In the High Peaks

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Classics Club Spin #30

It's been a long time since I participated in a Classics Club Spin. My #20 Slot for The Twenty Books of Summer is empty, so I'll fill it with whichever book rolls around for me on Sunday. Of course, I will not be reading the Classics Club Spin book at the end of the summer. I'll read it in the time specifically allotted. Lots of my 20 Books of Summer List will be read out of order due to the state of My Library Holds List. 

So here's my Classics Club Spin List of Twenty Books:

1. Barchester Towers by Trollope

2. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

3. Short Stories by Shirley Jackson

4. Snow by Orhan Pamuk

5. In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden

6. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (reread)

7. Another Nature title by Henry David Thoreau

8. The Doll: The Lost Short Stories by Daphne du Maurier

9. The House on the Strand by Daphne Du Maurier

10. And Quiet Flows the Don by  Mikhail Sholokhov  

11. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

12. Home of the Gentry by Ivan Turgenev

13. Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott

14. An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

15. The Things They Carried and Other Stories  Tim O’Brien

16. Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek by Annie Dillard

17. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

18. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

19. The Razor’s Edge  by W.S. Maugham

20. Sanditon by Jane Austen, with essays.

Good luck to everyone with the SPIN!




  1. I just recently read Rebecca by du Maurier and then I read some stories from a different collection than the one on your list. I liked those too. I want to read more by du Maurier now.

    1. I loved Rebecca, and more recently I really liked My Cousin Rachel. Very good. Ken and I recently watched The Scapegoat on Acorn TV, the film based on her novel by the same name. It was very good. Now I should read the book.

  2. I believe that number 5 came up in the spin, so you'll be reading In This House of Brede. I read it in the 1970s and really enjoyed it despite not being attracted to the setting of a convent. From your list I've read numbers, 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 14 and 20.

    1. Katrina, I'm so glad you had a good experience with Brede. When the number came up, I had a bit of the wolly-gaggles, wondering if I would manage it, but based on the reviews of people who have read it, I think I'll do more than fine. Thanks! You've read so many on my list!!!

  3. Lots of good ones here. The House on the Strand and the Alcotts, particularly. I did enjoy the Nancy Thayer you recommended.

  4. I'm interested in what you thought of The House on the Strand. Some one of these days I'll get there. I'm glad you liked An Act of Love--a good discussion book, I thought. Lots of complex layers in all those relationships.