My Spin on the Classics Club Spin

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 by 5th January.

I’m going to do it. And I’m going to put my own spin on it!


It just felt like time to so something different.

This time:

      • Every book is written by a woman (or in one case by two women)..
      • Every book is a book I would really love to read this winter.
      • Half of the books are from my Classics Club List; the other half are books that I wish I’d put on my list …

I am so pleased with this list:

1. The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox (1752)
2. The Coquette by Hannah W Foster (1797)
3. Lavinia by George Sand (1833)
4. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (1848)
5. Moths by Ouida (1880)
6. Belinda by Rhoda Broughton (1883)
7. The Story of a Modern Woman by Ella Hepworth Dixon (1894)
8. The Real Charlotte by Somerville and Ross (1894)
9. The Beth Book by Sarah Grand (1897)
10. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim (1898)
11. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley (1899)
12.Fidelity by Susan Glaspell (1915)
13. I Pose by Stella Benson (1915)
14. The Matriarch by G B Stern (1924)
15. The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann (1936)
16. My Bird Sings by Oriel Malet (1946)
17. A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Tayor (1951)
18. Fenny by Lettice Cooper (1953)
19. The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier (1957)
20. The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West (1957)

(The new books are italicised.)

And now I must wait to see which number comes up on Monday …

Which number should I be hoping for? Which number should I hope to avoid?

48 responses

  1. I think I’d be pleased with anything from that list Jane – though I’ve heard that The Beth Book can be a bit of a slog. I’ve been after Jam Today by Oriel Malet for a while so I’d be keen to hear what you think of this one of hers if you pick it. Good luck!

    • I’ve heard the same about The Beth Book, but I did like the first chapter when I read it a while ago, and Liz was very taken with another of Sarah Grand’s books. And Beth is my other’s name.

      I’m sorry that Oriel Malet is still so obscure, after winning literary rewards and after being reissued by Persephone, but my fingers are crossed that she’s be reissued by somebody someday.

    • The list of books that I forgot to put on the list and books that I discovered since was getting so long that I had to do something with it. I’m very pleased with this list, because they’re all books I really want to read and they’re all classics of some kind or another.

  2. Number 5 intrigues me because Ouida is one of those names that keeps coming up as Someone I Should Read; also rooting for 4 because Anne Bronte is on my winter list to re-read. I loved Tenant but it has been years since reading it. Great list–what fun!!

    • I’ve just started another Ouida and it’s gorgeous. It feels like a children’s book for grown-ups, and everything is wrapped up in acres of descriptive prose. I’d be happy if the Tenant’s number came up, because it’s definitely a winter book.

  3. Jane, what a wonderful list! I have some of those same books – read and unread – on my shelves. I have been curious about Ouida’s books too. I know you will love #10, #11 and #18.

    • I am veering towards the lost classics this time. I loved Du Maurier when I was growing up – she was our local author then and her books were everywhere – so i’ interested to see how well she stands up to re-reading now.

  4. Great spin on the spin! I can recommend Wildfell Hall and the German Garden. So many of the others are unknown to me, my list might have to get bigger too…

  5. What an intriguing list! I loved The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and The Scapegoat but a lot of the others are new to me. I hope you enjoy whichever one is chosen for you.

  6. There are a fair few authors on your list that I haven’t read before so I am rooting for Elizabeth Taylor. I have three different editions of that book, it’s wonderful!

    • I have two copies of that book – a green Virago and a designer Virago – and it’s a book I’m sure I’ll love, but it’s always one I’ve felt I should save for that perfect moment. So I’ thinking that if its number comes up I’ll make that moment!

  7. Well, this list makes me feel really stupid because at least half of the books I’ve never heard of, let alone read. I think I would have to hope to get number 20 as I think this is one Du Maurier I have yet to read.

  8. There are several on your list I’ve never heard of which means I am making another list for future reference. I loved The Tenant and Elizabeth and her German Garden would make nice light reading for the holiday season. I have Red Pottage on my list too. Good luck!

  9. Blimey, I had heard of only a handful of these so its hard to answer your question. I would go for Susan Glaspell since I loved her play Trifles and the short story that tells the same story but using a different genre (A Jury of Her Peers).

    • Thank you – I wanted to open things up a little bit. I’d love to read The Scapegoat, and I will soon even if it doesn’t come up in the spin.

      I do hope your spin will bring you a book you’ll love.

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