The Classics Club Spin is beginning again.
- 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 and March.
Should I do it?
I wasn’t sure – I’ve had mixed luck and mixed success with past spins – but I think it’s time to try again.
There’s not a book on my Classics Club list I don’t want to read, though I have veered away from just a few that I know aren’t the right books for right now.
So here are my twenty books for the spin:
Five books from five countries:
1. The Coquette by Hannah W Foster (1797)
2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (1814)
3. The Collegians by Gerard Griffin (1829)
4. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1857)
5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)
Five books from the Virago Modern Classics List:
6. The Beth Book by Sarah Grand (1897)
7. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley (1899)
8. A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Tayor (1951)
9. Fenny by Lettice Cooper (1953)
10. The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West (1957)
Five from my ‘Filling in the Gaps’ list:
11. Bleak House by Charles Dickens (1851)
12. The Odd Women by George Gissing (1893)
13. The Shutter of Snow by Emily Holmes Colman (1930)
14. One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes (1947)
15 . The Far Cry by Emma Smith (1949)
Five that I haven’t managed to fit into a category:
16. Old Goriot by Honore Balzac (1835)
17. The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
18. Esther Waters by George Moore (1894)
19. Fidelity by Susan Glaspell (1915)
20. Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden (1947)
And now I must wait and see which number comes up on Monday …