The Classics Club Spin #22

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The Classics Club is holding its 22nd Spin, and my 9th. The idea is to list 20 of the books on your Classics Club list before next Sunday, 22nd December. On that day, the Classics Club will post the winning number. The challenge is to read and review whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by 31st January, 2020.

There’s almost zero chance of me being able to fit one by the end of January since I’m just about to embark on my Christmas Dickens read, Barnaby Rudge. But when did the prospect of certain failure ever stop me from making a list? Of course, if the spin comes up with Barnaby Rudge, I’ll be feeling pretty smug! Or if it comes up with a very short one that I can squeeze in. But an awful lot of these are monsters…

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1) Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

2) The American by Henry James

3) Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald

4) All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

5) The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw

6) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

7) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

8) The African Queen by CS Forester

9) Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

10) Cluny Brown by Margery Sharp

11) Children of the Dead End by Patrick McGill

12) The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

13) Grey Granite by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

14) Flemington by Violet Jacob

15) No Mean City by Alexander McArthur and H. Kingsley Long

16) The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham

17) I, The Jury by Mickey Spillane

18) The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

19) Way Station by Clifford D Simak

20) Earth Abides by George R Stewart

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Which one would you like to see win?

60 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin #22

  1. I do hope you’ll get Barnaby Rudge – I was surprised by how much I loved it – and I would get Oliver Twist. But then again you are going to read BR anyway, so I’m hoping you’ll get no. 5 which would mean I would get Smallbone Deceased.

    • I love Mansfield Park too and it’s been far too long since I last read it – I’d be happy if it comes up even though I doubt I could get it read by the end of January. But who cares about rules anyway? 😉

  2. It would make things lots easier (and give you all sorts of smug-points) if you get Barnaby Rudge, FictionFan. So on that score, I hope that you do. At the same time, I noticed you have an Allingham and an Austen there. I could see you enjoying either of those. I’ll be interested to see what you think of you get the Spillane…

    • It would certainly make life easier if Barnaby Rudge comes up, but I’ve realised these pesky Classics Club gods never seem to want to make my life easy! 😉 I’d like it if either the Allingham or the Spillane came up because I could probably squeeze them in quite easily. Austen is always great, but I definitely wouldn’t be able to finish it by the end of January. But then, who cares about rules anyway?? Not us rebels… 😉

  3. If you end up with Barnaby Rudge, it would certainly kill two birds with one stone. I’m swithering between it and Martin Chuzzelwit for my own Dickens Christmas read, as I’ve not read either of them yet. If you don’t get the Dickens, I imagine the Allingham would be fairly light and not too taxing. Good luck.

    • I’d be delighted if Barnaby Rudge came up just because it would be easier, but the Classics Club gods like to mess with us puny humans so they’ll probably give me some monster! The Allingham, or any of the crime or sci-fi ones would be good just on the basis that they’re shorter. I re-read Martin Chuzzlewit just a couple of years ago and enjoyed it far more than I had remembered. All the American stuff is fun – he’s very rude, but very perceptive… enjoy whichever one you go for!

    • It would be easier if it was Barnaby Rudge and you know I’m always happy with an Austen. But just for the shorter length, I’d be delighted if the Allingham comes up – it seems to be the popular choice too… 😀

  4. I’m hoping 9 comes up for you. Another blogger has Tarzan of the Apes in that position and I said I’d read along with her if it came up. 😉

    • Well I hope so too, partly because Barnaby Rudge would be easier for me, but also because Tarzan is so much fun! It’s only a few months since I read it and I loved it – Burroughs is so great at these over-the-top adventure stories… good luck to us both! 😀

  5. OMG! I’ve missed the last few spins and need to get my act together on posting some of my reviews for my CC list. I’d like to see All the Kings Men or Heart of Darkness. Both on my shelf but not on my cc list

    • Arghhh! All the King’s Men is HUGE!!! But it does sound great – I’d never be able to finish it by the end of January but I’d still be quite happy if it comes up. Heart of Darkness is delightfully short, so I’m all for it too!

  6. I’ve only read Heart of Darkness and Mansfield Park. Both are worth reading. They are classics for a reason, ha ha ha. I’ve toyed with the idea of reading Last of Mahicans, but that’s a book that appears to me terribly boring, Lord forgive me. That’s why I’m making that confession, maybe some can prove me wrong, and I love when that happens.

    • I’d be happy with either Heart of Darkness or Mansfield Park – especially HoD since it’s short! Haha – I don’t know what to expect from Last of the Mohicans, but sometimes I enjoy old adventures stories so I have my fingers crossed… 😀

  7. I’ve only read five from your list, but I recently bought The African Queen and it is a nice slim volume compared with most of the others, I’m planning to read it soon.

    • I’d quite like if The African Queen comes up, mainly because it’s short! But I’d also love to see how it compares to the film. Hope we both enjoy it when we each get to it!

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