Classics Club Spin #25

Monday, November 16, 2020

This will be the first Classics Club spin I've done, so here we go. The spin number will be announced on 11/22 and then I have until January 30, 2021, to read whichever book correlates to the spin number of the club. These books are already listed on my Classics Club page as a part of my reading goals.

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  1. Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women (1868)
  2. Bronte, Charlotte: Villette (1853)
  3. Christie: Agatha: And Then There Were None (1939)
  4. Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness (1899)
  5. Dickens, Charles: Bleak House (1853)
  6. Du Maurier, Daphne: My Cousin Rachel (1951)
  7. Dumas, Alexandre: The Count of Monte Cristo (1844)
  8. Eliot, George: Middlemarch (1871)
  9. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Tender is the Night (1934)
  10. Forester: C. S.: The African Queen (1935)
  11. Graham, Winston: Ross Poldark (1945) 
  12. Jackson, Shirley: The Haunting of Hill House (1959)
  13. Lewis, C.S.: Surprised by Joy (1955)
  14. MacDonald, George: Phantastes: A Faerie Romance (1905)
  15. Melville, Herman: Moby Dick (1851)
  16. Scott, Sir Walter: Ivanhoe (1892)
  17. Thompson, Flora: Lark Rise (1939)
  18. Trollope, Anthony: Doctor Thorne (1858)
  19. West, Nathanael: Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) 
  20. Woolf, Virginia: A Room of One’s Own (1929) 

28 comments

  1. Great list. I always enjoy Dickens, but Bleak House is particularly good, and his only novel written from a woman narrator's perspective. Enjoy whatever we get.

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    1. Thank you. Dickens is a personal favorite of mine despite my only having read a small portion of his work. I'm excited to see what number we get, but I am hoping for 5 to push me to start Bleak House.

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  2. Very good list ! I want to read so many of these. The Count of Monte Cristo especially, as it is my sister's favorite book of all time. I really like your new blog look!!

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    1. Thanks! I wanted a slightly cleaner design and I'm really liking how this one presents itself in my web browser.

      I've listened to the radio drama for The Count of Monte Cristo with Orson Welles as Edmond Dantes and just loved it and I'm quite partial to the film with Jim Caviezel that I desperately need to rewatch. I even wrote a post about the radio drama last year despite the fact that I wasn't blogging very often, I LOVED it that much. I hope we both find time to read it within the next year. Hmm, maybe I'll do a read-along video series like The Maidens of Green Gables. We'll see.

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  3. A lovely list - lots of good reads here. Tender is the Night was my last spin. (but it didn't fit my mood; didn't go well. I'll try again another time. maybe)

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    1. Thanks. I am a little nervous about some of the books on this list just because they feel like they could be intimidating for either theme or just the sheer length of the book. I like Fitzgerald sometimes, but I have to be in the mood for him. Watch the spin number be 9, LoL!

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  4. There are some monsters in there! Good luck whichever one comes up. I'll have to look into Forester's "African Queen"...I only know him for the Hornblower stories.

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    1. Fortunately, African Queen is quite short and I've got it already on my shelf, so two pluses. I'm somewhat hoping for either Bleak House or The Count of Monte Cristo.

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  5. I've read everything on your list except #13 and 14. Lots of good ones there.

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    1. Thanks. I'm quite partial to C. S. Lewis and to George Macdonald, although I've never read Phantastes before. It sounds intriguing. Surprised by Joy is the only book in this list that I've already read but it's so good that I would enjoy re-reading it.

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  6. Middlemarch is so marvellous but long! I have Ivanhoe on my list as well .... another long one. Happy spinning and I hope you get the book you want!

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    1. I've been intending to read Ivanhoe for years. I love the movie from the 1980s with Anthony Andrews, but am super curious about the book. Same to you, I hope you get the book you want! :)

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  7. Your #3 is my favorite by her. Which would be Cyrano de Bergerac for me:
    https://wordsandpeace.com/2020/11/20/the-classics-club-the-classics-spin-25/

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    1. My sister just read And Then There Were None and loved it. Fingers crossed for us both! Cyrano de Bergerac sounds fascinating!

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  8. Bleak House is very good, I think. Middlemarch and The Count of Monte Cristo are favorites of mine, too. Hope you get something good!

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    1. Thanks so much, I hope you get something good too! I'm excited about almost every read on my list, although some are intimidating because of their length. We'll see what happens!

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  9. Hi there! Little Women is the first on my list as well. What are the odds! For your sake, I do hope that the dice falls on #3, And then there were none is the best Agatha Christie.

    Good luck and here's my Elza Reads #CCSpin 25

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    1. Thanks! I'm kind of hoping for Agatha Christie too. We'll see what happens!

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  10. Carissa, I really hope you will enjoy your first Spin - I have been taking part since they started and loved them all! You have an amazing list of books, so I think almost any of them would be a great result. Good luck! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    1. Thank you so very much! I'm excited to participate and am excited about almost all of the books in my list. Some would be more intimidating in size than others, but that's okay!

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  11. It's true that Winston Graham is a classic now, I didn't consider him that way but I was wrong. Love his novels, by the way, even if I'm not finished yet with this (wonderful) series :)

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    1. Yep, he is. It's funny when I stop and think about how much time has gone by and what books can now be considered classics that almost wouldn't have been 20 years ago. I've never read any of his books so I figured adding him to my Classics Club list would be a great way to remind myself to try at least the first book in the series.

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  12. I also need to read Bleak House but the copy I have is a brick so I’m waiting until sometime next year. I love everything and anything by Lewis! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Yay for C. S. Lewis supporters! He was a remarkable man, on many levels. Have you ever listened to the radio drama C. S. Lewis at War? It takes place during WWII and is quite brilliant and one of my favorites.

      Yes, I've got Bleak House on my shelf too, staring at me. It is massive, that's for sure! Watch the spin be 5. I'll have to get started on it right away if that's the number we get!

      Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  13. so glad you got MacDonald. I don't think I have read this one, but I was totally blown away by Lilith. And you could see how much he influenced both CS Lewis and Tolkien!

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    1. Me too! I need to read more MacDonald, actually. So far I've only read The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie, both favorites of mine. And yes, you can definitely sense that MacDonald was an inspiration to Lewis and Tolkien. I love that!

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