Book Lists, Classics, hauls, TBRs

Classics I Still Have to Read!

Classics are my favourite genre of books. There is something so special about reading a book that was so widely revered when it was released many years ago, and that despite all of the time passed since its publication, has managed to maintain its grandeur and popularity (or for it to have significantly increased). There is something so beautiful and captivating about “timeless classics”. Most importantly, classics have the power to convey a snapshot of times passed in an enchanting and vivid detail hard to find elsewhere.

I have read many classics – from all the famous children’s classics including Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden” and “Little Lord Fauntleroy”, Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn” and of course L. M. Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables”, to the more mature texts such as Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”, Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre”, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and George Orwell’s “1984”. I recently realised that the most famous classics that I haven’t yet read are mostly either the longest (such as War and Peace!) or are lesser known ones (less famous than the ones I have mentioned). Therefore, I have conducted some serious Goodreads scrolling to compile a list of the next classics I am to read – hence, this post!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fizgerald

I know, I know. A self-proclaimed lover of classics, yet I have failed and continuously failed to read this book which is undisputedly one of the most famous classics of all time. I am very ashamed to admit this, but can I make up for it by having put this first on the list?

It’s interesting that despite the millions of reviews and ratings on Goodreads, quite a lot of people have been unable to understand and appreciate why this book is just so famous, so I do hope that I’m able to enjoy it and appreciate it when the time comes.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

I read “Wives and Daughters” for a small book club I had with a couple of friends, and I quite liked it. I remember thinking at the time that it was dragging on for a bit too long, but when I read it a couple of years ago I had just started reading the more mature classics such as “Pride and Prejudice”, and so now I hope that I will enjoy “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell even more than I did “Wives and Daughters”. I’ve also seen so many comparisons to “Pride and Prejudice” in Goodreads reviews which makes me really excited to read this because I am a massive P&P fan!!

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

After my first Tolstoy novel, “Anna Karenina”, was a massive success in all respects, I am eager to expand my horizons to “War and Peace”! It is possible that I will find this denser, longer and more boring to read than “Anna Karenina” because this book is very much concerned with history during the time of Napoleon and I’m not sure if I’m interested enough in that part of history to read a 1,000 page novel on it and apparently the battle scenes can be repetitively tiresome – however, for the sake of Tolstoy’s mastery characterisation and storytelling in general, I am willing to give this a try.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I love Psychology, and I think mental health is extremely, extremely important. This book sounds absolutely riveting. I know I will be disturbed upon reading it, and saddened (especially considering it is a semi-autobiographical work, as I read somewhere) but I do really want to read it at some point. Reading about the masterfully depicted downfall of a character is something I have always found simultaneously unsettling and engrossing.

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The premise of this book sounds so intriguing and interesting – it is “a vivid portrait of a single day in a woman’s life”. I have dipped into Virginia Woolf before and really enjoyed it, and I certainly want to read this one too.

*This list will be continued in another post!*

Have you read any of these books before? Are there any books on here that you think that I should give a pass and why? Do you love classics?

Speak soon!

4 thoughts on “Classics I Still Have to Read!”

  1. I’m on the fence with War and Peace. It intrigues and scares me at the same time. (I’ve heard lots of negative points on the epilogues)

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  2. let me know your thoughts once you read it! ahh rebecca by daphne de maurier?? i would totally recommend, it’s amazing!! i loved it so much!! thank you 🙂

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