Earlier this week the latest Classics Club spin was announced. This will be spin number 15 for the club and my second. Details of how it works can be found here.
I promptly drew up my list. Here it is, in chronological order as with my previous spin and including a mixture of books I’m keen to read, books I’m wary of, and a few that I’m downright anxious to avoid! We are asked to post the list before today, when the spin number is announced but I’ve waited so I can announce the chosen book in the same post. (You’ll just have to trust that I didn’t cheat and write the list after the number was chosen.)
- Persuasion by Jane Austen (1818)
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866)
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1875)
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (1877)
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin (1894)
- The Story of my Life by Helen Keller (1902)
- His Family by Ernest Poole (1918)
- The Lost Girl by D H Lawrence (1920)
- The Death of Society by Romer Wilson (1921)
- Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson (1927)
- Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man by Siegfried Sassoon (1928)
- The Good Companions by J B Priestley (1929)
- Animal Farm by George Orwell (1946)
- The Outsider by Albert Camus (1946)
- Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada (1947)
- My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (1956)
- Seize the Day by Saul Bellow (1956)
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)
- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (1957)
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958)
- Sophie’s Choice by William Styron (1979)
My favourites to read from the list are numbers 1, 6, 10, 16 or 19.
I was screwing my eyes tight shut and hoping that I wouldn’t get these: 2, 3, 13, 14, 17 or 18.
And the winning number was….
So I’ll be reading J B Priestley’s ‘The Good Companions’ with the intention of finishing it by 1st May.
This book was added to my original list because it won the James Tait Black Prize in 1929 so once I’ve read it I can cross that year off my prizewinner list too. I’ve been making extremely slow progress with that project so I’m pleased to be able cross off another year very soon. It’s a book I know nothing about and an author I’ve never read, so it should be interesting.