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Top 10 Tuesday 2nd February

on February 2, 2021

Welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, it features a different, bookish & literary theme each week. This week the topic is….

Top 10 Books I Want To Read That Were Written Before I Was Born

I decided to make this week’s post on classics I want to read, classics I mostly even own, but haven’t yet read. I have this weird relationship with classics – I want to read them. I buy them, especially pretty versions. But the actually picking them up and opening them and reading them bit? I’m not so good at that one. They sit on my bookshelf but as of yet….are unread!

1. I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith (first published in 1948).

I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet. I have heard so many great things about this book and it seems like everyone that reads it, loves it. I’ve owned it for years. I really do need to make it a priority to read this one!

2. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (originally published in 1957).

I haven’t read a lot of Russian literature but actually what I have read, I liked. I’ve had this one for a little while (actually I have two copies of this book because I forgot I bought it and I bought another one!) and when my Pop passed away, my Nan gave me his copy of the movie.

3. The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins (originally published in 1859).

I bought this on the strength of the reviews I’d read and comments I’d heard about it. Still haven’t read it

4. The Beautiful And Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald (originally published in 1922).

Yeah to be honest, I’m not sure why I bought this? Maybe the cover (this is the version I own). I wasn’t a huge fan of The Great Gatsby but maybe I bought this before I read Gatsby. Or maybe I just wanted to give Fitzgerald another go.

5. The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë (originally published 1848).

I’ve read books by the other Brontë sisters but I haven’t read Anne yet. I also love these versions – I don’t have this version of The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall but I do have some other books in these clothbound classics and I adore them. I’d love to have more of them! I find that some classics reprints are seriously ugly and I don’t want to buy them because of that! But these pretty ones? Get them all on my shelf!

6. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (originally published in 1891).

I remember my advanced English teacher really pushed us to study this book but the students got to choose (there were only 3 of us doing the advanced portion of the course) and we ended up choosing something else. At the time I wasn’t really interested in reading this but high school was a loooong time ago now and it definitely seems a bit more interesting. Even if I don’t end up loving some of these types of books, I still want to read them to discover what it is about them, that has made them kind of stand out, pass the test of time, etc.

7. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy (originally published in 1867).

Look, this one? It’s an epic commitment. It’s so many, many pages. The print is tiny. And I’ve actually read Tolstoy before (I’ve read Anna Karenina) and while I really liked it, Tolstoy loves a tangent. And his tangents don’t just go for a page or so, they go for like, dozens of pages. And this book is probably almost twice the size. It requires a lot of concentration and mental effort I think. So it’s firmly on the “one day” pile.

8. The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck (originally published in 1939).

I’ve read very little “Great American novels” but I’ve always been curious about this one. I own it – just haven’t read it yet. Story of my life, honestly.

9. Middlemarch by George Eliot (originally published in 1871).

I actually do not own this book (first one on the list that I don’t own) but I’ve just seen this version and I have to buy it! As everyone knows, this was actually written by a woman (Mary Ann Evans) who wrote under a pen name to avoid being stereotyped as writing a fluffy, romancy book for women simply because she was a female author.

10. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (originally published in 1848).

I own an eBook of this one but I want this version! I want a whole shelf of these clothbound hardcover classics – I think they’d look so stunning together on a shelf in my new bookcase, haha.

Bonus: Bleak House by Charles Dickens (originally published in 1853).

I added this one in because I’ve never read a Charles Dickens novel. My Nan bought me David Copperfield when I was really young and it was so huge and daunting that I tried once or twice and then gave up on it. I’ve sort of been turned off Dickens ever since – I should’ve just left the book until I was much older but I wanted to read everything when I was a kid. My husband has this idea where he wants to read Dickens’ back catalogue in order but it’s really hard to find a version of the first book he wrote that isn’t ugly AF (which plays into what I said above, about not wanting to read them). A lot of Dickens books however, do come in these versions, so I think I’m going to get some of those.

Are you a classics reader? If so….have you read any of the ones here on my TBR? Let me know! Which ones should I prioritise?


23 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 2nd February

  1. The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, and Tess Of The D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy are right up there as my favourite classics. Since watching the TV adaptation, I really want to read The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins. I’ve been thinking of setting it as a buddy read in my Facebook group some time.

  2. Anne Bennett says:

    I really enjoyed The Woman in White. The author wrote the novel in installments published in a literary magazine in parts. For that reason there are a lot of cliff hangers. Loved it.

  3. readingbifrost says:

    I love classics, but Dickens does not make my reading list. I’ve loved the stories; David Copperfield was one of my favorite as a kid, but I haven’t been able to push through even one of his books.

  4. stefani says:

    I want to read Pasternak at some point, thanks for the reminder! 😀 Happy reading! My TTT https://readwithstefani.com/books-written-before-i-was-born-the-classics-edition/

  5. lydiaschoch says:

    I really ought to read The Woman in White sometime.

    My post.

  6. I’m not really a classics reader, so I’ve not read any of these! I hope you enjoy them though 🙂
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/02/02/top-ten-tuesday-301/

  7. Susan says:

    Ha ha. Same. I WANT to read classics, I just don’t actually do it, although I have read a few of these. I CAPTURE THE CASTLE is one I really liked, although it’s been so long since I read it that I don’t actually remember what it’s about! I hope you enjoy it and all these others if and when you get to them.

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

  8. I want to look into The Woman in White, The Thomas Hardy book, and Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
    Here is my post-https://paigesofbook.blogspot.com/2021/02/ten-tuesday-books-series-i-would.html.

  9. Aymee says:

    Good luck with your classics! Some are really great reads.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  10. All books I’d love to read! Except for the Fitzgerald one…I’m not a huge fan of The Great Gatsby🙊 so I’m not so keen on reading another novel from him. Not a definite no though since I might change my mind later on

  11. I’m in the same boat as you w/ Anne Bronte. But The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is my mom’s favorite book of hers — I really want to follow suit and read this one too.
    –RS

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