Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Classic Books I Want to Read… or Re-read


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Classics — and I can see taking a few different approaches: Favorite classics already read? Classics that we want to read? Classics that everyone should read? And just what is a classic, anyway?

For me, I’m splitting my list between classics I really want to read (you know, someday) and classics that I read long ago and would really like to read again. And for purposes of this list, my definition of “classics” is pretty fluid: Older parts of the “canon”, to be sure, but also more modern works that have become cultural reference points.

Classics I want to read:

 1) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

2) One  Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

3) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

4) Cannery Road by John Steinbeck

5) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

6) The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

7) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Classics I Want to Re-Read:

1) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2) Dracula by Bram Stoker

3) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

And to round it all off: A few “classic” authors whose works I’ve never read. Must fix that ASAP! (And if you’ve have a favorite book by one of these authors, please leave me a comment with your recommendation!)

1) Agatha Christie

2) Jack London

3) Jules Verne

How do you define a classic? What classics are your favorites? And which classics are on your to-read list?

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28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Classic Books I Want to Read… or Re-read

  1. You have to read some Agatha Christie! Personally, I love her Hercule Poirot books, but any of them are good to start with. I also really need to read Treasure Island – it’s been on my bookshelf for years.

  2. I need to read more classics but I definitely need to read more Christie! I have only read ” and then there were none” and it was fantastic!

  3. I love Frankenstein, it’s one of my favourite books of all time. 😀 I read Treasure Island last year and it’s a lot of fun – I found it really easy to get through! 🙂

  4. The Woman in White & One Hundred Years of Solitude were great titles ❤ I need to get around to Truman Capote's books one of these days, the titles all sound great but yeah, just need the time 😉 Great list, hope you enjoy those books when you get to them! 😀

  5. I have to read everything single one of those as well. I also wish to re-read TKaM and have to read Frankenstein for the first time. lol Very behind on my classics. In Cold Blood, Dracula, Frankenstein will be ones coming up soon though.
    I haven’t read any of those three authors either. lol It’s easy to get sucked into reading only new books and hard as a blogger I think to devote the time and energy necessary to fully enjoy and appreciate a classic. Really want to try to do that more though.

    • Oh, me too! It is hard to carve out time for older books there’s always so much new, new, new! but I do want to make it more of a priority.

  6. That is a great list. I started Dracula last year for Halloween but never finished it. Thanks for the reminder to try again! I was completely creeped out as I was reading. Great Expectations is on my list. I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it.

    • Isn’t it funny how it can be shocking to realize that reading a classic can actually be fun? I have all these books in mind that I “should” read, but somehow I almost expect them to be a chore… and the good ones really aren’t. 🙂

  7. Sad to say, I’ve never really read Agatha Christie, Jack London, or Jules Verne either. A nicely diverse list — have fun with it! For my list I tried to choose classics you might not have heard of.

  8. The Time Machine is something I need to possibly read eventually as well. I think I’m just astonished that something that short in length can be potentially so powerful (it’s like what..roughly 100 pages?)

    On a side note, and clearly off-topic: I remembered reading about you anticipating the end of Orphan Black S02. Annnnd someone else told me to watch it…so I binged both seasons it in a week or so. And holy crap: Tatiana Maslany is incredible at what she does. (And I die each time Helena eats anything). I’m actually irked that the show doesn’t have much of a viewership…but that’s another discussion for another day haha. Sorry for the tangents!

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

    • Oh, is The Time Machine that short? No excuses, then — I have to read it!

      Tangents about Orphan Black are always welcome! 🙂 I agree, Tatiana Maslany is amazing (although I must admit to having a weak spot for Jordan Gavaris as well). And I adored the clone dance scene! Helena is a freak, but I love her anyway, gross eating and all. Amazing!

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