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!
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.
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!
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…
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!
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!
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!
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