The Classics Club Spin for May/June

The Classics Club It’s time for another Classics Club spin!

Here are the rules:

* List any twenty books you have left to read from your Classics Club list.
* Number them from 1 to 20.
* Next Monday (May 12th) the Classics Club will announce a number.
* This is the book you need to read during May and June!

Here’s my list:

  1. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  2. Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor by R D Blackmore
  3. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
  4. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
  5. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  6. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  7. Parade’s End by Ford Maddox Ford
  8. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E M Forster
  9. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
  10. The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
  11. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  12. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  13. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  14. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson
  15. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  16. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  17. Barchester Towers (Barsetshire Chronicles, #2) by Anthony Trollope
  18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  19. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  20. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf

Some of these books have been on my shelves for several years now, so it’s definitely time to read at least one of them soon. Two of them are re-reads (1 and 15) but as I read them so long ago I really want to read them again. At the moment I’m undecided about which one to read first (although I’m half hoping it will be Out of Africa) so a spin result is a good way of choosing!

8 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin for May/June”

  1. Okay, I really hope you get Three Men in a Boat. That books was absolutely hilarious! For a more serious yet introspective read, I liked Out of Africa too. I’m reading Barchester Towers at the moment and it is great. I don’t think you could go wrong with any books on your list.

    Good luck!

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  2. I would be torn between ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ and ‘The Color Purple’. I didn’t think anything could better the film of ‘The Color Purple’ and then I read the book.

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    1. Alex, I saw the film of €˜The Color Purple’, which made me want to read the book, so it’s good to know the book is even better (they usually are). I’ve been meaning to read €˜Martin Chuzzlewit’ ever since I saw a TV adaptation – and that was years ago!

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  3. Hi Margaret,

    I am still trying to work out which book it is that you hope will come up in Monday’s spin?

    Do you have a secret system, whereby you have listed your books in a certain way which will provide the answer, or have you simply arranged your books in order of preference? …. No conspiracy theories here then!!! LOL

    Seriously, I have been very remiss over the years, in my reading of the classics and seeing them all listed like this, reminds me just how many great titles there really are. I do feel rather like something of a fraud, as I spend all of my time championing the continued non plagiarism or manipulation of these outstandingly talented authors and books, when I have in fact, read so few of them myself.

    I hope that the challenge enables you to cross a few more of these classics off your list and perhaps re-visit one or two others.

    Yvonne

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    1. Yvonne, there is no secret system, no way of arranging the list in any order (other than a-z by author). It’s a reduced list from the full list on my classics club challenge page and I used a random number generator to choose the books, as at some time over the next few years (I hope) I’d like to read all of them.

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