Classics I Want to Read

Not everyone likes to read classics. Some find them boring, hard to read, etc. However, I think they are super important to literature, so I try to pick them up every once in a while. There are quite a few I hope to read during my lifetime, but here are five that I am most interested in right now.

1984 by George Orwell

This is the only classic on this list that I currently own- it’s a terrifying dystopian story that takes place in a future where you are not allowed to have your own thoughts. It is a scary world to think about, but the scariest part is that it is not entirely impossible. I have heard really amazing things about this one, and since I own it, I really have no excuse not to read it soon.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Hundreds of tv shows and movies reference this book over and over, and I never understand them. It follows four sisters and the conflicts they go through during the civil war in New England. Also, a movie is coming out at the end of this year, and I refuse to watch it until I read the book. But that probably won’t be for a while.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I’m sure you all know the story of Frankenstein, at least in basic terms. Frankenstein’s monster is a popular icon in our society. I want to read the actual story because I love gothic literature and this definitely falls under that. Plus, we are officially entering spooky season, so maybe I’ll find time to squeeze this one in.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I love the tv show that was adapted from this book. It is so good. And how cool is it that we are alive at the same time as the author of a modern classic. Atwood’s second book in this series has actually just come out as well, so I am excited to read the first one and then see where the second one takes us.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Last (but most certainly not least) is a book my friend read and adored. It is such an important story, and I absolutely need to read it. I also want to watch the movie (which I will probably do regardless of if I read the book first or not). I know I will absolutely love this book, though I have heard it deals with a lot of violence, so be aware of that going in.

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Do you like reading classics? What are some of your favorites (so that I can add them to my list!)?


16 thoughts on “Classics I Want to Read

  1. I love diversifying my reads with classics, so much so that I always try to dedicate a time of year to reading just classics. I’ve read and really enjoyed all the books you mentioned above except Frankenstein (haven’t read it), but it’s on the TBR! I hope you love them as much as I did!

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  2. I don’t always enjoy reading classics because I always feel like the story isn’t moving fast enough compared to what’s being published nowadays, but I did REALLY love The Color Purple (really recommend) and Northanger Abbey awas amazing! I really want to pick up Little Women soon, I hear it’s amazing!

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    1. Yea sometimes it takes me a really long time to get into a classic (or I get bored and just give up), which is why I didn’t include any of the longer, more dense ones on this list!

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  3. I love reading classics and I read one every once in a while (or listen to it as an audiobook, this especially helps with slower books) but I’m also careful to mix them up with ‘lighter’ and more contemporary reads so I keep enjoying them. My all time favourite is Pride and Prejudice. That’s a good list you’ve got here, enjoy!

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