September 11, 2015

Top 10 Classics I Need to Read...Eventually

I think we all have some classic novels that for whatever reason we have never read. Perhaps some of them are avoided because they look too intimidating. While some are passed over because they sound... well DULL. For me I have not read some for both of those reasons. Also, I missed out on reading some that most people read in their high school days. I went to a public high school for about a year and a half. However, in the middle of my sophomore year I switched to homeschool and I finished getting my diploma that way. So I really feel like I missed out on some classics that I would have read in public high school. Over the years I have read quite a few classics I missed out on, but here are my top 10 that I still need to just read already!


I've read Pride & Prejudice (hated it, sorry), but I've never read anything else by Jane Austen. I really would like to give her another chance. I cringe when I think about how much I disliked Pride & Prejudice, but maybe one of her other books would be more to my taste.



I'm afraid I've missed the Charles Dickens train. Thus far I have only read A Christmas Carol by Dickens and even though I loved it, I've yet to read anything else by him. I also really want to read Oliver Twist. I'm really starting to feel like I'm missing out on something major here. 



Here's another author that has multiple books I need to read. I'm just a little hesitant to read Russian literature. I really have been avoiding these for some time. One of these days I will see what the fuss is all about.


I don't even think Catch-22 sounds interesting, but I'll read it and see if I change my tune. I'll  give it a shot! I've heard this is one of those hate it or love it novels.


Here's another piece of Russian Literature I have yet to read. I've actually owned this novel for quite some time, and it isn't very big, but I've been really reluctant to start it. Perhaps I will in 2016. You never know.


I know The Catcher in the Rye has been on the Banned Books lists a lot, so surely I should read it? I am not even sure I know what it's about. I liked banned books though! :P


No, I haven't seen the movie either. I know the movie is one (if not the number one) of my grandmother's favorite movies. I really should break down and read it one day. I'm just not sure a romance during the Civil War screams my name. Hmm...


I'll admit this got bumped up on my to-read list after I saw Hugh Jackman singing in the movie. "Look down, look down..." The movie was so damn good. I hope the book is just as good. 

Honorable Mentions: 

I swear I have a fear of Russian literature. Here's another in that genre that I have avoided. I can't even think of any Russian novels that I HAVE read. :/ Crime and Punishment sounds like a really dark novel though. Which is definitely up my alley.

I know I have started reading Moby Dick, but I was in Junior High School and I don't know if I ever finished it. I remember nothing about it so I'm really not sure. Either way, I need to give this one another go. 

So there you have my list of classics that I need to read...eventually. I didn't realize until making this list that I have been avoiding Russian literature like the plague. That definitely needs to change. Well before we know it 2016 will be upon us and maybe I will read some of these next year. Maybe I'll even have a vote and let you all decide which one I HAVE to read in 2016. That could be interesting...

So what classics do you want to read that you never have? Have you been avoiding some like I have or have you just not had enough time to make your way through them all? Let me know in the comments!!



  1. It's a great list Erin! I agree that sometimes I hesitate to start reading a classic because they seem intimidating.
    At the moment I'm reading horror classics only and then I'll try other authors (Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is next on my list).

    Great blog btw! I'm already a follower :)

    1. Yes! Some of them really are intimidating. Ooo horror classics! I've been making my way through those the past few years. Dr Jekyll and Hyde is fantastic. One of my favorites.

      Thank you! :-)

  2. I've read the first three and that is it! I try to read a classic every year but it doesn't always happen. I did try reading Moby Dick once a long time ago and just couldn't get into it for some reason. I would love to read Gone With the Wind though, I loved the movie and have heard wonderful things about the book.

    1. I have a lot of classics that I love, but I find I have a hard time getting myself to start them. I need to read more of them. I keep hearing Gone with the Wind is so good, one of these days I just need to at least watch the movie. It does not seem like something I would like, but you never know!


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