top ten tuesday: classics to read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

July 1: Top ten Classics I want to read

This is a GREAT challenge list for me (no, really!). If you read this blog you’ll know I’m not a big fan of the Classics, not necessarily because I don’t want to read them but because I just can’t seem to buckle down and actually do it, not when there are all sorts of shiny new books coming at me every year! But really I feel like I have no valid excuse or reason not to read Classics, especially these that I’ve been curious about for years. In no particular order:


The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess


Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Honorable MentionsThe Feminine Mystique (Friedan), Slaughterhouse-Five (Vonnegut), The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck), The Metamorphosis (Kafka), As I Lay Dying (Faulkner),
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Joyce), Walden (Thoreau), Invisible Man (Ellison).

What are your favorite Classics? What Classics do you want to read?

12 thoughts on “top ten tuesday: classics to read

  1. I’m pretty much like you!
    I must read Slaughterhouse Five,Metamorphorsis,A Clockwork Orange,As I Lay Dying and The Bell Jar.
    The Picture of Dorian Gray is superb,while Frankenstein is well…not bad. 🙂

  2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was sappy joy for me. That was a long time ago. I love classics and I’ll use this list to guide me. Got to become more of a reader (for fun!)

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