Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I know it’s technically already Wednesday, but I really wanted to participate in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (and didn’t have the time yesterday), so here is my top ten! This week’s topic was top ten classics I want to read. I had a lot of fun with picking out these ten books, so who cares if it’s a day late!
1. Emma by Jane Austen
I’ve only read two Jane Austen novels (I believe), so Emma is basically representative for all Austen novels. This one’s just the one that I’ve got waiting on one of my shelves, and thus will probably be the first one I’ll pick up.
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
I’ve been wanting to read this novel for a long time now, but still haven’t got around to it. Hopefully soon!
3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
I feel like this is one of those novels you have to have read. There are so many references to this work everywhere (modern day literature, tv, film — everywhere) and I’m really fascinated by the story and all the mystery that surrounds it.
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I’ve heard and read a lot of good things about this book, and I’ve gotten curious. What is all the fuss about? Time to read it, I’d say.
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
This novel has been on my To Read list for ages, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever get around to it. But someday, someday, I’ll read it.
As some of you probably know, I’m an English major, and Beowulf is referred to in tons of my classes. However, I’ve never actually had to read it for a course, which I think is kind of ridiculous. So, again, someday…
7. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
When we’re talking about classics, I think this book will pretty much always make the list. I’ve never read it, though, so that needs to change.
8. Watership Down by Richard Adams
I remember there being a tv series (cartoon) based on this novel, and I absolutely loved that series. It wasn’t until quite a bit later that I actually found out about the novel, when my father told me about it. I’ve been wanting to read it ever since, but still haven’t got around to it.
9. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I’ve seen the films (although I don’t remember much about them) but I still haven’t read the books, even though I did start reading the first one at some point. I got bored about 100 pages in, so I gave up. I’ll try again, though, you know… Someday.
10. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I love me some crime and mystery (only when it’s fictional of course), and I can’t believe I’ve never actually read any of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I’m really looking forward to reading them at some point.
Well, there you have it, my top ten! Are there any novels you think should definitely have made the list? Let me know!
8 thoughts on “Top Ten Classics I Want To Read”
Oh, get around to Jane Eyre! You’ll love it. I love a dark, stormy Bronte over an Austen any day.
If it’s just as dark and stormy as Wuthering Heights, I’ll probably love it, but that’s another Brontë sister, haha. I loved Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but disliked Mansfield Park, so I have no clue how I’ll like the other ones.
It’s different from Wuthering Heights for sure, but I won’t say how;) But all the books on your list are goodies!
Good to hear that you’re able to backtrack and read the books despite seeing the movies (re: LOTR). I can’t imagine myself being able to considering knowing the resulting plot points!
joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts
Oh, that’s definitely not the case for every film/book! I’ve deliberately not seen the Hunger Games films because I still want to read the books, and I’m pretty sure Harry Potter would’ve lost a lot of its magic (see what I did there :-P) if I’d seen the films first. The same is true for many other books. But with LOTR it’s just different I think. And honestly, I can hardly remember anything from the films. I saw all three of them (extended editions) in one night during a LOTR marathon and I think that was just too much input to handle, haha!
Get around to reading Jane Eyre! It’s one of my favorites.
Read Catcher first, you won’t put it down, you will end up saying ‘godamn’ and ‘phoney’ alot more too!
I’ve just started reading it!