Top Ten / Classics I Want to Read

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.

Top Ten / Classics I Want to Read

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!

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham (1957) because I loved The Day of the Triffids. I also own The Chrysalids, but I haven’t read that yet either. All of his books sound wonderfully odd.

Top Ten / Classics I Want to Read

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!).

30 thoughts on “Top Ten / Classics I Want to Read

  1. I loved both, Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Mrs Dalloway, I hope you enjoy them as well.
    I can’t wait to read The remains of the day, have you seen the movie?

    Lorena ❤

  2. These are all really good. My favorite is, “The Remains of the Day.”

  3. I loved Great Expectations and Little Women. Some great classics!

  4. I’ve read Little Women twice, which is not normal for me as it’s a classic and it’s huge, but that’s just a testament to how much I adore it. It’s a beautiful book and I’d definitely recommend it! 🙂

  5. Midwich Cuckoos is next on my list of Wyndhams to read. My boyfriend just read Plan for Chaos which was published after his death, so he’s now ahead of me on Windy reading! Great Expectations made it onto my list.

  6. Dark is Rising looks good, I’ll have to check it out! Great Expectations is wonderful, and I love all the adaptations for Thomas Hardy’s books but haven’t read any…should get on that. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on Little Women — I personally preferred adaptations to the actual book (which is odd).

  7. Of these i’ve ony read The Midwich Cuckoos, and i would recommend it ENTIRELY. Wyndham is a wonderful author. Read it, read it!

  8. Don’t be a hipster! Get to Great Expectations! I hated it in high school-absolutely loved it when I reread it.

    I also loved the Dark is Rising. I have those on my mind to reread soon.

  9. You will love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! Definitely a book for bookish people

  10. The Dark is Rising is a great book. It is indeed very wintery, and quite fantastical. I hope you get round to reading these books. It often feels like there are too many classics to ever read all the greats!

  11. Charlotte Sometimes is brilliant, as is Little Women. I loved Great Expectations too, and the Midwich Cuckoos is spookily weird and completely gripping. Enjoy them!

  12. The Remains of the Day is quite the slow boil, but ultimately it’s very much worth it. It’s among my favourite books!

  13. Great Expectations is really good, another AMAZING book by Charles Dickens is A Tale of Two Cities (this is easily my favorite book of all time, the plot is SO FANTASTIC!)

  14. TheBookishOwl

    Little Women is a fantastic read. It’s quite lengthy but the story is amazing. DO NOT SHIP JAURIE!!!!!! I tried reading Dickens a while ago but I was too young for his books. I might try again this July, haha. 🙂

  15. I really, really, really, want to read Mrs. Dalloway but I keep pushing it deeper into my TBR…

  16. I read Little Women this year and loved it! A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Great Expectations are also on my list of classics to read this year.

  17. It is indeed very wintery, and quite fantastical. I hope you get round to reading these books

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