Time for Another Classics Club Spin

d4b3a916b70921728d29411f60c7e196The Classics Club has announced another Spin. Yay! With the earlier announcement of the Women’s Classic Literature event for 2016, I’ve decided to list only female authors this time. So here are my 20 titles, and next week I’ll find out which one to read by February 1.

  1. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  3. The Land of Little Rain, Mary Austen
  4. The Death of the Heart, Elizabeth Bowen
  5. A Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain
  6. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  7. Cecilia, Fanny Burney
  8. Violets and Other Tales, Alice Dunbar-Nelson
  9. North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell
  10. The Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne Jewett
  11. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, Selma Lagerlöff
  12. Purple Springs, Nellie McClung
  13. Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford
  14. Roughing It in the Bush, Susanna Moodie
  15. Winter Wheat, Mildred Walker
  16. Summer Will Show, Sylvia Townsend Warner
  17. Enchanted April, Elizabeth von Arnim
  18. The Living Is Easy, Dorothy West
  19. The Return of the Soldier, Rebecca West (THE WINNER)
  20. Grisly Grisell, Charlotte Mary Yonge




  1. What a great list. You have books I love (North and South, The Enchanted April, The Return of the Soldier), some intriguing titles that I know but haven’t read, and a few books I don’t know and must look up. I wish you a great spin.

  2. Country of Pointed Firs has a special place in my heart since I grew up in Maine, but that subjectivity aside, it’s really quite excellent. Enchanted April as well.
    There’s a bunch on your list I’ve never heard of – if my to-read list wasn’t already out of control, I would look them up! 🙂

    • I know the feeling of an out-of-control TBR list! I’m planning to read Country of the Pointed Firs next year, since there’s a Reading New England event going on. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  3. That’s a good list. I’ve read seven of them, most recently I enjoyed The Country of the Pointed Firs and I hadn’t even heard of Sarah Orne Jewett before then. My favourite though is definitely The Enchanted April.

    • That’s good to hear about Jewett’s book. I only found out about it recently, when I tried to come up with more titles by women for my Classics Club list. Enchanted April has been sitting on my shelf for so long, it’s not even funny that it’s still unread.

  4. For some reason, I have been just dying to read Testament of Youth lately, so I hope that you get that one.

    Have you read The Backwoods of Canada by Catherine Parr Traill? It’s Susannah Moodie’s sister’s story and it’s a great comparison to Roughing it in the Bush, because they have such different personalities and experiences.

    Have a great spin!

    • I did not know about The Backwoods of Canada. I only discovered Susannah Moodie recently, so I had no idea she had a sister. But that’s a great suggestion, reading them as a comparison. I’ll keep it in mind, since I’m planning to read the books on this list whether they come up in the spin or not.

  5. That is a terrific list. I really enjoyed Love in a Cold Climate, and Little Women is great too. A couple of the others are on the shelf waiting to be read. Happy spinning. 🙂

  6. I fear the only one I’ve read is Little Women, so all I can add is that I hope you get one you really enjoy! (I think this is because nearly all the classics I’ve read are by men… shameful! Must do something about that…)

    • I was really surprised when I noticed that most of the classics on my “master list” were by men. Women only came up to 20% because Edith Wharton was listed so many times. 🙂 Little Women would be a reread for me, but it’s due for one.

    • It’s gotten me to work on my Classics Club List, to have more of a balance between male and female authors. I discovered some interesting books that way. (I had never heard of Roughing It in the Bush, which apparently was essential reading for Canadian settlers.) Heavenali’s #Woolfalong is part of the event, too.

      • If you get Roughing it in the Bush, I’ll be tempted to read it with you (since I own it and haven’t read it yet). I have read her sister’s book, The Backwoods of Canada. And I have (and am dying to read!) Sisters In the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catherine Parr Praill by Charlotte Gray.

  7. I hope you get 1, 5, or 6!! Although if you get one of the others, I can vicariously hear about a book I’ve never read, which is also excellent. 🙂

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