The Classics Club Spin #17

The lap of the gods…

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The Classics Club is holding its 17th Spin, and my fourth. The idea is to list 20 of the books on your Classics Club list before Friday, 9th March. On that day, the Classics Club will post the winning number. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by April 30th, 2018. I have no idea how I’m going to fit that in, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it…

So here’s my list. This time I’ve selected it on a random basis of books that haven’t appeared on a spin before plus books that I already own, and have included some from all five of the categories in my CC list – American fiction, English fiction, Scottish fiction, crime fiction and science fiction. I’m kinda hoping for a shortish one, so NOT Gone with the Wind. Did you hear me, Classics Club Gods? I said – NOT GONE WITH THE WIND!!!

1) The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

2) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

3) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

4) The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

5) For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

6) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

7) Nada the Lily by H Rider Haggard

8) Cluny Brown by Margery Sharp

9) The Go-Between by LP Hartley

10) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

11) The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown

12) Flemington by Violet Jacob

13) Imagined Corners by Willa Muir

14) Cloud Howe by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

15) The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

16) The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers

17) The 39 Steps by John Buchan

18) I, The Jury by Mickey Spillane

19) Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

20) Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein

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If I had to choose, I’d like to see For Whom the Bell Tolls come up, or Nada the Lily, or any of the Scottish books. But it’s out of my hands now…

Which one would you like to see win?

64 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin #17

  1. You do know now you’ve said that it will definitely be Gone With the Wind? 😀 Fascinating list…if it were mine I’d be happy with For Whom The Bell Tolls, The Go-Between, The Riddle of the Sands or The Thirty Nine Steps. However as I’ve read them all they wouldn’t be on my list obviously. I’ve read Sunset Song by Grassic Gibbon so Cloud Howe would be interesting. I’ve heard a lot about Dunnett’s books but never read one. I’m still working on my own list. Hope you enjoy whatever you get.

    • Hahaha – I know! I tempted fate with The Catcher in the Rye last time and it came up… 😉 I’d love any of those four – in fact there’s not really one on my list I wouldn’t love to read (even GwtW). I read Cloud Howe and Grey Granite years ago but remember very little about them, but having re-read Sunset Song not long ago. I decided to put the rest of the trilogy on my CC list. And I’ve never read any Dunnett either but have heard so many good things about her… here’s hoping we both get something we love! 😀

    • Hahaha – I shall stamp my feet and throw a major tantrum! I’d love if The Go-Between came up… but actually I’ll be fairly happy with any of them, so long as it’s not a long one! 😉

  2. I rather hope you get Heart of Darkness: it’s short and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. (Though I ought to get my own thoughts together first.) But there are several there which I’d love to read. Definitely The Go-Between, The 39 Steps, Cluny Brown. I’ve just got my list together – must get it scheduled before the deadline! 🙂

    • I’d like to get Heart of Darkness. I listened to it on audio a few years ago and didn’t have a clue what was going on – decided it was a book that really required reading first and then maybe listening to! Cluny Brown is the only one I have reservations about – from other reviews I’m not sure it’s my type of book, however good. But I’d love The Go-Between or The 39 Steps! I shall be looking forward to seeing your list… 😀

    • I’d love if Mansfield Park came up – long overdue for a re-read! But I’ll be pretty happy with any of these – so long as it’s not a long one! Thanks – I love the spins! 😀

  3. I second Mansfield Park, since I’ve also read that one and Heart of Darkness. (Now I’m thinking of the movie Apocalypse Now.) There are a few others I’d like to read.

    • I’d love if either Mansfield Park or Heart of Darkness came up. Mansfield would be a re-read of course, but I tried to listen to Heart of Darkness on audio a few years ago and decided I didn’t have a clue what was going on and that it was a book that required actual reading rather than listening to! Oh I hadn’t ever made a connection with Apocalypse Now – intriguing!

  4. Yes, Mansfield Park would be nice or I, The Jury or The 39 Steps. I’m going to use this to select my next classics book, but I’m not going to do a spin post. My process is to ‘every other’ down my original list. We’ll see what comes up. I’m hoping not The Stand by Stephen King because it’s over 1,000 pages. LOL

    • Mansfield Park would be a lovely re-read – so would The 39 Steps, in fact. I’ve only read one Mickey Spillane before, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I’d be very happy if I, The Jury came up. Oh, but I want to see your list! Haha – these 1000 page books always seem like a good idea when we put them on the lists… 😉 Whatever we both get, I hope we get good ones!

  5. Ooh, a lot of good ones here, FF! I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them. That said, I’d probably start with Gone With the Wind or The 39 Steps. I mean, if you’re going to read them anyway…! Love that meme, too!

    • I think so too, Debbie – apart from length I’d be happy to get any of them. Haha – I’d love to read GwtW – I just have so many reviewing commitments over the next couple of months… as usual! But I’ll fit it in somehow if I have to… who needs sleep anyway??

