Top Ten Classics I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is top ten books I can’t believe I haven’t read, so I decided to just focus on classics for this one. As a student of English literature, there are lots of books I feel I should have read, but haven’t (yet). I picked ten books I still want to read one day (there are also many books I should (have) read, but don’t want to read *cough*Ulysses*cough*).


  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  7. Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  9. Emma by Jane Austen
  10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Do you still want to read any of these books? Or do you think I should steer clear frome some of these? Let me know!

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29 thoughts on “Top Ten Classics I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

  1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of my all-time favorite stories. Both the movies and the books! The only other one I’ve read is The Great Gatsby and I’m sad to say that I really hated it…

    I want to read Lolita, Emma and Frankenstein as well!

    Great list 😀

    1. I’m familiar with the story, and I’ve also seen the films a few years ago, but I still haven’t got round to reading the books! I started the first book once, years ago, but I think I was still a bit too young for it then.

      Thank you! 🙂

  2. I still need to read a lot of the books on this list. But you should definitely read To Kill A Mockingbird. That book literally changed my view on so many things. And ofcourse LOTR is a must-read that you won’t be able to put down!

    1. To Kill a Mockingbird is definitely high on my TBR, especially after Harper Lee being in the news so much in the past week because of her “new” book. It seems like a very important book to read!
      I started reading the first LOTR book years ago, but couldn’t get through it… I think I was still a bit too young for it then!

  3. If you read just one of these books, it should be To Kill A Mockingbird. Then Jane Eyre. There are a lot of other great ones on here, too!

    1. I think I’m going to browse my parents’ bookcase soon to see if they have To Kill a Mockingbird, and otherwise I’ll just have to pick it up at a book store, because I really want to read it now! I think I’m going to read Jane Eyre after finishing my current read, as it’s been waiting for me on one of my shelves for ages!

  4. I agree with everyone else – definitely read To Kill A Mockingbird. The movie is also great. I just read today that Harper Lee is going to publish a second book, one written in the 1950s (she thought the manuscript had been lost). It features the Scout character as an adult.

    I wasn’t that thrilled with Brave New World. I liked the beginning but by the end of it, I had lost all interest. But I read it when I was a teen and I might have a different perspective on it now.

    I enjoyed Alice in Wonderland, and that’s a quick read.

    1. Yes, I read that as well, although there’s a lot of controversy about whether or not she actually wants the book to be published, apparently. I’ll definitely have to read To Kill a Mockingbird soon, though!

      I’ve heard a lot of opinions on Brave New World, and I don’t think I’ll be reading it anytime soon, but one day I will! Hopefully.

  5. Too many books!!!! I have a lot of classics in my books to read before I die list (in my head) and it’s crazyyyyy. I wrote a list too but I feel like after reading others’ lists, my list is far beyond 10 already. I’m taking notes and hah, I don’t know how to finish all these boooooks.

  6. Lolita, The Great Gatsby (!!), Alice, and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (read it. do it.) are my top suggestions. All favorites of mine. Plus, a follow up to To Kill a Mockingbird was just announced, so you should read it before that comes out!

            1. True! I’m not sure how large the English YA/Contemporary collection is at my local library though (what with living in the Netherlands and all 😉 ). For now I still have a tonnn of books on my shelves. 🙂

  7. I have a degree in English and I haven’t read all of these either. Seven out of ten isn’t too bad, though! TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is my favorite book of all time. I also love JANE EYRE and EMMA. I hope you get to all of these!


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