Now here’s a lovely game of chance from The Classics Club.
- Pick twenty unread books from your list.
- Number them from one to twenty.
- On Monday a number will be drawn.
- That’s your book, to read in February in March.
And that’s the Classics Club Spin!
So here goes. Some I know I’m going to love, some I’m a little intimidated by, and some I’m a little uncertain about.
The first five:
1. Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost (1731)
2. The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox (1752)
3. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe (1790)
4. A Simple Story by Elizabeth Inchbold (1791)
5. The Coquette by Hannah W Foster (1797)
I have five books from the eighteenth century on my list and I haven’t read one yet. They’re all books I want to read, it’s just that Classics from later years call rather louder.
Five to re-read:
6. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (1814)
7. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1857)
8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847)
9. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (1848)
10. Under The Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy (1872)
I’ve gained so much appreciation of the classics I’ve re-read recently that I have to pull out the five re-reads left on my list.
Five that I’ve started but never finished
11. The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
12. Villette by Charlotte Bronte (1853)
13. The Warden by Anthony Trollope (1855)
14. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katherine Green (1878)
15 . Mariana by Monica Dickens (1940)
Two books that just felt a little too long, two books that I really liked but picked up at the wrong moment, and one book that I lost for a while and then found again.
Five from my Virago shelves
16. The Daisy Chain by Charlotte M Yonge (1856)
17. The Odd Women by George Gissing (1893)
18. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley (1899)
19. Cullum by E Arnot Robinson (1928)
20. Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden (1947)
I could have made this part of my list easy, but I’ve picked the books that have been waiting for some times I picked up other modern classics.
I have a long train journey on Tuesday, so my book will be coming with me.
But for now, we wait …..