I participate in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week the theme is Top Ten Classics I Want to Read. I picked a mix of modern classics, older classics and children’s classics. I’m a little behind on my 2014 Classics Challenge so hopefully this will inspire me to pick them up again.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1861) because I loved the BBC mini series when it aired back in 2011, but for some reason I still haven’t read the book. I won a book cover poster of the Penguin English Library edition of Great Expectations and I feel like a hipster having it in my room when I’ve not yet read it. I must do so this year!
Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy (1882) because I bought a lovely edition from Any Amount of Books, the secondhand bookshop on Charing Cross Road. I’m looking forward to reading all about the romance between Lady Constantine and Swithin St. Cleeve.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence (1928) because I want to see why it’s a banned book!
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1989) because I picked it up when I wasn’t quite in the mood for it, so I need to start again! I was enjoying it so far though, but not much had happened!
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925) because I haven’t yet read a novel by her and I was given The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury for Christmas.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (1943) because it sounds like the perfect coming-of-age novel and it’s been on my TBR for a while now.
Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer (1969) because it’s coming up to the centenary of the First World War. I really want to read more children’s stories about WWI because there doesn’t seem to be many of them, sadly.
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (1973) because it sounds beautiful and wintry. It was the first Vintage Children’s Classic that I bought.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1968) because this is a must-read classic. The adaptation is on Netflix, but I can’t watch it until I’ve read the book!
And many, many more! I have 150 out of copyright classics alone on my Kindle, a wishlist of modern classics and a bunch of children’s classics on my bookshelves! Which other classics must I read? (You can see all the classics I’ve reviewed on Pretty Books here!).