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:
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- Dracula by Bram Stoker (a re-read, but it’s been enough years that it’ll probably feel new to me)
- A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
- The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
- The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells
- Peony by Pearl S. Buck
- Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott (or really, anything by this author besides the Little Women trilogy, which I’ve read)
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
- 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!
30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: A TTT Freebie — 10 classics on my TBR list”
I’ve never read Eight Cousins. In fact, I didn’t even know it existed. Hope it’s good! Now I want to read it, too. 🙂
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I’m pretty sure I read a Eight Cousins and a few others when I was a kid, but I really don’t remember anything about them!
I don’t think I’ve read a single one of these! I hope you post reviews or reactions. I don’t add a whole lot of classics to my tbr.
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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.
Great list! I Capture the Castle and Dracula are two I still need to get to, too. Jamaica Inn is really fun–I recommend reading it in December as it’s set over Christmas!
I had a hard time deciding on Jamaica Inn — I have at least three Daphne Du Maurier books that I want to read!
Oh Dracula!!!!! I adore that this book is on your list.
My TTT: https://ichlese.blog/2020/07/28/top-ten-tuesday-my-favorite-seasonal-book-movie-sustenance-pairings/.
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. 🙂
I haven’t read Eight Cousins in a while, but it is classic LMM. I picked up her book At the Altar recently.
I am writing about cozy mysteries today at https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/07/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-reasons-i-like.html
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.
I quite liked David Copperfield and Dracula! I hope you will get to them all at some point!
I read a few Dickens books over the past couple of years, so I’m looking forward to David Copperfield too!
I love that you include classics on your TBR. I should really do that.
There are so many classics that I’ve been meaning to get to, and it’s actually usually fun once I get started!
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 have read Dracula and I Capture the Castle, both very good!
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…
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.
I recently read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and I for sure want to read more from her.
Here’s my TTT if you want to take a look https://readwithstefani.com/10-books-i-want-to-read-by-the-end-of-2020/
Rebecca is the only one of her books that I’ve read, but I really do want to read more (and I have at least three on my bookshelves!)
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.
My Cousin Rachel is one of the ones I really want to read, along with Jamaica Inn and The House on the Strand.
A bunch of these are on my TBR too! I especially need to read The Island of Dr. Moreau. I’ve been promising to read that for years.
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. 🙂
I really can’t day I’ve read many classics. I probably should.
Here’s my TTT
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.
I love the list you made!
Thanks! It was a fun one. 🙂