In a Spin with the Classics Club

I’m really not sure where the last week has gone.

I was caught up in a whirlwind of work, family, furniture moving, and I’m not quite sure what else. Fortunately I spotted a new Classics Club spin ….


…. and now here I am with my list.

Five books by authors I want to know but have yet to read

1. Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov (1859)
2. Hester by Margaret Oliphant (1873)
3. Fidelity by Susan Glaspell (1915)
4. The World is Not Enough by Zoe Oldenbourg (1946)
5. Fenny by Lettice Cooper (1953)

Five books that I’ve started but never finished

6. Old Goriot by Honore Balzac (1835)
7. Villette by Charlotte Bronte (1853)
8. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (1862)
9. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf (1915)
10. Kristin Lavransdattir by Sigrid Undset (1922)

Five Virago Modern Classics

11. Belinda by Rhoda Broughton (1883)
12. The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West (1930)
13. The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann (1936)
14. The World My Wilderness by Rose Macaulay (1950)
15. A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor (1951)

Five books from my list for the Women’s Classic Literature Event

16. The Three Miss Kings by Ada Cambridge (1891)
17. A Struggle for Fame by Charlotte Riddell (1883)
18. Crossriggs by Jane and Mary Findlater (1908)
19. The Knight of Cheerful Countenance by Molly Keane (1926)
20. Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting by Penelope Mortimer (1958)

…. and now I must wait to see what my book will be ….

28 thoughts on “In a Spin with the Classics Club

  1. I loved Hester.
    A Game of Hide and Seek,
    Gillette and Daddy’s gone a hunting.
    Wonder which book you will choose, Jane?


  2. I’m hoping you get The Three Miss Kings, because I think you will love it.

    You have such a lovely picture of spinning at the top. I can’t remember if you’ve used that one before.


    1. That book is already on my bedside table, because i’d meant to read it for Brona’s Australian Reading event last month and because I’d noted it as a ‘Lisa book’. It won’t be long before I read it whatever the spin does,

      The picture is new – I had whirling dervishes before – and it’s Ring a Ring o Roses by Elizabeth Adela Forbes, who lived and worked here is West Cornwall.


  3. We will share A Game of Hide and Seek if no 15 is spun on Monday 🙂

    Delighted to see an Aussie classic on your list too. I’ve yet to read any Cambridge, but I keep reading good things about this one.

    Happy spin


  4. Best of luck with your spin – I hope you get something you enjoy. Funnily enough, I finished reading A Game of Hide and Seek last week – another wonderful novel from Elizabeth Taylor.


    1. There’s nothing I’d be unhappy to draw on this list, but there are books I’d like to read more than others. A Game of Hide and Seek has been waiting a while, because I felt it was a book that needed the right moment, and I wouldn’t be unhappy if my Christmas break from work was destined to be that moment.


  5. Our lists share Villette, though not in the same slot. I’ve read Les Miserables and Kristin Lavransdatter from your list… much preferred the latter. Good luck on Monday!


    1. I preferred the latter too – I drifted away from Les Miserables, but I’ve loved what I’ve read of Kristin Lavransdatter, I just put it to one side because I didn’t have the time to do it justice.


  6. Good luck! I haven’t read many of the books on your list, but I did enjoy Les Miserables and Villette. I’m curious about The World is Not Enough, so I’ll be interested to hear what you think if you get that one.


    1. The World is Not Enough is really calling me, so I’m going to try to read it soon even if it isn’t spun to me. I’ve loved bits of Les Miserables but the digressions and the excesss detail are driving me mad.


  7. I love your “started but never finished” category! I hop you get Les Mis or Villette. I’ve started the former, & finished the latter. But really I hope that any of these would make you smile. 🙂 Good luck!


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