(As this post is about classics, I thought a little Kate Beaton was necessary.)

As you guys already know, I suck when it comes to reading classics. For some reason, I just can’t seem to get into the writing. I am much more attune with modern classics and find them much more accessible. Perhaps it’s that I am always thinking a-mile-a-minute, but I can’t seem to slow down enough to enjoy a slower moving, lyrical piece of classic literature.

But, that doesn’t stop me from trying. I’ve always thought that people who dislike reading just haven’t found something curated specifically for them. In the same light, I bet there is a classic out there for me!

So, inspired by Sarah Says Read and her participation in The Classics Club Challenge (a group for classic literature lovers, with members working towards reading 50 classics of their choice by 2018), I have made a list of 30 classics I think I may enjoy. I also own most of them (to save my wallet some pain and suffering.)

Please feel free to let me know your thoughts on any of these!  I’m well aware that most are the basic go-to classic novels, but I seriously have read .. almost nothing! I threw a few modern classics in there too just to shake things up!

  1. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  2. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  3. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  4. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  5. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthrone
  6. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
  7. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  8. Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood
  9. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  10. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  11. Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
  12. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  13. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  14. 1984 – George Orwell
  15. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  16. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  17. Interview With a Vampire – Anne Rice
  18. The Secret Garden – Francis Hodgson Burnett
  19. The Hobbit – J.R.R Tolkien
  20. North & South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  21.  The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales – Edgar Allen Poe
  22. Frankenstein – Mary Shelly
  23. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  24. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  25. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  26. Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne
  27. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
  28. The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
  29. We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
  30. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

7 thoughts on “Classics?

  1. Great post. I used to dislike classics, or at least some classics. A book is only classic if you enjoy it really. Some writers from the early 20th century write with almost the same modernity as current authors, so they stay fresh longer if you catch my drift. Others are very elaborate and age badly. Thomas Hardy is an example – dullard. Wouldn’t touch another book of his. No doubt somebody still loves his writing, just isn’t for me.

    I think we tend to have so called classics shoved upon us as children at school also – many of which are not readable at that age. So school tends to do a good job of taking the enjoyment away.

    13.Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
    14.1984 – George Orwell
    15.Animal Farm – George Orwell
    16.Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
    I have read all of these, three of them recently. Vonnegut is very easy to read as is Orwell. Huxley I found a little trickier to like, but still good.
    I know The Great Gatsby is all over the place now, but it is a great example of a book which is many decades old but reads like it was written quite recently. And it’s only 180 pages.

  2. I feel similar about not being able to get into the slowness of some classics, too but these ones on your list are totally great and not slow at all:

    I Capture the Castle
    Alice in Wonderland
    Cold Comfort Farm

    And I was happy to see The Road on there as a modern classic. It is amazing (and super easy to read – you may even finish in one sitting)!

  3. I’ve read quite a few, though many are still languishing on my shelves. Some faves in the bunch: Jane Eyre, The Road, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, Pride and Prejudice. all good if you’re in the right mood. Given your tendency toward the more contemporary reading, I would suggest Fahrenheit 451. Quick read, awesome book.

    And I totally want to read Cold Comfort Farm and I Capture the Castle after I saw MercysBookishMusings reviews.


  4. Aww yayyyy I’m so glad you’re joining in! It’s a good motivator :)

    I highly recommend Rebecca, The Secret Garden, and Fahrenheit 451 as good classics to start with. They’re engaging and easily readable.

    I have Gone With the Wind on my list too, but I am terrified to start that monster! It’s huuuuuuge, lol.

  5. Great goal! I’ve read six of the books on your list. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell was wonderful and of course, Pride and Prejudice. I’ve endeavoured to read 1984 and Slaughterhouse Five but have yet to really crack open their spines. One of these days, I hope.

    Great post as usual, Chelsey.

    ALSO, thanks for recc’ng The Rosie Project. It was such a fab read. :)

  6. I’m in the classics club also because I wanted to read more classics, especially the ones I have since always on my selves, waiting patiently ;)
    The fact is that some of them are enjoyable (for me) and other books are quite boring, but well, it also happens with modern novels, so I think it is always like that.
    I’ve read some of them from your list, and I have to say that The grapes of wrath was really good!

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