Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Classics I Want To Read!

I love the idea of being well-read when it comes to classic novels. When I think of classic literature, it evokes images of a cozy old library with a fire crackling in the fireplace. They must hold some universal appeal to be so widely read, and I would love to be able to jump into a conversation about like the work of Charles Dickens or Virginia Woolf (don’t ask me where I’d be overhearing such a conversation) and actually have something to contribute to the discussion.

Unfortunately, I feel that I’ve read very few classics. The ones that immediately come to mind are Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

I know I’ve also read a few books by Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, and Ayn Rand, but I read them all so many years ago. I remember that I enjoyed them all, but I think I’m intimidated by classic novels.

This is my top ten-ish list of classics that I want to read, and I really hope to tackle a couple of them this fall:

  1. Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  2. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  3. Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
  4. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  5. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  6. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  7. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  8. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky (I got about halfway through this at one point and would like to finish!)
  9. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  10. The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter! And let me know if you have any classics to recommend!

6 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Sarah says:

    I commend you for putting faulkner on your list. I tried As I Lay Dying for a class and couldn’t make it through.
    I did read Northanger Abbey this year though, it was pretty good!

  2. Lorie says:

    I remember that ‘Crime and Punisment’ effort! A couple of suggestions for your list: Far From The Madding Crowd and Tess Of The d’Ubervilles. A Thomas Hardy double feature for you! Happy reading whatever you choose!

  3. A Tale of Two Cities and Frankenstein are both on my list! Jane Eyre was awesome. If you like romance and mystery, then you will like this one for sure.

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