t have to decide which book to read next. So I’m listing 20 books from my Classics Club list. April the 30th seems a long way away to me, but no doubt it’ll gallop up on us. The spin number will be announced on March the 9th.

My list is:

1. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope
2. Nana by Emile Zola
3. The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott
4. Hungry Hill by Daphne du Maurier
5. The Black Arrow by R.L. Stevenson
6. The Broken Road by Patrick Leigh Fermor
7. Montaigne
8. Summer Half by Angela Thirkell
9. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott
10. Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Laclos
11. Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter
12. High Wages by Dorothy Whipple
13. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
14. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
15. Orkneyinga Saga
16. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
17. The House in Norham Gardens by Penelope Lively
18. The Corn King and the Spring Queen by Naomi Mitchison
19. Miss Marjoribanks by Margaret Oliphant
20. If This Is a Man by Primo Levi

I’m not terribly fussed which number I get but as I’ve recently read Anna Karenina and at the moment I’m reading Pawn in Frankincense, both of which are hefty volumes, I’d rather avoid a chunkster. I’ve just realised though that there are quite a few thick books on my list.

12 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin number 17

  1. I see we both have One Hundred Years of Solitude at number 14! I wonder if that’ll be the spin number …

    At just over 400 pages it’s not a long as some, but my paperback copy is in such a small font! I think I may have to get an Kindle copy.

    • Margaret,
      What a coincidence, I don’t think it was number 14 in my original list. I sort of hope we get 14 so we can compare notes! I really dislike small print although some of the vintage crime reprints have a massive type, doubling the size of the book.

  2. That’s made me look at what no. 14 is on my list: The Prophet by Kahil Gibran. I’d be happy with that! My list is done but I’ll wait until the number is drawn and add the ‘winner’ to the end of the post. So it will be out on the 9th. (I seem to be posting so much at the moment, thought I’d avoid two posts for the spin.)

    A wide spread on your list Katrina. Orkneyinasaga sounds fascinating. (If you get that, I’ll get Animal Farm…)

    • Sandra,
      I bought the Orkneyinga Saga after our visit to Orkney, wanting to know more about the place and had intended reading it before now.

  3. That’s an interesting list. The only one I’ve read is Hungry Hill, which I enjoyed, but I have both The Black Arrow and The Corn King and the Spring Queen on my spin list too. In fact, if number 5 comes up we’ll both be reading The Black Arrow. Good luck on Friday!

    • Helen,
      Wow, well if number 5 comes up that’ll spur me on to finish it this time. If it doesn’t come up maybe we can arrange to do a readalong of it together sometime in the future.

  4. Nana was my first Zola – love at first sight, so to speak. Les Liaisons Dangerous is amazing too & you’ll get to watch the great movie with Glenn Close & john Malkovich afterwards 🙂

    If This is a Man is tough read, but important.

    Good luck!

  5. Great list! Both Trollopes are wonderful, and I loved Miss Marjoribanks. I also have Summer Half on my list but a different number. I haven’t read Hungry Hill but I just got a copy at a used bookstore a couple of weeks ago! I should have put it on my list!

    Good luck with your spin pick!

    • Karen K.
      Thanks. Summer Half will be a re-read for me as I’ve read the whole series (I think) but now I want to read it all in the correct order. I’ve always really loved anything I’ve read by du Maurier but I just couldn’t get on with Hungry Hill for some reason. I’m willing to give it another go though!

  6. I’ve been longing to reply to this post for a while now, if only to say that I’m fascinated by your list, which I will now copy into my computer file of books I hope and want to read. Thank you for sharing it, Katrina.
    I “looked up” Gene Stratton Porter and was so intrigued by her life and the landscape she lived in, in northeast Indiana. I chose to look her up because I thought that “Freckles” might be the title of a novel about a dog. As a child I once knew a lovely beagle named Freckles.

    • Judith,
      I’ve known of her for ages but haven’t got around to reading any of her books yet. I must admit that I bought a copy of Freckles because I found a lovely copy with beautiful endpapers from 1915 – and it cost me all of £1. Freckles seems to be a young man seeking work.
      The author was quite some gal it would seem!

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