Well the first half of 2014 is now officially over and we’re into the second half! Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly bookish feature created and hosted by the girls over at The Broke & the Bookish. This week the topic is Classics but you can kind of twist it anyway you want. I have a love/hate relationship with the classics. On one hand – these are the books that have apparently stood the test of time over a generation or more. On the other hand, what I have read I usually don’t love. That doesn’t stop me from wanting to read more of them. In fact I signed up with a challenge in order to do just that. I’m failing abysmally at that though so….for this week my topic is:
Top 10 Classics I Still Haven’t Read Yet
- The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. Anne is the only sister I am still yet to try although to be honest, I have zero love for Wuthering Heights (in fact I hate that book with a fiery passion) and although I didn’t mind Jane Eyre I don’t have the sort of love and devotion for it that others do. I do have a copy of this one on my shelf though and I keep meaning to pick it up.
- North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Actually, I’ve never read any of Gaskell’s books although I do own three of them. I have been urged to read this one and watch the adaptation with Richard Armitage which is apparently pretty good.
- The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins. I’ve been meaning to read this one for so long! There’s been read-a-longs everywhere on the internetz for it but somehow I’ve never quite managed to get there. It does seem to be pretty universally well-liked though. One day!
- The Portrait Of A Lady by Henry James. I actually started this last year I think it was and got about….I don’t know maybe 100p into it? I didn’t mind it although to be honest, nothing much was really happening but somehow I got distracted by other books and this one still sits on my bedside table with the bookmark still at the same spot.
- Tess Of The D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. So when I was in my final year of school, I did extension (advanced) English and the teacher really, really pushed us to choose this text to study. There were only three of us in the class, one of which was really vocal against studying it so we ended up choosing other things. It’s been referenced in books I’ve read in recent years, enough to make me curious. Although apparently not curious enough to actually pick it up and read it.
- Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I don’t know why I haven’t read this, it’s like, almost 0 pages and I own a really pretty edition.
- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. I was curious enough about this one to buy two different copies in the same week, not realising I’d already purchased the first one! Actually, my cable classic movie channel is showing some great movies this month (Gone With The Wind, etc) and Doctor Zhivago is one of them. Might be a great opportunity to finally read the book and then watch the movie when it airs.
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I don’t even own a copy of this one. Actually this is the first book on my list that I don’t own a copy of. Going to have to rectify that at some stage. I definitely do want to read this one. Ugh why are there so many books and so little time to read them all?!
- On The Road by Jack Kerouac. How have I not read this?! I don’t even know.
- War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy. My first foray into Tolstoy and Russian literature went well. I read Anna Karenina and really liked it. I’ve been tempted by War & Peace but to be honest it’s mostly the size that puts me off. It’s ginormous. And I have to be really in the mood for something that big and totally not distracted by anything else. And that pretty much never happens.
So these are the 10 Classics I can’t really believe that I haven’t read. Have you read any? Is there anything on there that I absolutely must get to ASAP? Let me know!