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Classics I’d Like to Read

Most of my experience with classical literature has been in an academic setting. This is a shame, because reading a book in class creates such a different type of reading experience than if you read it alone. There’s so much added discussion and insight you gain from reading a classic in school opposed to reading a book alone.

As much as I loved reading in school and knowing I was getting everything I could out of the book, I think there’s something so special about reading a classic on your own and having your own reading of it. And then being able to re-read it years later and seeing what else you can experience from it.

Admittedly, even with school, I have not read a large number of classics in my life. At school we never focused on the major classics, at University I only read a couple, and I’ve read even less on my own over the years.

So today I want to discuss some of the classical literature that I really want to read. It’s unlikely I’ll get to them too soon, but they are definitely ones that have been priorities for the past while!

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I feel like everyone and their mother (and their grandmother) has read this book already and I’m hoping on this incredibly late, but gosh darn it I want to read it! I’ve owned this book since I was seven and currently own 3+ copies and I still haven’t read it. I definitely think this will be the next Austen I read.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those books that I feel like every single American read during school, but not me. I have owned a copy of this one for a few years as well, and while I’m not 100% positive about what all this one is about, I know that it’s praised so highly in the book community and I need to get around to reading it!

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I was assigned this book to read in year 10, however I could never get into it. I actually passed the unit and received an A in my end of year exam writing about this one, so I think it’s probably about time I actually read it…

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

I studied the film adaption of this book in my year 9 English class and absolutely loved it. I started reading the book a few weeks later because my best friends class was studying it and she had a copy at her place when I was spending a weekend there, but I never got past the 50 page mark. I would really like to mark this one as read eventually!

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Little Women by Louise May Alcott

My mum bought me a copy of this book a couple of years ago when I was admiring it in a bookshop. The movie was one of my all time favourites when I was growing up and I can’t believe that I have yet to attempt to read the book. It’s definitely something I need to do!

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Every single Christmas I tell myself that I am going to finally read this book but I never end up picking up a copy (mainly because I can’t decide which one I want to own!) and then I have to wait an entire year to pick it up again… because logic. Maybe 2016 Christmas will be the year!

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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

My absolute favourite theatre production of all time is Les Miserables, and the film adaption is also one of my favourites. I will never not love this story, and I just wish I could found the patience to sit down and get through this absolute HUNKER of a book!

Have you read any of these classics before? Let me know down below, and maybe I’ll bump it up my TBR! X

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  1. I’ve read Pride and Prejudice, To Kill A Mockingbird and Jane Eyre and I loved all three, I would recommend you pick them up! I feel like the worst for not picking up Les Mis (samesies on it being my favourite theatre production!) and Animal Farm yet, I don’t feel like I’ll be an authentic Les Mis fan until I pick the Brick up.

    • That’s exactly how I feel about Les Mis. I say I’m this massive fan… but am I really if I haven’t begun to read it? I need to get on that soon. I might think about getting it on my kindle so I can just read it bit by bit over the next few years!

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