It’s here again! I haven’t participated in the last couple of Classics Club spins, but I don’t have any other challenges going on at the moment, so hopefully this time I will succeed. Normally I try to organise them by theme or genre, but on this occasion I have used the very straightforward rule of “books I reasonably believe I could read between 18th September (when the number will be announced on the Classics Club site) and 30th October” – by which point I will need to have read and reviewed the selected pick if I can consider myself to have “won” the spin, something I have achieved exactly once. At least, most of them are books I think I could read in that time – I have my doubts about the George Eliots, but I had run out of quick reads by the time I added them, and I did at least leave Crime and Punishment off the list… So, in chronological order by publication date, here are my twenty possible options for the Classics Club spin:

  1. Old Goriot by Honoré de Balzac
  2. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
  3. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  4. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  5. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
  6. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  7. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  8. The Beautiful and Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald
  9. The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany
  10. Passing by Nella Larson
  11. They Came Like Swallows by William Maxwell
  12. Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh
  13. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  14. Up at the Villa by W Somerset Maugham
  15. The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham
  16. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
  17. The Last Hurrah by Edwin O’Connor
  18. The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende
  19. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  20. Red Sorghum by Mo Yan

I think I’d be happy with pretty much any of the books on this list – but personally I am rooting for some genre fiction, be it science fiction or mystery or fantasy. We shall see on Sunday!