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Classics Club spin #15

roulette-wheelMany many months have passed since I last paid attention to my Classics Club project. In fact it seems that I barely read anything from that list last year. I still have 21 books remaining to be read which means I am not going to achieve the goal of 50 read by August this year. But hey, these are classics so they’ve been around for decades or centuries. Which means they can easily wait for another year or so.

The Classics Club spin which has just been announced has given me a much-needed prod to revisit this list however.  The idea is to list 20 of the titles from our list of books remaining to read. On Friday, March 10 we’ll be told which number has come up in the spin and then we should read that book by May 1. Easy peasy…. 

My Spin List

  1. Candide  — Voltaire 1759
  2. Vicar of Wakefield  — Oliver Goldsmith 1766
  3. Evelina  — Frances Burney 1778
  4. Ormond – Maria Edgeworth 1817
  5. The Black Sheep  — Honore Balzac 1842
  6. Basil – Wilkie Collins 1852
  7. Framley Parsonage  – Anthony Trollope 1861 
  8. The Kill/La Curée – Emile Zola 1871-2
  9. Anna Karenina  — Leo Tolstoy 1873-77
  10. Daniel Deronda  — George Eliot 1876
  11. The Brothers Karamazov  — Fyodor Dostoevsky 1880
  12. The Diary of a Nobody  — George Grossmith 1888
  13. New Grub Street – George Gissing 1891
  14. The Secret Agent  — Joseph Conrad 1907
  15. Clayhanger – Arnold Bennett 1910
  16. The Voyage Out  — Virginia Woolf 1915
  17. Age of Innocence  — Edith Wharton 1920
  18. All Passion Spent – Vita Sackville West 1932
  19. Frost in May  — Antonia White 1933
  20. Love in the Time of Cholera  — Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1985

Ideally I would like the ball to fall on number 8 which will re-unite me with Emile Zola or number 7 so I can read the next in the Chronicles of Barchester series. But if that doesn’t come to pass I shall not be too distressed since all titles on this list are ones I want to read (rather than feel I have to read). 


What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

17 thoughts on “Classics Club spin #15

  • Good luck – I hope you get a book you enjoy 🙂 I have loved taking part in these spins but I am not taking part this time as I am already reading my fiftieth and final book!

    • I just saw the result of the spin – I didnt get my wishes granted…..

      • Oh dear…hopefully this will be the push you need to read something you are less inclined to read, but that is actually going to be a favourite…hopefully 😀

  • so happy you decided to go back to that! Thanks to you, I’m going right now to see who George Grossmith is, so ashamed I never heard about him!!

    • He’s someone who has fallen down the list of must reads authors

  • Like your list. I also have The Age of Innocence on my list. I changed it to number 17 as well. Inspired by Broona, it is nice to read and compare views.

    • well now we know that neither of us will be reading this novel for the current spin….what did you get?

  • Well, I’d like it to land on your no 15 because I’ve never heard of that one and would like to read a review of it!

    • Clayhanger was the first of a series located in the Staffordshire area of UK – known as the Potteries because, well thats where a lot of pottery was manufactured. Bennett was born in that area. The Bloomsbury writers were very sniffy about him (Virginia Woolf in particular) because they thought he was old fashioned in his style. He is rather long winded apparently ….

  • It’s nice when all the choices are ones that you actually want to read! Anna Karenina is the only one I have read (and highly recommend) though I share some others on my to-read list. Enjoy your spin.

    • Ive read Anna Karenina but it was a very long time ago – looking forward to it again


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