Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Top Ten Classics I Can't Believe I Haven't Read Yet

If you read my blog a lot you know I live and die by the classics. I almost exclusively read them, though of course there are contemporary novels I enjoy. However, There are some classics I haven't gotten around to yet that I'm shocked I have never yet picked up. Thankfully many of them are on my list for this year's reading. :)
  1. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier- I'm so excited about reading it this year!!!
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte- Much as I don't think I'll like this book... I do think I should read it. 
  3. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell- I haven't even seen the movie yet! :(
  4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy- The size of it has scared me away for many years but everyone has to read it so therefore I must! ;)
  5. The Divine Comedy by Dante- Somehow I didn't read that in high school but that's a classic most people have read. 
  6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck- Or any other Steinbeck for that matter. He's a classic American author and whether or not he's good, I'd at least like to try one of his books.
  7. Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare- Two of Shakespeare's most famous plays and I haven't read them! However, I've read multiple children's versions of them so that's got for something right? ;) To be fair to myself, there's a lot of Shakespeare plays and I'm slowly but steadily working my way through them and I just haven't gotten around to these yet. 
  8. Moby Dick by Herman Mellvile- Whenever people talk about this book I just smile and nod because I know nothing about it except there's a whale and a captain obsessed with it... at least I think that's right? ;) How have I not read this yet?
  9. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand- A more modern classic that I put on my Classics Club list just because it was popular and I actually know nada about it. But it was popular. Great reasoning I know. ;)
  10. The Importance of being Ernest by Oscar Wilde- One of the most famous classic plays and I haven't read it! 
After reading this list I know you're wondering how you can even associate with my blog any more! Don't worry! I'm going to read them! Eventually! ;)

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30 comments:

  1. Gone with the Wind is one of those I can't believe I haven't read either. I have seen the movie though and I loved it!

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    1. I'm really looking forward to it. I've heard great things about both the book and the movie. :)

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  2. I have actually read many on your list, but I share War And Peace with you. It made my list as well, though I have no intention of reading it! ;) I think I may have more luck with Anna Karenina. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Probably better to start with Anna Karenina. I read that when I was in high school and it was very... interesting. Not sure if I liked it or not but I can see why it is a classic. :)

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  3. Rebecca and Gone With The Wind are two of my favorites- hope you have a chance to read them soon!

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    1. I'm excited to start turning the pages of those two books. :)

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  4. I was lucky that in my junior year of high school I had a fantastic English teacher and that's the year we read MacBeth. I loved it! Gone with the Wind is a good read and so much better than the movie. You must read Rebecca and then The Birds! I love Daphne du Maurier. Good luck with the rest. You can have my share of the Russians!

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    1. I think I want to read The Birds. Once I heard there was a Hitchcock movie based off it I got a little excited about it. :)

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  5. I've read Of Mice and Men for my lit class and it was pretty good and it's really short too so it's definitely worth the read. I've read a little of Macbeth so I know the plot-ish but hopefully I will get to read it properly soon. I agree with you on all the rest! A great list :3

    Here's my Top Ten

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    1. Yes, my copy looks like a pretty quick read so hopefully that will be a good introduction to Steinbeck's books. :)

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  6. I hope you enjoy Rebecca, War and Peace, The Divine Comedy, The Importance of Being Ernest, Macbeth, and Romeo & Juliet when you get to them! The two Shakespeare plays were the two tragedies that my English classes covered when I was in high school and I had good memories studying both; had some iconic dialogue and everything :)

    My TTT

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    1. I'm excited about them all! I've really grown to appreciate Shakespeare more in the last few years.

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  7. I can't believe you haven't read The Importance of Being Earnest!! LOL It's the only one out all those I have read..I love it it's so silly and fun..lol.

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    1. I've seen a film version of it and loved it (not the Colin Firth one that's so popular... I'll watch that after I read the play) so I'm excited to read it.

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    2. I have seen the other film version as well as the Colin Firth one (that one is just better cause I love Colin Firth..lol) We had to read the play in one of my college courses is probably the only reason I actually read it to begin with but it made me want to look into more things from Oscar Wilde.

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    3. I think I'd like the Colin Firth one, I've heard good things about it.

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  8. I read REBECCA with my book group last fall. I loved it but not all did. GONE WITH THE WIND, a long time ago I read that one.

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    1. I've seen the Hitchcock film so I know the gist of the story but I also know that they differ in some aspects so I'm intrigued. :)

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  9. You have some great reads on your list. I love Oscar Wilde and really enjoyed Rebecca, so I hope you do to. I must admit that I also have not read War and Peace... even though I was a Russian studies major. I'll happen one of these days!

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    1. How can you get away without reading War and Peace and yet be a Russian studies major?!?! ;)
      Just kidding. :)
      I don't blame you. That book is one of the longest I've seen.

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  10. I loved and am planning to re-read Rebecca. The Importance of Being Earnest is on my TBR for this year as well. GWTW is one of the first movies I every saw! My mom borrowed or rented a TV (we didn't have one at the time) and let me stay up late 2 nights in a row so we could watch it on TV. :) The book is wonderful - I've read it twice. Wuthering Heights is a strange one. The MCs are rather horrible, but the writing is gorgeous! The Brontes had very strange ideas of romance. :/

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    1. I couldn't agree more... The Brontes truly have strange ideas of romance. From what I've heard about Wuthering Heights, I don't think I'll like it for that reason, but beautiful writing will always appeal to me so maybe it will redeem itself slightly. :)

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  11. wow. Believe it or not, I am a book lover and I've heard of some of these books but there were a few I had never of like "Rebecca." I have watched "Gone With The Wind" more times than I can keep up with, but never really picked up the book. I have heard the movie is pretty accurate to the book. It's on my list of top 10 favorite movies. There have been a few books I suppose are classics that I have struggled with over the years, try to get more involved in the book, and find myself bored silly. Example: (this may not even be considered a classic) "Mrs. Dalloway" by Virginia Woolf.
    "Wuthering Heights" is like that for me as well. I would like to read Dante. For the most part, the books I read have become major motion pictures, such as "Gone Girl", "The Deep End of the Ocean," "We Were the Mulvaneys", and "Gone Baby Gone." I did watch "The Great Gatsby" at theaters before I read the book and it was very accurate to the book in my opinion and I enjoyed the book very much. Good luck on getting through all these. I'll be sure to check back on any reviews you give.

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    1. Thanks. :) There's a film version that Hitchcock did of Rebecca that I think is pretty good but I know is somewhat different (not sure how much yet).
      I'm not sure how we missed watching Gone with the Wind growing up but I'm interested to watch it after I read it. :)

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  12. I read Romeo and Juliet for the first time only last year, don't worry about it! ;)

    My TTT: http://frannieinthepages.blogspot.it/2015/02/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-i-cant.html

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  13. OH I must make a recommendation for East of Eden for your Steinbeck choice. Of Mice and Men isn't bad and it IS short but East of Eden had such amazing characters and deep thoughts in such a page-turning OMG "this is SO great" kind of way! And I am one of those that read TOO much Steinbeck and was quite resistance to East of Eden. My two cents, anyway.
    Rebecca is a wonderful read-and-then-see-movie. So is GWtW, of course.
    You've certainly got some challenges here!

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    1. East of Eden is also on my Classics Club list so I'll definitely be reading it sometime in the future. Your review makes me lean towards reading it first before Of Mice and Men but we'll see. :)

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  14. Hmm, I have to read a lot of those, as well!

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