Classics, Classics and MORE Classics!


Hello, Bookworms, I’m not a huge classics reader, but I do enjoy them from time to time. Perhaps the one thing school was good for was forcing me to read Classics(I probably would have never read them otherwise..I still don’t forgive you for Shakespeare, though…).

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just a cute kitty!

Here is a little list of:

  • Classics I’ve read
  • Classics I NEED to read!
  • Classics I probably won’t ever read
  • Must-read Classics (tested by yours truly)

Classics I’ve Read

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
  • Othello by William Shakespeare
  • The Yellow-Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Beowulf

Classics I need to read!

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
  • Earthsea by Ursula Kroeber Le Guin
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • The Secret History by
  • Dracula by Bram Stocker
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Don Quioxote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinback
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • The Lover by Marguerite Duras
  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

Classics I probably won’t ever read

  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand,Leonard Peikoff 
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

Must-Read Classics

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Second Sex (have yet to read) by Simone de Beauvoir
  • The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan (also need to read this one)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

And that’s it from me! Of course, this list is subject to change throughout the years, but for now, these are my opinions on some classics! Classics have always been quite intimidating to me, with the difference in language and the “classic” label attached to them. So, along with having lots of coursework to do, it can be hard to make time to read these books, but it’s one of my goals for this year(and probably all the years to come).

Thanks for reading! How often do you read classics? Are they a genre you tend to enjoy?

30 thoughts on “Classics, Classics and MORE Classics!”

  1. Classics include some of my most favorite books (haha, sounds weird, I know 😅) I love little women and anne of green gables so much! Ooh and the Agatha Christie books too! I had to read heart of darkness as assigned reading from school last year, and well, I didn’t like it at all. Bud, not buddy is one I absolutely hate too (again, assigned reading from school) and honestly, I was SO HAPPY when I finally finished it! I’ve tried reading Lord of the Rings a few times, but I just can’t seem to get into it?e Nice post, Erin!

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  2. I rarely, if ever read classics. But luckily, when I did read them for school (especially in uni) I found more appreciation for them. My favorite kinds of classics are usually plays or short stories (like the Yellow Wallpaper, I loved that one), but I’m usually picky about which ones I want to add to my tbr because I just don’t read them that often. What a great post Erin! ✨

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  3. I will NEVER shut up about Lolita – honestly needs to be required reading. But I was low key surprised you haven’t read The Great Gatsby yet??? Hot on the heels of Lolita it’s my absolute favorite classic. And even better – it’s super short and super easy to breeze through! I feel like, much like Lolita, it’s a summery classic and the vibes are ~immaculate~. I’d also highly recommend Jane Eyre. Don’t let the thickness put you off – it’s such a good classic! Very moody and perfect for the wintery months! 💙

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  4. Okay I have been searching for classics for three days straight and then you drop this post ✨ woah. But I started fahrenheit 451 so we’ll see how that goes. Also, how dare you not put great expectations on here, it’s such a phenomenal read 🔪🔪 I better see you reading it in my lifetime.

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  5. Oooo, great list Erin!! You have great taste🤗
    I mostly read classics. There is always something magical about a Victorian- Era book set in stately castles or in the warm English moors, that manages to grab your attention.
    I actually posted something similar on my Blogger Blog: https://maithworld.blogspot.com/2021/08/ambiguous-classics-you-need-to-read.html
    I really want to read Handmaid’s Tale soon!! The Bell Jar and Rebecca are masterpieces; you should definitely read them 🙂
    Lovely post!!!
    ~Maith

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  6. this is going to sound strange but i actually used to read classics a lot when i was younger. eight year old me LOVED little women and anne of green gables lol! jane eyre is another favorite. you have so many that are on my tbr as well, i can’t wait to see what you think of them! good luck💜

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  7. I enjoy reading classics, but I feel like I’ve been neglecting them lately! I feel like I’m more I’m the mood to read them in the colder months – and I feel like so many on your tbr are excellent picks for fall as well! 🖤

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  8. Some of my favourite ever books are classics but at the moment, I’m not actively read them besides the ones I will re-read nearly every year (Pride and Prejudice, Cranford, Little Women, and A Christmas Carol. I don’t know whether it is because I don’t have the concentration span for them anymore, or there are simply too many other books vying for my attention but they just sit on my shelves, untouched and unread. I do still want to read them but I have to be in the right mood and it simply hasn’t come along yet.

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