By: Cait Marie
Because I’m still relatively new to the book world, there is so much I haven’t read. My TBR pile is infinitely growing with new books, but there are also a lot of older books that I have never read and want to.
So, here are ten “classics” that I want to read:
1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Anyone who knows me knows I love Pride and Prejudice. It’s one of my absolute favorite movies of all-time, and I have seen it so much that I can pretty much quote every word. I even bought the soundtrack. However, I have never read the book. I’ve started it multiple times, and I own two copies, but I have never made it all the way through. I have a whole box set of Austen books and it’s the only one I have even picked up.
2. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
I have been obsessed with The Lord of the Rings since I was about 12 years old (or whenever the movies came out). Apparently, I lived under a rock or something because I didn’t know about this series until then. This is arguably my second favorite movie series ever, and, again, it’s something I can quote most of. I have never read the books, though. I started The Hobbit, but at the time I struggled with the amount of details in the fantasy. I am getting more into fantasy, so I plan on trying again in the future.
3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I have zero excuses for this one as well. I own a large volume with most, if not all, of the stories in it, and I have had it for years.
4. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
I love the 1920s. I love New York. I love the movie. I own the book. I have never finished the book.
5. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
Along with the Jane Austen books, I just feel like this needs to happen. I love the time period and the story (if I’m thinking correctly). There are many Brontë books I want to read.
6. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
I have always heard that this is a must-read. I know the gist of the story, and I know it’s heartbreaking, so I need to just do it.
7. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Honestly, I don’t know much about this one. However, it sounds like something I’d love. 19th century England, forbidden romance… Sounds perfect.
8. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
A tragic, epic story set in 19th century Russia should not be surprising on this list after the last book. This book is intimidating, but it has been on my list for quite some time.
9. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
My cousin left a copy of this book at my house over 10 years ago, insisting I read it. This is probably the one I get the most shame for not reading. People are always shocked and disappointed that I haven’t read this book, so naturally it has to be on the list.
10. Macbeth – William Shakespeare
I’ve never read a full-length Shakespeare novel, but I did read bits and pieces of a couple in high school and actually loved them. This is just one that I want to read all of!