Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Top Ten Classic Books I Want To Read

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is:

Top Ten Classic Books I Want To Read

I feel like I have a pretty good foundation of classic books I've read, thanks to many, many years of Literature classes in school.  However, there is always something more to read.  Always.  Here are ten classics I've yet to pick up, and look forward to reading!

10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Somehow I got through an English major and a Literature graduate degree without ever picking this one up.

9. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway
For all my love of classic literature, I'm sadly underread when it comes to Hemmingway.

8. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
I can hardly believe I haven't ever read this.

7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
That's right. I've never read anything Bronte. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME.

6. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
I've heard so many good things.  Heard.  Not read.  Must correct.

5. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
I've been intrigued by this tale of human duality for years, and really want to experience the story for myself.

4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde was such a gem.  We could all use more Oscar in our lives.

3. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
It's one of my friends' favorite novel of all time.  Must read.

2. Persuasion by Jane Austen
I believe this is the only Austen I've not read.

1. Dracula by Bram Stoker
I must know what all the fuss is about.

What about you?  What classics have you not read that you want to read?


  1. Personally, I am totally on Team Jane Eyre, so I would strongly recommend picking that one up (over Wuthering Heights, which I didn't like at all.) Have you read Austen's unfinished novels (like Sanditon, etc.)?

    1. One vote for Jane Eyre! I haven't read any of Austen's unfinished novels, only the finished ones, with the glaring exception of Persuasion. Would you recommend reading them, even though they're unfinished?

    2. Hmmm, well I don't think I've read The Watsons, but I *have* read Sanditon. The version I read was actually finished by another author (this book here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/166177.Sanditon?ac=1) and I really enjoyed it overall. Not sure it would be worth it to read the unfinished version (I think it probably leaves off before too much happens, lol) but if you're not super purist about your Austen reading, I would certainly recommend the version I linked above. The other author really does do an admirable job of attempting to emulate Austen's style, although of course, *no one* can do Austen like Austen herself :D

    3. Oh good, I didn't realize that someone else had finished the book for her. I admit, the idea of starting a book that had no written ending didn't sound too appealing, but so long as there's a conclusion then I'm willing to check it out! Thanks for sending the link, I appreciate it!

  2. Mel - my two most favorite books of all time are both on this list. Jane Eyre and Persuasion. You need to read them RIGHT NOW. I have several copies of both, if you'd like to borrow one. Just drop by Boston any time...

    1. Roger that. Both have been on my list for a long time, I just never got around to either... Forgive me!


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