The Classics Club Spin #6 – My list

The Classics Club

I was hoping the Classics Club would be hosting another spin this month as I haven’t been making much progress with my Classics Club list recently, so today’s announcement couldn’t have been more welcome!

Here are the rules:

* List any twenty books you have left to read from your Classics Club list.
* Number them from 1 to 20.
* Next Monday (May 12th) the Classics Club will announce a number.
* This is the book you need to read during May and June!

And here is my Spin List:

1. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
2. Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton
3. A Country Doctor’s Notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov
4. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
5. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas
6. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge
7. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
8. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
9. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade
10. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
11. The Glass-Blowers by Daphne du Maurier
12. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
13. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini
14. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
15. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
16. Romola by George Eliot
17. Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore
18. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
19. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
20. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

I can’t wait for next Monday to find out which book I’ll be reading! Are there any numbers you think I should be hoping for – or hoping to avoid?

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40 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin #6 – My list

  1. jessicabookworm says:

    Good luck! I got Around the World in Eighty Days as my last spin result I thought it was fun and easy to read adventure. I will be taking part again this time my post still to come.

    • Helen says:

      I remember reading your review of Around the World in Eighty Days, Jessica. I’ll be quite happy if I get that one as you’ve said it’s fun and easy to read!

  2. Sam (Tiny Library) says:

    I really enjoyed Mayor of Casterbridge and I’m anything but a Hardy fan! And I agree that Around the World is a quick and fun read.
    Good luck, hope you get something you are excited to start 🙂

  3. Cleo @ Classical Carousel says:

    I just finished The Idiot and really liked it, although it wasn’t easy to get a handle on exactly what Dostoyevsky was trying to say until the end. I’ve been wanting to read The Leopard for ages. You have some fun and interesting choices. I don’t think I’d want to avoid a single book on your list! Good luck with your spin, Helen!

    • Helen says:

      Thanks! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed The Idiot. It has been on my shelf for a few years now and I need some motivation to pick it up, so I keep including it on my spin list hoping it might be chosen!

  4. lindylit says:

    I loved The Mayor of Casterbridge so I can certainly recommend that. You have some interesting reads so good luck with whichever number it lands on

    • Helen says:

      The Mayor of Casterbridge is one of the books I’m hoping for the most. It’s been a while since I read anything by Thomas Hardy and I do love his books.

  5. Lark says:

    I’ve only read four of the books on your list and of those four, my fingers are crossed hoping that you spin #15…Excellent Women is one of my favorite novels.

  6. piningforthewest says:

    I enjoyed Family Roundabout fairly recently and The Mayor of Casterbridge years ago. I’ve had a copy of Cloister and the Hearth staring at me from a bookcase for years, I should put it on my list too.

    • Helen says:

      I’m looking forward to Family Roundabout. I won a copy from another blogger in a giveaway ages ago and feel bad that I still haven’t read it!

  7. Lisa says:

    I’m a big fan of the Heir of Redclyffe, but also of Excellent Women and Vanity Fair – probably the longest book on your list? I’ll be checking back on Monday, to see the results!

    • Helen says:

      I’m really hoping to get one of the shorter books this time, but I’ll still be happy if it’s Vanity Fair. I’ve wanted to read it for such a long time!

  8. Candiss says:

    Great list! Romola and The Leopard keep popping up lately…perhaps I should find a way to fit them into my CC list.

    I enjoyed The Remains of the Day, Around the World in Eighty Days and Excellent Women. I know I read Lorna Doone as a kid, but I can’t seem to remember a bit of it now.

    Good luck!

    • Helen says:

      I really like the sound of both Romola and The Leopard so I would love one of those two to be picked. I have vague memories of reading Lorna Doone too, but it was a children’s abridged version and I can’t remember the story either.

    • Helen says:

      I love the sound of The Cloister and the Hearth, so I think I’ll probably read it soon whether it comes up in the spin or not. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying Griffith Gaunt!

  9. Anbolyn Potter (@anbolynp) says:

    I do hope you spin Excellent Women, but if you don’t I’m glad to see that you’ll read it soon anyway. I am almost finished with The Leopard and it is very beautiful, but very sad – a really fantastic book.

    • Helen says:

      I don’t know much about The Leopard so I’m pleased to hear you think it’s fantastic! I would love to get that one in the spin…or Excellent Women, of course.

  10. Margaret @ BooksPlease says:

    I’ve read some of these books – Remains of the Day is really good and Vanity Fair was so much better than I thought it would be, I really liked that too. I have Lorna Doone on my list too – I’ve been meaning to read it for so long.

    • Helen says:

      I’ve been meaning to read The Remains of the Day for years and just never seem to get round to it! I’m glad to hear you were pleasantly surprised by Vanity Fair.

  11. Alex says:

    If you haven’t read ‘The Day of the Triffids’ then I definitely hope that comes up. I love John Wyndham. My personal favourite is ‘The Crysalids’.

    • Helen says:

      The only John Wyndham book I’ve read so far is The Midwich Cuckoos, which I loved. I’m looking forward to reading more of his books.

  12. Brona says:

    If no. 7 comes up we will such the Hunchback together. I’ve tried to avoid chunksters this spin, so I’m secretly hoping it wont be this one this time!

    Good luck 🙂

    • Helen says:

      I’ve included some chunksters on my list but I’m hoping one of the shorter books will come up! I’m not sure how I feel about the Hunchback…I’m not really looking forward to it, but not dreading it either.

  13. Christy says:

    Excellent Women is also on my Spin list. I’ve never read Pym before, so if I get it, it will be nice to try an author I’ve heard such good things about.

  14. Karen K. says:

    I loved Family Roundabout, one of my favorite Persephones. I also really loved Excellent Women. I also have Hunchback on my list — one of the books that scare me! I’m more than halfway done with my Classics Club list and I’m really dreading some of them! I hope you get a good pick.

    • Helen says:

      There are some books left on my Classics Club list that I’m dreading too, but I wasn’t brave enough to include them in the spin this time! I haven’t read any Persephones for a while so I’d love Family Roundabout to be picked.

    • Helen says:

      The Classics Club is a lot of fun. It’s given me the motivation to read a lot of classics that I might never have got round to otherwise.

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