Classics Club Spin #20

classics club spin

It’s Classic Club Spin time again and the rules of the spin are:

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

My list is a bit different this time.

Five by Scottish authors:

1. The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
2. The Corn King and the Spring Queen by Naomi Mitchison
3. Miss Marjoribanks by Margaret Oliphant
4. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant
5. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott

Three by American authors:

6. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
7. The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights by John Steinbeck
8. Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck

Five by English men

9. End of the Chapter by John Galsworthy
10. Maurice by E.M. Forster
11. Angel Pavement by J.B. Priestley
12. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
13. The Tempest by Shakespeare

Five by English women

14. An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer
15. Hungry Hill by Daphne du Maurier
16. The House in Norham Gardens by Penelope Lively
17. Rider of the White Horse by Rosemary Sutcliff
18. The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff

and lastly two by a Russian author:

19. The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov
20. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Are any of these ones favourites with you?

23 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #20

  1. 1. The Soap Man Lewis, Harris, and Lord Leverhulme by Roger Hutchinson
    2. Calum’s Road by Roger Hutchinson
    3. Fletcher’s End by D. E. Stevenson
    4. Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge
    5. Salt on Your Tongue by Charlotte Runcie
    6. Hamish’s Groat’s End Walk by Hamish’s Brown
    7. Make Way for McCloskey by McCloskey
    8. Letters to Children by Beatrix Potter
    9. From the Land Comes the Cloth by Ian Lawson
    10. Enchanted Cornwall by Daphne DuMaurier

    • Julie,
      Don’t worry, I’m interested to see what people have on their classics list and if you don’t have a blog to list them on, I’m quite happy for you to do it here. It’s an interesting list, a copy of Calum’s Road is waiting for me to collect it at the library. I have a copy of Fletcher’s End – unread as yet, I must get around to it soon.

  2. I loved The House in Norham Gardens – it might be time to re-read it. And Miss Marjoribanks was my introduction to Margaret Oliphant, and much more fun than Salem Chapel in my mind.

    • Lisa,
      I thought I had read The House in Norham Gardens but apparently I haven’t. I started to read Salem Chapel a while ago and didn’t get very far, I rarely give up on books too. I’m glad to know that you enjoyed Miss Marjoribanks.

  3. The Black Arrow and The White Guard are both on my spin list, but at different numbers. I loved The Master and Margarita and enjoyed Hungry Hill and An Infamous Army too. I’ve actually just started reading The Mark of the Horse Lord (for 1965 Club next week), so it will be interesting to compare thoughts if you get that one.

    • Helen,
      I noticed those ones on your list too and was going to change them to the same numbers but because I had lumped some together in groups I couldn’t do that. I’m going to be reading The Mark of the Horse Lord too for the 1965 Club!

  4. Oh, gosh, this is such a fascinating, eclectic list!
    I’ll be so interested to see where the spin lands–
    I do wish you a grand choice, and have fun!

  5. I really liked Steinbeck’s King Arthur. But what I’m really interested in is your English Women section. I’ve read other books by all those authors, but not the ones you list. It would be curious to see what you thought!

    Good luck, & happy spinning!

    • Reese,
      I have a really nice copy of King Arthur and I really should get around to reading that one soon anyway. I must admit that I’ve tried reading du Maurier’s Hungry Hill a couple of times and given up on it which is very unusual for me, especially as I’ve really liked all of her other books.

  6. I really like the way you split your list up. The Way We Live Now and The Tempest catch my eye, the former I have yet to read and the latter I’ve read a couple of times. I love anything by Rosemary Sutcliff and Bulgakov is certainly not boring. I hope you have a great spin!

  7. I have become a huge fan of the Walter Scott historical fiction prize, but recently realised that I have not read ANY Walter Scott!!

    Which one should I start with? I’m leaning towards Waverley as that’s the one that has been given the title of being the first ever historical fiction.

    • Brona,
      I haven’t read Waverley yet, but my husband has, you can see what he thought of it here. He doesn’t recommend it as the one to start with. I really liked The Pirate, but Scott is very wordy, it often takes me a wee while to get used to that.

  8. I couldn’t reply to your list previously, Katrina, it’s been a busy week. I love the categories. You have some great titles here. I’m intrigued by the Steinbecks, both less well known. And any of the titles by the women authors would appeal to me.

    • Sandra,
      The Steinbecks probably won’t come up to the standard of his better known books, but I love his best ones so feel I want to read them all.

  9. I’m not terribly familiar with any of the titles here besides The Tempest (which I’ve both read and seen performed live), but I do have Oliphant on one of my many read someday lists. Good luck and happy reading!

    • amanda,
      Most of the Oliphant books are quite thick and as I have so many unread books in my piles it puts me off a wee bit! Thanks for dropping by.

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