So recently I have really been in the mood to read classics. I know my blog mostly focuses around fantasy and YA books, but I really do enjoy reading classics, they just take me a while to read, therefore I am intimidated by them. Originally I wanted to do a post about my favourite classics, but I realise I haven’t really read enough of them that I love to write that without seeming incredibly basic (my favourites are mostly just Jane Austen and Bronte books). So I’ve decided to instead write about some classics that I really want to read soon. Some of these are part of my personal collection, and some are just ones I have had my eye on for a while. Either way, I’m excited about these and I really wanted to feature them somewhere.
1: Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Many years ago, I saw a fantastic theatre production of this book and adored it. Soon after, I bought the book….and never read it. Now that I’ve forgotten many of the the details of the story I feel like it may be a good time to read it. I want to branch out with the authors that I’m reading and I feel as if Thomas Hardy has the potential to be a favourite, based on what his books seem to be about and what I’ve seen of his writing style. Far From The Madding Crowd feels like a good place to start, as I am both intrigued by and familiar with the story.
2: Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim
This is one that I don’t own, and to be honest don’t know much about, but I saw it recently and was interested in it. As far as I know, this is a semi-autobiographical novel about the author’s own garden, and I’m just really obsessed with anything about gardens? I don’t garden or anything, I just love reading about it, both the act of gardening and the aesthetic. I really would like to buy this and read it, because it sounds like something I could really love, and the Penguin English Library Edition is stunning.
3: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
This is a book I’m especially keen to read, because I love the Bronte sisters – their books are good and they are also just fascinating as people. Anne, I feel is often the lesser known sister, but I have a place in my heart for her, because Agnes Grey was probably the first classic I ever read, and I really love that book a lot, as it carries so much nostalgia. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall seems to me to be a lot darker, and heavier, and I’m excited to get to it. Hopefully I will love as much as, if not more than, Anne’s other book
4: Villette/Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
I’m grouping these two together simply because they are both by the same author. I really like Jane Eyre, although its been a long time since I read it (maybe I’m due for a reread?). My main goal is to finish reading Charlotte’s books. I tried to read The Professor, but it wasn’t really for me, and I very much disliked the main character. However, I am still very interested in reading these books, especially Shirley. I’ve seen some people say they prefer these books to the massively popular Jane Eyre, and that makes me even more excited to read them.
5: Zofloya by Charlotte Dacre
This is a book that I bought a few years ago after seeing a display of gothic female authors (many of which were not well known). This intrigued me because it is said to be about an anti-heroine, and I really like reading about a morally grey character. Besides that, my knowledge of this book is rather limited, and seeing as it is not a well known or particularly popular classic, I have no idea what my opinions on this shall be. Nevertheless, I am interested to read it, and it isn’t too long, so hopefully it will be a pleasant read.
6: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
This is obviously an extremely famous book, so to have not read it is kind of embarrassing. I studied this book a little when I was younger, but we never read the full novel, and I’m intrigued by it. I don’t know if this will be exactly what I like to read in classics, but I own it and I feel like it’s such a well known book and story and piece of media in general, that I need to read this and form my own opinion of it.
7: The Egoist by George Meredith
This is one that I don’t own, but am interested in. I have heard that it can be quite hard to read but the story to me sounds fascinating and I really do want to give this a try. It is about a self-centred man who’s selfishness makes him clueless to the feelings of others, and the woman he is to marry, and the woman who loves him. I think this has commentary on class and social situations, so I’m hoping this might give me some Jane Austen vibes.
8: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackary
This book is very long, which intimidates me, as even the average classic can take me a while to read. It’s something I need to try and overcome because I feel as if by avoiding long books, I am missing out on a lot. This follows two women, one who is attempting to social climb, and another is very naive and pampered. Their relationship I think will be interesting to read about, and I want to explore different authors and get a taste of different writing styles.
Those are all the classics I want to read! Maybe I will try to read the majority before the year is up, though I’m not going to pressure myself to read something if I’m not in the mood. What are your thoughts on any of these! Do you read classics or are they as intimidating for you as they are for me? Let me know!