I’ve always really enjoyed reading classics, even from a very young age. As a child I devoured a lot of the children’s classics like Black Beauty and Watership Down, and in my early teens I discovered Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters.
English was my favourite subject in school for that reason, and I even went on to study it in college and then university. However, I think by that stage, I’d kind of gone into classics overload… I’d read so many classics over the years, and some that I’d been made to read I just hadn’t clicked with. That’s why I’ve barely touched any of the classics since leaving university, as I’ve mostly just wanted to read other things.
However, there’s still so many classics out there that I haven’t read, even though I’d like to. I’d have to be in the mood for it, but I’d love to read these ten classics at some point:
Emma, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion by Jane Austen
Jane Austen’s books are some of the classics I’ve found to be the most easily readable, being full of interesting characters, insightful observations of society, and humour that still stands up today.
That’s why it seems a shame that I’ve only actually read three of her novels: Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park. I’m hoping that I’ll get round to reading Emma, Sense and Sensibiliy and Persuasion soon.
Villette by Charlotte Brontë
I always consider myself to be a big fan of the Brontë sisters, having loved the likes of Wuthering Heights (Emily), Agnes Grey (Anne), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne), and Jane Eyre (Charlotte). However, Charlotte wrote a lot more books than just Jane Eyre, and it’s argued by some that her later novel Villette is actually superior…so I’m definitely interested to read it!
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
I’ve always been interested to read this book, but have been put off by the fact it’s very, very long… I mean, I already need to be in the mood to tackle a classic, so an incredibly long classic is an even bigger ask for a mood reader like me. Hopefully one day I’ll read it!
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
A while ago I read a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories and really enjoyed them. However, I still haven’t read the most famous Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles!
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
I’m not generally a huge fan of mystery stories, but I’ve always been intrigued to read an Agatha Christie book. Her books are incredibly famous for a reason, so I’d like to give one a go and see what I think.
And Then There Were None particularly appeals to me, as I love the idea of everyone being trapped together and not knowing who they can trust!
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
I really enjoyed reading The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, so I’d love too get round to reading The War of the Worlds at some point. I’ve somehow managed to avoid the various screen adaptations as well, so I haven’t even had it spoilt for me!
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I always love a good bit of Gothic literature, and The Picture of Dorian Gray has such a wonderfully grotesque and horrifying concept that I’ve always wanted to read it! I’ve actually started it a couple of times, but found that I just wasn’t in the mood for it, so hopefully I’ll successfully complete it at some point. It’s not like it’s a very long book!
1984 by George Orwell
I always feel like I should have read some George Orwell! Especially 1984, as I generally really enjoy dystopian novels, and this is easily the most famous dystopian novel of all time.
So have you read any of these books? Which would you recommend I get to first? What classics are on your TBR?