The Classics Club Spin # 25

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It’s Classics Club Spin spin time again, how quickly it comes around. Ths spin number will be chosen on Sunday the 22nd of November, but this time we have almost 9 weeks to read the book which comes up in the spin. It should be read by the 30th of January. I have a few chunksters on my list so it would be ideal if one of those ones came up. Are you participating this time around?

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. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
7. Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
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. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
19. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
20. The Corn King and the Spring Queen by Naomi Mitchison

25 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin # 25

  1. There are a lot of interesting titles and authors on your list and many I have never heard of. I had never heard of Coriolanus but Glen has. I think I will enjoy what you have to say about any of them.

    • tracybham,
      I have a wee leather bound copy of Coriolanus which has been sitting looking at me for years so it’s about time I got around to reading it. With a name like Glen, surely he is of Scottish descent!

  2. Hi Katrina,
    I think I may participate…Got to get my head and my list in gear.
    I enjoyed perusing your list. I hope that you spin to a book you are dying to read. I’m intrigued by the Galsworthy title, which is not familiar. And glory, I STILL haven’t managed to read a Trollope, though I bought Barchester Towers last February. Thank you for reminding me! That puts a bug in my ear! And both Kafka’s I’ve read and enjoyed. Will remind you of our current stupidly political times, but in a more positive way than if you had to read Mein Kampf or something godawful like that.
    I owe you an email, because I’m thinking so much of your grandchild on the way! Hope your knitting is progressing!

    • Judith,
      I’ve never had any inclination to read Mein Kampf. Only three or so weeks to go so it could be anytime now, however we almost certainly won’t be allowed to travel to see the newborn, it’ll be by Zoom only probably. Who would ever have thought that something like this would happen?!

      • Oh, Katrina–Of course that’s true, but I hadn’t thought of that. I am so sorry that everything will have to be virtual. And I commiserate because I would be dying to hold the wee one in my arms. Acch! (And vicariously, I’d be dying to learn of your experiences doing so!
        We’ve all right with Thanksgiving and Christmas alone. But how I wish that all the people saying they CAN’T forego their family gatherings, I just want to say. You can survive a Christmas and Thanksgiving alone, come on. And if you say you can’t survive it, will everyone in your family party survive this?? I truly don’t understand this world, but I do LIKE Joe Biden and his message to the country today.
        So want to catch up with you. I’ve been knitting like a fiend. I do hope your grandchild’s wardrobe is shaping up!
        The very best to you and Jack,

  3. I read The Black Arrow for the last spin, so I’ll be interested to hear what you think if you get that one. The only other book on your list that I’ve read is Death in Venice which is nice and short, but as you say, this would be an ideal time for one of the longer books!

    • Helen,
      I had been meaning to get around to reading The Black Arrow by now, but I don’t think I’ve read any of the books left on my list – apart from the spin books. I really should buckle down and polish them off.

  4. There are some lovely titles here, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee sounds wonderful! I have Montaigne’s essays on my list too, good luck for Sunday!

    • Emma,
      Interesting, I’ve been putting off reading number 8 for quite a while, but I enjoyed The Castle so I have high hopes now. I have never read anything by Jakob von Gunten.
      Thanks for dropping by.

  5. I wish the Dr Dolittle for you – those books are such fun! I have happy memories of travelling around the Scottish highlands and Outer Hebrides with my daughter on a hiking/family history research trip several years ago, so have Burns on my list!

    • Sue,
      Thanks, I’ve read a few of the Doctor Dolittle books and really liked them. I hope you had decent weather for your Highland travelling! I’ve never seen Burns on anyone’s list before.
      Thanks for dropping by.

    • Mareli,
      I hope you enjoy being in the Classics Club. You have some good books on your list, I’ve only read six of them but liked them all. Thanks for dropping by.

  6. Katrinam, I am also taking part in the Spin! I haven’t read any of the books you’ve listed, but I do have another of Sir Walter Scott’s books on my list: Ivanhoe. I have actually read it, but it sooo many years ago, I remember little to nothing about it! Good luck with the Spin! 🤞😃

    • jessicabookworm,
      I read Ivanhoe a while ago, Scott’s writing style takes a wee bit of getting used to, he’s really wordy but I always end up enjoying his books. Thanks for dropping by.

    • Joseph,

      I’m thinking that maybe The Trial will be a wee bit depressing for these pandemic times, no doubt if I get it in the spin I’ll cope. Thanks for dropping by.

  7. Very good list – it reminded me that I read Bury my heart at Wounded Knee when I was a teenager and still remember it, which is a good sign 🙂

    • Iza,
      It’s always a good sign when you can remember books years later, I suspect it’s not a book to be enjoyed but I feel I should read it – sometime. Thanks for dropping by.

  8. The Way We Live Now is BRILLIANT. It’s long, but I could not put it down! And I love that you have Dorothy Whipple on your list, I love her books. Good luck with the spin!

    • Karen K.
      The thickness of most of Trollope’s books can be really off putting but I also find that I can hardly put them down so they don’t take me too long to read. The Whipple is a really ancient copy with small print and that is what has put me off from reading it before now.

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