Another Spin with the Classics Club

Just as I found a little time for the online bookish world, my trusty, long-serving, hard-working modem gave up the ghost and died, and so I have only my work breaks today and tomorrow and that isn’t nearly as time as I’d like.

I do hope my new modem arrives on schedule …

Fortunately I had enough time to spot a new Classics Club spin, and it wasn’t too difficult to pull together a list, because I only have twenty-something books left  ….


… and now here is that list.

  1. The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox (1752)
  2. Emmeline by Charlotte Turner Smith (1788)
  3. A Simple Story by Elizabeth Inchbold (1791)
  4. The Collegians by Gerald Griffin (1829)
  5. Deerbrook by Harriet Martineau (1838)
  6. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (1842)
  7. Vilette by Charlotte Bronte (1953)
  8. Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov (1859)
  9. Hester by Margaret Oliphant (1873)
  10. A Struggle for Fame by Charlotte Riddell (1883)
  11. La Regenta by Leopoldo Atlas (1886)
  12. The Beth Book by Sarah Grand (1897)
  13. Eline Vere by Louis Couperus (1889)
  14. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf (1915)
  15. Kristin Lavransdattir by Sigrid Undset (1922)
  16. Dusty Answer by Rosamond Lehmann (1927)
  17. Alas, Poor Lady by Rachel Ferguson (1937)
  18. The World is Not Enough by Zoe Oldenbourg (1946)
  19. The World My Wilderness by Rose Macaulay (1950)
  20. A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Tayor (1951)

The numbers I’d most like to come up are 7, 10, 14 and 20.

The numbers I’m a little anxious about are 2, 12 and 18.

But there isn’t a book on my list I don’t want to read – it’s just that I want to read some of one day, rather than right now.

Though maybe I just need the right push …


12 thoughts on “Another Spin with the Classics Club

  1. I like the feeling of the decision being taken out of our hands. I’ll hope for no. 14 for you, since that’s one you want, and it would give me Raymond Chandler, which I’d be quite happy about too… 🙂


  2. Such a great list, Jane! I only read Dusty Answer and Kristin Lavransdattir, and enjoyed both! And I also have A Game of Hide and Seek on my list. Good luck! 🙂


  3. I hope the new modem comes quickly! I’m not taking part in this spin as I only have a few books left to read, but I’m enjoying seeing everyone else’s lists. I haven’t read many of yours, but I did like Villette, Alas Poor Lady and Kristin Lavransdatter. Good luck. 🙂


  4. Glad you spotted this in time Jane.
    And well done for being down to your last 20 or so classics (I still have 44 to go to get through my first cc list of 110 books) A few of your books are on my cc list #2, but we also share two reads this spin.

    If you have time to move A Game of Hide and Seek to #13 you could share the read with moi and Juliana. I also have Villette at #18 if you’d like to move that (I would except I’m already reading a book with another blogger at #7). Don’t worry if you don’t have time to do this before the number is spun – being without computer makes you realise how much it is now apart of our daily lives.

    Good luck with the spin!


  5. A very interesting list. I will look forward to seeing what number in the Spin we all get. I am using the spin to get rid of some of my TBR books that have been on the shelf a very long time. Hope your modem is fixed soon. I go through absolute withdrawal if I lose any part of my technology! All the best.


  6. I have The Female Quixote on my TBR shelves – so if you get #1, it might inspire me to pick it up finally!

    Hester is the one Margaret Oliphant book I haven’t connected with. I’ve given up on it twice, so I’d be interested to see what you think of it.


  7. I’ve heard of only a few of these, need to investigate more!

    I know what you mean about wanting to read all the books, but maybe not right now. I hope that fate will give you something you love even if you weren’t sure this was the right time.


  8. That’s a very appealing list for me; many of them are already on my TBR and those that aren’t are ones I’ve considered seriously. The ones which would make me most anxious would be Deerbrook and The Beth Book (it’s just such tiny print, isn’t it?!). Of the four I’ve read, I remember quite liking that Charlotte Smith (just a nice, easy read but surprisingly feminist for its time, I thought) and I loved Kristin Lavransdatter (whereas it would’ve been one that made me nervous before hand). Good luck with your spin!


  9. I have loved taking part in these spins but I am not joining in this time as I am currently reading my fiftieth and so final book for the challenge! Sadly I haven’t read any of these, however good luck with the spin and I hope you get a book you want 🙂


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