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Classics I Need to Read


Hey guys!

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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

-The Storyteller

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2 thoughts on “Classics I Need to Read”

  1. I’ve read 1984 which is a very good book! But haven’t properly read the others (I did a bit of Great Expectations and Dracula at school) but I think The Book Thief will be the book I have to read as I have seen and loved the film!

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