Classics Club Spin #24

(#4 for me!)

I failed with my first Classics Club Spin, but have been successful with the three since then, so here’s hoping I can succeed again. The task is to choose 20 books from my list of classics still to be read, and then wait for next Sunday when a number will be spun – I will need to read the book corresponding to that number by 30 September. This will help with my overall classics goal, to read 50 within 5 years. I read 11 in my first year (joined exactly 1 year ago today!), so am well on track at this stage. Those I have chosen for this spin are all books I already own but have never read.

Here is my list:

1Bird, IsabellaThe Englishwoman in America
2Blackmore, RDLorna Doone 
3Cao, XueqinThe Story of the Stone V2 – The Crab-Flower Club
4Defoe, DanielRobinson Crusoe
5Dickens, CharlesBarnaby Rudge
6Fielding, HenryThe History of Tom Jones: A Foundling
7Graves, RobertI, Claudius
8Harrower, ElizabethThe Watchtower
9Hugo, VictorNotre-Dame of Paris
10Idriess, Ion   LThe Yellow Joss and Other Tales
11James, HenryThe Portrait of a Lady
12Lawrence, TESeven Pillars of Wisdom
13Maugham, W SomersetOf Human Bondage
14Pasternak, BorisDr Zhivago
15Pym, BarbaraJane and Prudence
16Scott, WalterOld Mortality
17Stark, FreyaAlexander’s Path
18Tolstoy, LeoWar and Peace
19Tolstoy, LeoThe Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories
20Turgenev, IvanFathers and Sons

5 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #24”

    1. Thanks Brona, I have tried to comment on your list on your site but it wouldn’t take! I see you have The Dream of the Red Chamber on yours – my version is called The Story of the Stone and is in 5 long Penguin Classics volumes. I have volume 2 (603pp) on my current spin list. I read an abridged version many years ago while studying Chinese at uni – that one was called The Dream of the Red Chamber.

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  1. Great list! I loved Of Human Bondage, Maugham is one of my favorite writers and it is his masterpiece. I also really liked Barnaby Rudge which hardly anyone reads anymore. I’m also really curious about Isabella Bird, I’ve never read any of her books and heard such good things about them, I love travelogues. Good luck with your spin pick!


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