Hi! Today I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday @ The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was “Back to School Freebie,” so I’m pretending this list fits that theme. It was inspired by it, though, so maybe that counts? xD.
I’m completely hopeless at reading classics. It’s funny, though, because I was actually pretty good at reading them before I really got into YA. It’s not that I don’t like classics, it’s just that 1) I have to be in juuust the right mood for them 2) I have to focus a little more 3) they’re really long, and 4) I really like fantasy…
You see my problem?
5 Classics I Should Have Read By Now
1) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Why I really need to read it: Well… it’s super famous. It’s Gothic and I love Gothic literature. (Hello, Wuthering Heights!) This is when I admit that I actually made it about 75% through this book before I gave up because I hated every second of it. I LOVE Jane and her narration, but I cannot. stand. Mr. Rochester. HE NEVER SHUTS UP JUST URGGHH. That is all.
Will I ever read (finish) it? Probably. I have every intention to… someday.
2) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Why I really need to read it: It’s Dickens. Everyone is supposed to read Dickens. It’s also set during the French revolution which is a fascinating time, and a lot of people say it’s his best book.
But I’ve also heard that Dickens is somewhat… long-winded. I’ve had enough of that from Hugo, thank you very much.
Will I ever read it? Yeeees, I suppose so. *cries*
3) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Why I really need to read it: This is actually one that sounds really good to me! It sounds quite dramatic and emotionally torturous.
Will I ever read it? Yes! Eventually.
4) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Why I really need to read it: It’s Tolstoy. Everyone has to read Tolstoy. Also, it does sound really amazing, actually. And both my parents love it, which bodes well because their reading tastes are similar to mine.
Will I read it: Definitely! Just not right now.
5) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
Why I really need to read it: I LOVE Les Miserables, so I’ve been curious about this one. At the same time, though, it kind of sounds really uninteresting. Also, people seem to like it a lot less than Les Miserables. Finally, I started reading it when I was about 8 years old, and obviously I was too young to understand it. I got bored, skipped ahead to what I didn’t realize was a HANGING scene and read that. THAT i understood perfectly well, and I am still traumatized.
Will I read it? I honestly have no desire to, so probably not.
Do you like reading classics? What are some of your favorites? Or least favorites? Which ones do you really need to read?