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Top Ten Classic Books I Read/Want To Read

(TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

I don’t read a lot of classics, even though I like to buy them (because they are often super pretty) and always make plans to read more. Last year I actually read 12 (or even more, I can’t remember) classics. This year I took part in a challenge and wanted to read one each month, but only read two so far. Overall I haven’t read a lot of them and choosing favorites is pretty easy because I don’t have many. Most classics are okay and I don’t regret reading them but I don’t love them. 




Classics I read and liked:
  • Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: I have a whole collection of these Sherlock Holmes novels and they are not only really pretty but the stories are fun to read too. I only read three out of nine so far though. It is interesting to read the ones they used for the TV show and to see what they kept and what they changed from the original story.
  • The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells: I bought a collection of 5 of his books and this is by far my favorite. The First Men in the Moon was good too but this one is the only one I really enjoyed from beginning to end.
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: This is one of my favorites because I love the time period so much.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: I should probably read more books by Jane Austen because I did enjoy this one a lot.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll: Another one of my favorites. I was glad that I finally decided to read this last year. I hadn’t even known before that there are actually two separate stories and not just one. 


Classics I want to read:
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: I own a super pretty edition of this one. I got it about a year ago and still haven’t read it but I really want to. I’m currently not in the mood for these kind of books though.
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: A book about books! Forbidden books which are being destroyed. Of course I want to read it. Reason number one why I haven’t read this yet is that I can’t decide what edition I want. There are too many I like.
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger: I wish I had to read books like these in school! It’s pretty much a contemporary which I’m still not in the mood for but someday I’m gonna read this one!
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess: I always hear that the slang  alone is worth a look into this book.
  • Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe: I’ve always wanted to read some of his novels and poems because there are so many books and even TV series (The Following!) that use them in their own stories.


Which classics do you like or even love? Which do you want to read?