The Classics Club is holding its 17th Spin, and this is my very first time of playing the book roulette. The idea is to list 20 of the books on your Classics Club list before Friday 9 March when the wheel will turn and reveal the winning number. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by 30 April 2018.
The rules suggest we pick five books from each of the following categories:
5 books you are dreading/hesitant to read
5 books you can’t WAIT to read
5 books you are neutral about
5 books which are free choice
I only made my list at the end of January and I wasn’t silly enough to add books I really didn’t think I’d enjoy but I do have some books that are quite lengthy in this list so I will put them down for the first selection,
1. Barsetshire Chronicles (The Warden) – Anthony Trollope
2. East Lynne – Henry Wood
3. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
4. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
5. Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
Looking at these covers, especially the women doesn’t exactly fill me with a longing to read this selection…
But I am longing to read the next five so hopefully the spin will pick up one of these especially number 10!
6. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
7. Miss Pettigrow Lives for a Day- Winifred Watson
8. Saplings – Noel Streatfeild
9. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding – Agatha Christie
10. The Hireling – L.P. Hartley
Now these covers are a wee bit cheerier don’t you think?
A mixed bag for the next set
11. The Shuttle -Frances Hodgeston Burnett
12. The Wheel Spins – Ethel Lina White
13. The Quiet American – Graham Greene
14. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
15. Bonjour Tritesse – Françoise Sagan
I’m not sure about the lady in the hat but the other’s are fairly non-descript.
My free choice is entirely made up of the books that nice David from World of Books sent me (along with a discount code you can all use up until the end of March 2018)
16. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Murial Spark
17. Sunset Song – Lewis Grassic Gibbon
18. The Moving Toyshop – Edumund Cripsin
19. The Red House Mystery – A.A. Milne
20. The Greengage Summer – Rumer Godden
A positive riot of colour in this bunch!
So that’s my twenty and as I compiled the list for this post I decided I really don’t have time to read any of the first five this time around so fingers crossed for a short but good read. My number one is The Hireling but The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day aren’t far behind.
Which would you pick?