5 Classics I Really Should Have Read By Now // Failed attempts + childhood trauma.

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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

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Jane Eyre
I’d just like to say that I spent a really long time searching Goodreads for a pretty edition of this book, because obviously that’s all that matters to me

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.





A Tale of Two Cities2) 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*



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Frankenstein3) 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.







Anna Karenina4) 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.






The Hunchback of Notre-Dame5) 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.

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Do you like reading classics? What are some of your favorites? Or least favorites? Which ones do you really need to read?

12 thoughts on “5 Classics I Really Should Have Read By Now // Failed attempts + childhood trauma.

  1. I don’t think you have to like (or read) something just because it’s a classic. But Frankenstein is a pretty great story–creepy horror, thought provoking monster, the nature of evil…
    I agree about Mr. R. He lies and does some pretty terrible things. Not great romance material. My TTT

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  2. I’ve come to the place in my reading life where I don’t deal in “should haves” anymore. What you read shouldn’t make you feel guilty. It should make you feel good (or whatever emotion you’re going for with your book selection). Happy reading!

    eli @ the (book) supplier
    My TTT

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  3. UGH I have not read a single one of these *hides* I took medical english in high school when a lot of kids were reading these books, and I was reading things like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
    SO I did read a few on my own because I felt left out and wanted to read those books.
    I have read Gatsby, Animal Farm, 1984, Brave New World, TKAM, etc. etc. I have never read any Bronte or even Jane Austen. I AM A DISGRACE HELP ME.
    Oh by the way, Serial Reader is an app that is super helpful for reading classic literature. They deliver a snippet of the book to you each day that is only set to take up a certain amount of minutes, like 10 minutes worth of reading or something like that!!
    10/10 to that Jane Eyre cover also OMG THE HEARTS ON FRANKENSTEIN I want *drools*

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    1. That’s cool that was an option! I’d never heard about medical english being offered in hs. I haven’t read Gatsby, but it seems interesting.
      I’ve barely read any Austen. See that book in the header image?? It’s just for decoration.
      That sounds cool! I’ll have to check it out.

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  4. I recently finished The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I liked it, and even bought a scond copy after osing the original paperback whilst traveling – The tale of two cities – read that on a beach whilst on holiday 20 odd years ago. Loved it.
    Tempted by your Tolstoy book, no chance I’d ever read the other 2.

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