    • Yes, both of those sound beautifully short! I like the sound of Herland and I’ve been reading quite a few books from that era recently so I’d be happy if it comes up. Haha – last time I got The Catcher in the Rye so whatever happens this time is bound to be an improvement… 😉

  6. Gone With the Wind ended up being a super quick read for me…. I finished it up in less then a week as I recall. So you never know… it might be just the book you need.

    • Oh, that’s good to hear! It’s funny how some books are so much quicker to read than others of the same page length. I’d love to read GwtW – it’s just finding time to fit the longer books in…

  7. That is a terrifying bridge. For your sake, I hope you don’t get GWTW, although for ours I do. Would love to read your book v. movie too (with appropriately dashing photos of Clark Gable as Rhett Butler).

  8. Uncle Tom’s Cabin is enormous, too. I also own Herland and need to read it! I bought it in a used book store; I had never heard of it before and loved the premise.

    Your bridge GIF made me laugh. There are two expressions: “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it” and “Don’t burn your bridges.” Well, my husband is a manager and likes to tell his team “We’ll burn that bridge when we come to it.” He’s been saying it so long that his employees have forgotten it’s not a real saying, and now they’ve been reported saying it to people in other departments. 😂😂😂

    • Thank you! Haha – I know, but somehow the idea of a lengthy re-read isn’t as intimidating as a new one. But I don’t trust those Classics Club Gods… not after The Catcher in the Rye last time… 😉

        • I’m glad to hear you say that, actually. I tried to listen to it on audiobook a few years ago and couldn’t follow it at all. I always have more difficulty concentrating on audiobooks admittedly but even so it seemed incredibly difficult. Hopefully I’ll get on better with a written copy…

  9. I love Gone with the Wind but I can understand why you’d rather have one of the shorter books! Apart from Mansfield Park, Cluny Brown and The Game of Kings, I haven’t read any of the others so there are a lot of books there that I would be interested to hear more about. Good luck! I’ll be taking part too, but haven’t put my list together yet.

    • I really want to read GwtW but I feel I have to schedule time for it somehow – a bit like always reading Dickens over Christmas when I’m not blogging. But I’ll actually be pretty happy with anything on this list – I’ll fit it in somehow. Who needs sleep anyway?? I’m looking forward to seeing your list – hope we both get goodies! 🙂

  10. Ooh, Game of Kings. Love that series. You’ve got some good ones there and some I’m not familiar with. Good luck with James Fennimore Cooper, though. He’s a turgid writer.

    • Oh, I’d love if the Dunnett comes up – I haven’t read any of her books and I’ve heard so many good things about them! Oh dear! The Last of the Mohicans looks quite long too… maybe I should tell the Classics Club Gods to avoid that one too – not that I trust them after The Catcher in the Rye debacle last time… 😉

    • Haha – that’s good to hear! Actually, I really want to read GwtW – it’s only the length that makes it hard to fit in around all the reviewing commitments. Maybe this will be the push I need… *falls off the bridge* 😉

  11. Sorry, but I hope you get Gone with the Wind – as others have said it may be long but I found it compulsive reading! And I enjoyed it so much – it’s much better than some of the others on your list, such as Mansfield Park (and I’m a Jane Austen fan, but that is the one I found a bit tedious, dare I say it). I’m still thinking about my list.

    And I’m feeling guilty I didn’t write about my last Spin book, Martin Chuzzlewit. I enjoyed it and started to write about it and then left it …

  12. Ooh, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is so good, I’d love to see your take on that one.

    You know what happened last time you tempted the Gods of the Spin! 😉 Hope that you don’t get a chunkster at the moment.

    • Oh, that’s good to know! I’d be quite happy if it comes up. 🙂

      Hahaha – I know! If it happens again, I’ll know for sure they’re out to get me… 😉

  13. Your first 3 intimidate me, then #4 is one of my favorite books, “in this town there lived two mutes”(spell bounding beginning), and I want to read #5. Then, many titles I don’t know about, and Mansfield Park, which I just read and loved. I am excited about what we all will get.

    • Haha – the first three intimidate me too! A lot of my titles are Scottish classics which are sadly not very well known – even in Scotland! I’d be happy to get The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – one I’ve wanted to read for a while. But it’s all in the lap of the gods… hope we all get things we enjoy!

    • Ah. it may have been you who put Herland on my horizon then. I knew I’d seen a review of it somewhere but couldn’t remember where. I’d be quite happy to get that, or a re-read of Mansfield Park. Fingers crossed for us all! 🙂

    • Thank you! I think I need all the crossed finger I can get! Hahaha – I know! I’m going to be amazed now if GwtW doesn’t come up – those pesky Classics Club Gods have it in for me, I’m sure… 😉

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