Top Ten Tuesday: A TTT Freebie — 10 classics on my TBR list

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s is a freebie week, meaning we all come up with our own TTT topics.

I thought I’d return to an oldie but goodie — classic reads that I still need to get to. My list of to-read classics changes all the time, but for right now, these are the ten classics that I’d most like to read:

  1. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  2. Dracula by Bram Stoker (a re-read, but it’s been enough years that it’ll probably feel new to me)
  3. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
  4. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
  5. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  6. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells
  7. Peony by Pearl S. Buck
  8. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott (or really, anything by this author besides the Little Women trilogy, which I’ve read)
  9. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  10. Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier

After putting this list together, it occurs to me that it’s weighted toward male authors, which doesn’t make me happy — so this whole topic may need further thought! Or a follow-up post, at the very least.

Have you read any of these books, and if so, which do you recommend?

What did you write about for this week’s TTT? Please share your links!

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30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: A TTT Freebie — 10 classics on my TBR list

    • Well, when/if I read them, I’ll definitely share some thoughts! I try to read a few classics every year, but it doesn’t always work out.

    • It’s been such a long time since I’ve read it, but it was referenced in another book I read recently, which got me thinking about it again. 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing your link! I read a bunch of Louisa May Alcott books as a kid, but I’ve forgotten almost everything about them except a few character names, so it should be fun to revisit.

  1. I went through a phase of reading a lot of Somerset Maugham’s work and I *still* haven’t read The Painted Veil – though I really want to! I love the film and its use of Satie’s Gnossienne Nr.1 😊

    • I don’t think I’ve read any of his work! But I did love the movie version of The painted Veil and have been wanting to read the book ever since.

    • I’ve had a copy of I Capture the Castle for years now — I keep throwing it in my suitcase when I travel, and then end up not reading it. One of these days…

  2. I always like to occasionally read a classic that I missed in my younger years. Which are more than a few. I think my next might be Wuthering Heights or.. Anna Karenina. I’m not sure if you listen to audio but the full cast Dracula audio on audible was pretty fantastic!

    • Thanks for the recommendation! I haven’t always loved the full cast audiobooks I’ve listened to, but maybe I’ll check this one out.

  3. What a great list! I need to read more Daphne du Maurier. I read a great biography about her but of her books I’ve only read My Cousin Rachel. I would also love to read A Passage to India someday.

    • I especially want to read The Island of Dr Moreau after reading a really fun fantasy trilogy where a creation of Dr. Moreau’s is a main character. 🙂

    • Every so often, I like to pick up a classic in between other books. Especially since discovering the Serial Reader app, which makes it easy to read in little installments.

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