Classics Club Spin – # 24


It’s Classics Club Spin time again – number 24. The spin number will be chosen on Sunday the 9th of August and I’ll be writing about whichever book I have to read by the 30th September 2020.

My spin list is:

1. Montaigne essays
2. High Wages by Dorothy Whipple
3. Coot Club by Arthur Ransome
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. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
9. The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
10. Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
11. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
12. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
13. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade
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’ve read quite a few chunky books recently so I’d really prefer to avoid reading some of the heftier books on my list, such as Salem Chapel and The Corn King and the Spring Queen, actually there are quite a few hefty books on this list, the odds might be against me!

16 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin – # 24

  1. There are some lovely titles here, Katrina. I hope you are pleased with whichever one comes up for you. I can’t decide whether to join in this time or not!

  2. The only one of these I’ve read is The Way We Live Now, which I thoroughly enjoyed. But I’d quite like to see you get Kenilworth so you can let me know if it’s one I should prioritise in my bid to read more Scott! Bit selfish of me, I admit… 😉

    • FictionFan,

      I’d be quite happy to get Kenilworth. I always find Scott very wordy to begin with but it doesn’t take long to get used to his writing style.

  3. Is it wrong of me to cross my fingers for Kafka or Montaigne? And if it lands on Montaigne, will you be reading all of his essays (there are a lot!) or do you have a selected edition?

    • Stefanie,
      I only have a 1976 Penguin Classics copy of Montaigne, it has 406 pages so that’s not too huge. I presume it’s just a selection of his essays. I’ve been meaning to read this book since reading the Sarah Bakewell book How to Live – A life of Montaigne way back in 2016 so it really is about time I got around to it. Kafka would be fine too.

  4. A lot of these are new to me, the books not the authors. Angela Thirkell is an author I want to try, but I have been adding too many new-to-me authors to my piles.

    • tracybham,
      I like Angela Thirkell but she’s not everybody’s cup of tea, her books can be a bit silly but fun. Probably good pandemic reading really. I’ve been whittling away at my own books recently as our libraries still aren’t open.

  5. Angela Thirkell is excellent pandemic reading, Summer Half is a delight — wish I’d added more Thirkell to my list! The Way We Live Now is wonderful, and a surprisingly fast read — it was my first Trollope and I was hooked, I kept sneaking off to read “just one more chapter.” Also loved High Wages. And I’m very curious about King Arthur, I love Steinbeck and that’s one I haven’t read yet though I do have a copy somewhere. Good luck with your spin pick!

    • Karen K,

      Strictly speaking I don’t really think of Thirkell as a classic author, but I’m re-reading them all in order and will read it soonish anyway. It is surprising how quickly Trollope’s books can be read, especially if they are on Kindle.

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