Classics Club Spin #22

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It’s Classics Club Spin time again, they seem to be coming around fast.

The rules are:

* List any twenty books you have left to read from your Classics Club list.
* Number them from 1 to 20.
* On Sunday 22nd December the Classics Club will announce a number.
* This is the book you need to read by 31st January 2020.

My list is:

1. Montaigne essays
2. High Wages by Dorothy Whipple
3. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
4. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott
5. Doctor Dolittle and the Green Parrot by Hugh Lofting
6. Summer Half by Angela Thirkell
7. Hungry Hill by Daphne du Maurier
8. The House in Norham Gardens by Penelope Lively
9. Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
10. The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
11. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
12. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
13. Rider of the White Horse by Rosemary Sutcliff
14. The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights by John Steinbeck
15. Sing for Your Supper by Pamela Frankau
16. End of the Chapter by John Galsworthy
17. The Trial by Franz Kafka
18. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant
19. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
20. The Corn King and the Spring Queen by Naomi Mitchison

I’m on my second list of 50 now and I only have 20 books left unread on it. I’ve been meaning to get around to reading High Wages by Dorothy Whipple for ages now so I’d be very happy if number 2 popped up as the spin number, but there’s really nothing that I’m dreading on this list – other than maybe preferring not to get a chunkster, but I think that most of them are fairly weighty books.

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8 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #22

  1. I think the only one I’ve read is The Way We Live Now and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I may have read the Galsworthy – I read loads of his stuff back when I was a young’un but can’t remember much about them now except a general sense of having enjoyed them too. Good luck with whichever you get!

    • FictionFan,
      I love Trollope so I would be very happy to get The Way We Live Now. I loved The Forsyte Saga – both versions on TV and I’ve read most of the books now so I wouldn’t mind getting the Galsworthy too.

    • Brona,
      I’ve been meaning to read that book for over 20 years I’m sure, ever since my husband recommended it, so it would be good if I got it in the spin.

  2. Good luck! I’ve only read three of those – I loved The Master and Margarita and enjoyed both Hungry Hill and Rider of the White Horse. The Black Arrow is on my list too but at a different number.

    • Helen,
      I think I was organised enough to have The Black Arrow at the same number as you in the last spin, I might do that again. I almost never give up on a book but Hungry Hill didn’t grab me at all, it’s on my list to make me read it, it’s strange as I’ve liked and often loved her other books.

  3. Katrina, what a stellar list! I can see that any one of the twenty would fascinate me. I’m cutting and pasting as we speak.
    The only one I’ve read is The Trial–what an incredible novel–made a huge impression on me in my late teens. Huge!
    I will be so interested to see how the magic wheel falls on 22 December.
    I would really like to do this, too, but I have so much going on–I’m continuing with my novel. Had a one-on-one by phone with my fiction writing instructor today, who recommended a number of books for me, vis a vis my novel. And I’m not forgetting our all-important The Winter’s Tale!

    • Judith,
      Your energy and enthusiasm never ceases to amaze me, you always have a new project on the go! I’m not at all sure that I would enjoy getting a list of books recommendations from an instructor though, but I do wonder what she recommended – anything we would know?

      I’ll read The Trial soonish – whatever.

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