The Classics Club Spin #18

How time flies because it’s time for another Classics Club spin!   My progress with my Classics Club list has been, shall we say, modest because I keep getting tempted by new releases and blog tours.  So this is a great opportunity to focus on it and at least get one book from the list read in the near future.

The rules are simple:

  • Go to your blog
  • Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List
  • Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog before Wednesday 1st August
  • That morning (1st August) The Classics Club will announce a number from 1-20. Go to the list of twenty books you posted, and select the book that corresponds to the number announced
  • The challenge is to read that book by 31st August .

Here’s my spin list.  My Classics Club list focused on women writers – with a few books by John Buchan thrown in – so my spin list reflects that.  I’ve chosen mainly books I already own so there’s no excuse not to read whatever is selected!

  1. The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
  2. The Dark Tide by Vera Brittain
  3. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  4. Witch Wood by John Buchan
  5. Castle Gay by John Buchan
  6. Romola by George Eliot
  7. Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell
  8. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  9. Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  10. Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann
  11. The Town House by Norah Lofts
  12. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  13. A Garden of Earthly Delights by Joyce Carol Oates
  14. All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West
  15. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
  16. Katherine by Anya Seton
  17. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  18. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor
  19. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Armin
  20. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

What would you be hoping for, or dreading, if you had my list? I’ll confess number 15 would be perfect for me as it’s one of my favourite books by Dorothy L. Sayers and I rarely get a chance to reread books these days. Dreading?  Hmm, I’m not going to say for fear of tempting fate…

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23 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin #18

  1. I spy a few favorites here! I love: Villete, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Invitation to the Waltz, The Enchanted April, Miss Pettigrew, and Their Eyes Were Watching God. I’m very excited to read Gaudy Nights, Katherine, and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. I look forward to seeing which book gets picked!

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    1. I’ll admit for this spin, given I have lots of other reading commitments in August, I deliberately didn’t choose anything that would be too challenging. This is supposed to be fun after all, lol.

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  2. Oh my! You have some of my favorites here—Mrs. Palfrey, Enchanted April, Their Eyes Were Watching God—so I’m hoping the wheel spins to one of these come August 1st.

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  3. So many great books on your list! I have Invitation on the Waltz on my list also. Of the others, I loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (long but a fast read); Their Eyes Were Watching God; Miss Pettigrew (a favorite, so charming!); Mrs. Palfrey, and Enchanted April — all of them are wonderful, I hope you get one of those.

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    1. Thanks, I’ll confess what with other reading commitments I’ve got in August I didn’t put anything on my list that I’d go “Oh, no” if it was chosen, at least I hope not.

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  4. That’s a great list! I love Katherine, so I hope you get that one, but The Enchanted April and Miss Pettigrew are both fun reads and would be perfect for the summer. Good luck. 🙂

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  5. Ohhhh a Vera Brittain I didn’t know about (adding to my wishlist as I type!)

    I read Their Eyes Were Watching God for a CC sync read many years ago – it was an incredible reading experience, so I wish you that for this spin 🙂

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  6. Oh, I like the sound of Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell. I’ve only read one of her horror stories – I think it was called The Old Nurse’s Story – and I thought it was great!

    (PS When I realised I hadn’t seen your spin list, I discovered I seem to have “unfollowed” you somehow – pesky WordPress! Now sorted – sorry!)

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