Friday, September 7, 2012

Which Classic Novels Do You Want to Read?

I consider myself a fairly well read person as I've been an avid reader all my life. I've had the honor to read a wide array of books from various genres. 

Even though, I've read several books considered to be "classics" for literature courses in both high school and college (as well as for my own reading enjoyment), I'm still amazed at the long list of classics I have yet to read. 

After careful thought and consideration, I made a short list of classics novels that I haven't read and would eventually like to read in the near future. 

I narrowed down this list even further and have chosen my top three picks of classic novels I'd like to read most. The titles are as follows:

1) The Grapes of Wrath by Thomas Steinbeck 

I adore Steinbeck's writing. This book is sitting on my bookshelf now begging to be read, but I have been putting it off for various reasons. It's time to move this novel up the list of books to be read.

2) Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

I've tried three times to read this novel over the years, but never seem to be able to finish reading it for whatever reason. I'd like to try reading it again. This time from start to finish just to see how what it's all about and for a sense of completion.

3) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

I was a Russian language major in college, but never got around to reading this classic novel. I love reading Russian literature, but for some reason (unknown to me) I've always been intimidated by the length of Anna Karenina. It's not like I don't read lengthy novels, but this book is one I've always shied away from reading due to its length. I'm determined to read this book once and for all. The storyline sounds good, so I'm sure I'll be in for quite an adventure with this one.

So, which classic novels have you yet to read that are on your list of books to read?


  1. Oh boy! Don't get me started!

    War and Peace
    Grapes of Wrath
    Huckleberry Finn
    Passage to India

    Man... I have a whole shelf chock full of classic novels which are just waiting for me to pick them up and read them! So far I've read:

    Little Women
    War of the Worlds
    The Picture of Dorian Gray
    Old Man and the Sea
    Red Dog
    Fahrenheit 451
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Day of the Triffids

    And I'm reading 'Dandelion Wine' at the moment. :D

    So, I'm going well thus far in my Classics reading...

    1. Great list of classics!! Sounds like you've been reading a lot of them lately. Good for you!! :-)

  2. Right now, I'm reading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I've been trying to catch up on reading them, and have read several. It took me three tries to finally get through Anna Karenina, but it was worth it. Two od the ones I've really enjoyed are A Tale of Two Cities and Les Miserables, although the latter bogged down in places.

    People had more time to read and to write a long time ago. Now, authors have to get the plot started right away and keep it moving to hold our interest. Reading the classics is more leisurely; you can take your time to get into the story.

    1. Oh, I haven't read The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas yet. So, here's another book to add to my ever growing list of books to read!

      I also want to read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens as well.

      So many books to read, so little time!

  3. The other day, Mum was out at Aldi and bought me the complete collection of Oscar Wilde! How cool is that? She also bought me some chocolate coated raisins & cranberries (all in one box) and raisin bread too - all because I have a cold and she thought I could be spoiled a little. :D

    Dontcha just love Mums when they do that? :D

    1. Mom's are special for sure!! It sounds like Loey is a wonderful mother indeed.

      My mom & I are extremely close and she does a lot of special things for me too.