Monday, April 15, 2019

Classics Club Spin #20 (My List)

It's time for a Classics Club Spin. The number--for better or worse--will be announced April 22nd. I will update this post and share the number that was chosen. The selected book should be completed by May 31, 2019. The number was 19

1. The Sunne in Splendour. Sharon Kay Penman. 1982.
2. The Innocence of Father Brown. G.K. Chesterton. 1911.
3. Belinda. Maria Edgeworth. 1801.
4. Gone With The Wind. Margaret Mitchell (1936)
5. Poor Folk. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
6. The Fortune of the Rougons (La Fortune des Rougon). Emile Zola
7. He That Will Not When He May. Margaret Oliphant.
8. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo, translated by Julie Rose. 1862/2008.
9. Richard the Third by Paul Murray Kendall (1955) 
10. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Betty Smith. 1943.
11. Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer. 1932
12. Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope. 1865.
13. Bostonians. Henry James. 1886.
14. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
15. Katherine. Anya Seton. 1954. 
16. Their Eyes Were Watching God. Zora Neale Hurston. 1937.
17. Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe (1719)
18. Domestic Manners of the Americans. Frances Trollope. 1832. 
19. The Tempest by William Shakespeare (1610)
20.  The Master of Ballantrae. Robert Louis Stevenson. 1889.

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Brona 5:36 PM  

Their Eyes Were Watching God was a book I had never heard in Australia until joining the CC, but I then joined in a sync read of it and fell in love. Janey's voice is still in my head all these year's later. An extraordinary protagonist.

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