The Classics Club Spin: My List

It’s time for another  Classics Club Spin. By 22 April compile a Spin List of twenty books that remain ‘to be read’ on your Classics Club list.

On that day the Classics Club will randomly pick a number and that will be the book to read. You then have until the 31st May 2019 to finish your book and review it.

I have only 15 unread books left on my list  so, I’ve repeated five of the titles to make the numbers up to 20 – Little Dorrit, Oliver Twist, The Return of the Native, Sweet Thursday and Clouds of Witness.

  1. The Riddle of the Third Mile by Colin Dexter
  2. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  3. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  4. Parade’s End by Ford Maddox Ford
  5. The Forsyte Saga (1) : The Man of Property by John Galsworthy
  6. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  7. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  8. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  9. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  10. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L Sayers
  11. A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute
  12. The Saint- Fiacre Affair by Georges Simenon
  13. Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
  14. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
  15. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  16. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  17. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  18. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  19. Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
  20. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L Sayers

I think I’d like it to be one of Charles Dickens’s books …

22 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin: My List”

    1. I’ve been wanting to read this for so long – ever since I watched the TV adaptation with Nyree Dawn Porter as Irene! So if this gives me the push to do it I’ll be delighted, even if it means I’ll have to read the entire series.

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  1. I loved Clouds of Witness so I hope you get that. Man in the Queue is good but not the best Josephine Tey… but that’s only ‘my’ opinion. A Town Like Alice takes me back to my teenage years and reading several Nevil Shutes and loads of Hammond Innes. I investigated Nevil Shute a year or two ago and found he’d written some excellent sounding books that I’d never read so I must resurrect those from the depths of my Kindle.

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    1. I did started Man in the Queue a while back, but other books distracted me and I never got back to it – I’ll bear in mind what you say. I think I read A Town Like Alice too when I was a teenager, but reading the blurb it doesn’t seem familiar at all!

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  2. I’m feeling in the mood for a Dickens too. Maybe it’s the darker, longer nights drawing us into winter days in Australia that makes me think of English weather & Dickens!!

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  3. Quite a list, especially since it includes so many Dickens (although I see now that you have some of the titles in two places) I am not able to read his books, although I read two. I might, one day, go for A Tale of Two Cities and possibly Great Expectations. Love Hardy though and would like to read more of this novels. All Quiet on the Western Front is a great book. Much easier to read than I anticipated. One of the best tellings on how terrible wars are.

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    1. I think watching the TV adaptations of Dickens’s books helped me – but actually the books are better. Maybe start with Great Expectations – or A Christmas Carol. I love Hardy too. Good to hear that All Quiet on the Western Front is a great book – and it’s not very long either.

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  4. You do have some great titles on this list, Margaret. And it is hard to go wrong with a Dickens. I’ll be really interested in which one you get, as all of them have their own appeal.

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  5. I had the same problem as you – less than 20 books on my list – but never thought about doubling up. How silly of me, I just added more titles…..

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  6. What a great list! I can’t wait to read The Forsyte Saga! It’s great to see a Sayers on your list and I’m also intrigued by the Josephine Tey. I hope you get the book you want from the spin!

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  7. I haven’t read many of the books on your list but I loved the two Hardy novels and I found Orlando much more enjoyable than I’d expected. Good luck on Monday!

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  8. You definitely will want to read all of the Forsyte books. After reading them I even bought the original DVDs as I loved that series with Nyree Dawn Porter. I always remember that as the credits went up at the end they said Miss Nyree Dawn Porter and Mr Eric Porter are NOT related. I loved the Hardy books, Shute and Sayers too.

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  9. I’m starting to get to the point where I’m going to need to repeat too… this time around, I added other classics I have for a different challenge that aren’t on my club list because I have my list sort of planned out for the next two years so I don’t end up reading all the doorstops at the end.

    I hope you get the Dickens you ask for… provided it’s 2, 16, or 17. Not looking forward to number 3 on my list.

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  10. I have read a few books on your list: I loved All Quiet on the Western Front, Oliver Twist and Far From the Madding Crowd. I also have Little Dorrit on my own list, as well as Far From the Madding Crowd down for a re-read. Good luck with the Spin – I hope you get one of the Dickens you want. 🙂

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  11. I also loved The Forsyte Saga, the 2002 BBC adaptation is also excellent. Far From the Madding Crowd is my favorite Hardy, and I loved Oliver Twist. Best of luck with your spin pick!

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  12. There are quite a few tomes on your list! I hope your Dickens’ wish comes true this round. I loved the miniseries of Little Dorrit and would like to tackle the book one day. And Far From the Madding Crowd is one of my favorites. Good luck and happy spinning!

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  13. Can’t go wrong with Dickens. I re-read A Town Like Alice not so many years ago and found it a much better book than I remembered from my teens. Love in the Time of Cholera is an all-time favourite. You have so many great choices here, Margaret!

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  14. The only Dickens I have on my full list (left to read) is Bleak House and I did not want to read that right now so I did not put it in my Spins list. But I do hope to read it later this year.

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