Attempting the Classics

I might be guilty of inundating my readers with book reviews, albeit not even regularly. Life has been busy for me lately, to the point where I didn’t have the energy to think of content other than book reviews. I simply reviewed the books I’ve been reading and I haven’t been reading that much either. So I do apologise for the lack of regular content on this blog.

I may have mentioned before that enjoy reading classics and own a lot of them, which I haven’t read yet. Some of these books are months or even years old. I bought them with the intention to read them, but I’ve put off picking them up for various reasons; work, life, too many books to review for publishers and also because I know committing to read a classic means you have to commit the time to read and finish it.

But I miss reading them. I miss alternating my reading between modern fiction and classics, so I’ve decided to personally challenge myself to read one classic every month, or every second month, for a year. The expectation I’ve set for myself might be high, but if I don’t, I won’t achieve it.

So, last week, during one particular sleepless night, I found myself browsing some online stores and ordered a few classics. I have a lot of classics already on my bookshelf, but I don’t have any Russian classic literature books on my bookshelf and that’s what I got:


Above link you can see the classics I’ve reviewed so far (I’ve read a few more that I haven’t reviewed), but the following novels are the ones I want to get to read this coming year:

  1. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
  2. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
  3. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  4. Emma, Jane Austen
  5. Persuasion, Jane Austen
  6. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
  7. Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
  8. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
  9. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  10. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  11. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  12. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  13. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  14. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  15. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  16. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  17. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  18. Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil), Charles Baudelaire
  19. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
  20. Good Wives, Louisa May Alcott

My favourite classic is The Count of Monte Cristo. What’s yours?  

Are you looking to read more classics this year or the next?

Have you read any of the classics that’s on my list to read? Or any of the russian classics I’ve ordered?

  • Nishita

    The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorites as well. It’s probably the first classic book I read.

    • I think it was one of the first I read too. I was gifted a beautiful collector’s item of the book (similar to the ones in the picture), so I think one of these days I’ll have to re-read it.

  • SO much good stuff here! Lolita is one of my all-time faves, and I also love Jane Eyre, the Austens on your list, and Anna Karenina. And War and Peace is gigantic but DEFINITELY worth it!

    • I’m glad to hear that the lengthy ones are actually worth it! Thanks for reaffirming my classics tbr list, now I know I’ve made a fairly good list 🙂

  • Ricki Treleaven

    I love that you’re reading classics. 😀

  • Shameez

    Awesome! Wuthering Heights is on my list for my next classic.

    • I think you mentioned that before! I’ll read Jane Eyre before I read Wuthering Heights though 😀

  • I struggle to find the time to read classics too. My pile of review books always seems to get bigger, not smaller, and it makes it difficult to read the books on my own shelves! Jane Eyre and Frankenstein are two of my favorites though and I think you’ll really like them. I don’t even like the male lead in Jane Eyre but Jane herself is so amazing and Charlotte Brontë’s writing is so gorgeous it doesn’t matter. Lolita is on my TBR but I think the classic I’m going to read next is The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells. It’s short and sweet, so it won’t take too much time!