Classic Literature TBR

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One of the things you might know about me is that I haven’t read most classic books. For some reason, when I was in school we skipped over everything that most high schoolers read. With that in mind, I wanted to start trying to read more classic literature because I kind of feel like I missed out. So, today I made a little list of all the books I want to read so everyone else can add to their list if they’re like me.

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Truly, I feel like this book is a staple. I think that this book is referenced more times than I can count and I literally know nothing about it. Truthfully, I just really want to understand the references because I feel like I am missing out.

Update: I have officially read this! You can check out the first episode of Pride and Prejudice wherever you get your podcasts.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Truthfully, I read a book where the bookish main character had this as her favorite book. Ever since then, I’ve been kind of curious about this book. I honestly have no idea what this book is about, is that bad? Maybe one day I’ll be able to tell you.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The only thing I kind of know is that there’s some sort of animal takeover. Besides that, I have absolutely no idea. But, this book seems pretty short so I think that it’ll be super easy to read.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Teenage boys trapped on an island? Maybe? Are you all starting to realize that I’m not really sure about any of these books? Well, at least I am honest.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

So I heard that this book is the reason we have copyright laws. Now, I don’t know if this is true, but I honestly can’t wait to read it anyways.

Update: I have read this! Find the first episode of Fahrenheit 451 wherever you get your podcasts.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Alright, so I know that this is about Doctor Frankenstein creating life. Things I don’t know: does his monster have a name? And why are there movies where his monster has a wife? These are questions that I do not have the answer to.

I hope you all enjoyed my TBR list but please don’t tell me about them because I don’t want spoilers, even though I know that these are classics and that’s not how this works. But, please don’t tell me about any of them because I’ll be sad. Thank you all.

Update: I actually made a podcast about my classic literature reading where I go through the plot of each of the books and talk about them with a guest. So, if you like classic literature and thinking about it critically (while still keeping it fun), check out the Barely Bookish podcast by clicking here or by searching it in your podcast app.

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  1. Instead of reading all of the super famous classics in HS honors English, we read A Tale of Two Cities freshmen year. I always thought that was a unique choice–but this teacher was incredibly special. We didn’t do Romeo and Juliet–which I appreciated.

    I read Lord of the Flies on my own after college. It’s one I thought was OK but not my top classic. I think most agree these days?!

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