I am a big book nerd, as I’m sure many of you know, and along with studying English literature at university, that means I’ve read a lot of books. I have to say, classics are probably the books I’ve read the least, just because they aren’t always my first choice unless I have to read them for my course. I don’t know why this is, maybe because they’re known for being slightly more difficult so I just avoid them. However, there are a few which are on my TBR, so I thought I would list them!
1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
I remember back in Year 12 we read an extract from the Victorian classic, and ever since I’ve wanted to actually read the whole story. I know pretty much what happens anyway, as I’m sure everyone does, but I just remember finding that extract so captivating and beautifully written that I needed to get more out of it!
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I’m living in Winchester, which is kind of Jane Austen territory, and I’m also an English literature student- and I still haven’t finished Pride and Prejudice. I think the closest I’ve got to it is watching the Bridget Jones films countless times because I relate to her on so many levels, and it’s also loosely based off the novel anyway. I do also have a really pretty edition of it so I think it’s about time I start reading it.
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I think this counts as a modern classic, but a classic all the same and another book I haven’t read. I remember my sister reading The Book Thief a few years ago, and I was put off by the size of the novel. The story certainly interested me, but I just never got around to reading it. I have seen the film adaption which came out a few years ago, but I’ve heard it doesn’t compare to the book, hence why it is on my list!
4. Dracula by Bram Stoker
Last semester I did an American Gothic module, and although we didn’t focus on Dracula, it was brought up in a few lectures and it’s been on my reading list for at least a year. I don’t tend to delve into much horror or Gothic fiction, which is partly why I want to read Stoker’s classic because it’s such a classic story and I feel like a bit of an impostor because I haven’t read it yet!
5. 1984 by George Orwell
I know, I know… To be honest I did start reading it, but at the time I didn’t really get the plot so I stopped reading it quite early on, with the intention of picking it up again but I never got around to it! I really do need to read 1984, especially because of all the political shenanigans that have been going on recently- I think it would make for an interesting read!
Those are just a few of the classic books that I would love to get around to reading at some point in the near future! Hopefully once my term finishes I will have more free time before I become a third year and start my final year at university!
Have you read any of these classics? Are any on your TBR list? Let me know in the comments!