It's Spin Time!

The Classics Club Spin, that is. I don’t mind which book comes up in the Spin as they are all books I’d like to read. I quite fancy reading one of Dickens’ books this summer and can’t decide which one! And that is why I’ve included five of his books in the list.

Here are the rules:

* List any twenty books you have left to read from your Classics Club list.The Classics Club
* Number them from 1 to 20.
* Next Monday (August 11th) the Classics Club will announce a number.
* This is the book you need to read by October 6th.

Here’s my list:

  1. Lady Susan/The Watsons/Sanditon by Jane Austen – her first full-length novel
  2. Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor by R D Blackmore
  3. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen – I’ve been meaning to read this ever since I saw the film, which is only loosely based on the book.
  4. No Name by Wilkie Collins – because I liked The Moonstone and The Woman in White
  5. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  6. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
  7. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  8. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  9. Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  10. Parade’s End by Ford Maddox Ford – I liked the TV series with Benedict Cumberbatch so much, I hope I like the book!
  11. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E M Forster
  12. The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
  13. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  14. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  15. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  16. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson
  17. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  18. Barchester Towers (Barsetshire Chronicles, #2) by Anthony Trollope
  19. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  20. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf – her first novel

14 thoughts on “It's Spin Time!

  1. Well, I’m reading The Watsons as part of my Austen in August list, and I loved both Lady Susan and Sanditon. So interesting to speculate on how she might have proceeded with her unfinished works.

    May the odds be ever in your favor, and with a list like this, you cannot lose.

    You’ve got some of my favorites on your list, and I’ve been meaning to read Out of Africa for decades now! I read Travels with a Donkey a couple of years ago–some interesting parts but overall a bit of a sleeper.


    • Jane, I didn’t know about Jane Austen’s first book until I began blogging – it’ll be interesting to see her early work.

      Shame that Travels with a Donkey is a ‘bit of a sleeper’ – I like the idea of this book and have liked Stevenson’s other books that I’ve read.


  2. Good luck! I loved both No Name and Barchester Towers. I hope you get one of the Dickens books, though, if that’s what you fancy reading.


    • Thanks, Helen – as Jane said I don’t think I can lose with this list and that is what I like about the Spin – the decision of what to read next is easy, although if I don’t get a Dickens then I’ll probably read one anyway. 🙂


  3. Margaret – What a fun and interesting way to to choose your next classic read! And I like the way you’ve put your focus on Dickens. I’ll be interested in finding out which one you read.


  4. Like Cleo, I’m excited to see Wharton & Out of Africa on your list. I hope you get one of those, or of course a Dickens, since that’s your personal preference. 🙂


Comments are closed.