In this week’s article, I am going to reveal ten classic books that I have not gotten around to reading just yet. Yes, I am going to be embarrassed to admit most of this, but I also realize that it is pretty impossible to read everything that is on my list, especially when new and exciting books are released every day. Maybe someday…but for now, I just have a truly long list. So yes, I will most likely lose some credibility for admitting these ten books but try to cut me some slack. As an English major, I am constantly reading for class, which causes me to not always want to read for pleasure, nor do I even have the time to read for pleasure. In saying this, I own most of these books, so I don’t really have much of an excuse to not have read them.
So, without further ado, here are the ten classic books that I have not read:
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Okay, so I feel like my education just let me down on this one. I own this book, and yet, I still have not read it. I know about it, in lengthy detail, but I haven’t read it entirely yet.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Another one that most people read in high school, but for whatever reason, we didn’t. This one I am extremely embarrassed to admit, because so many people love this book. I also own it, so I will be reading it as soon as I get free time, because I am super intrigued by it.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Wow. I have read some of this, then I watched the movie, and now I am in that weird limbo where I feel like I know what happens, so I don’t have much motivation to read it. However, I own this novel, so I am going to read it eventually. I actually really enjoy the film too, so I am positive I will love the book. I do really like Jane Austen, but sometimes her writing style can be a bit hard to get through at first, because she is very descriptive.
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Another one that I am just saddened to admit that I have not read. We talk and allude to this book all of the time in my literature classes, so I feel like I know this book, but I also cannot claim to, since I haven’t read it. It’s just an intimidating size, okay? Books over 500 pages always make me hesitant.
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
I really want to read this novel, because I am fascinated with the Beat generation and the ideology depicted in their literature. I also really like Kerouac’s writing style, as The Dharma Bums is one of my favorite books. I will be reading this soon, I hope. I have heard many great things about this novel and the idea of a narrative of his journey across America is enough to almost make me go pick up my copy now. Almost.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I have started reading this novel, so I feel less bad about not having read it yet. A lot of people love this book, and while so far it hasn’t been my favorite, I am going to continue reading it. I really enjoy historical fiction and reading about World War II, so I am sure this will be interesting once I get around to finishing it.
- 1984 by George Orwell
All I have to say about this one is that I am going to be reading it this month in one of my literature classes, so yes, I have evaded one of the most influential dystopian, science fiction novels, but also, I will have read it soon enough. The premise is interesting, as I do enjoy speculative works, so I am excited to read this one.
- The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
I feel like this is a book that I should have read while I was growing up and maturing, but it is never too late to relate to a protagonist, so it is still on my list. A lot of modern literature references this text, so I am excited to begin reading it, whenever that may be. I always enjoy coming-of-age novels, as you get to experience someone finding their identity, which is so different for everyone. These types of novels also widen your perspective, which I think is one of the best aspects of art.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
As a new movie is coming out soon, I really want to read this novel soon. It has always been on my list, but pretty far down if I am honest. I like the idea of reading a novel focused on women, and their different experiences.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Another classic novel that I am very embarrassed to admit I have not read yet. From this list, you would think that I do not enjoy romance novels or female authors, but that isn’t true. I have wanted to read this novel for a long time, and I have many friends who love it, so hopefully I get around to it soon.
If you are an avid reader of modern young adult or adult fiction like I am, then you will know that it truly is an adjustment to delve into a classic novel. Our minds are not as used to reading such texts, because in daily life, we briefly skim most things and have a very different vernacular, especially compared to the dialogue in a class novel.
Beginning a classic work of literature can be a daunting task, but I hope I can slowly mark these ten novels off of my list. If you have read any of these novels and are just outraged that I haven’t read a certain one, please message me why you like it and that will hopefully give me some motivation to read it.
As always, if you want to talk all things literature or even shoot me a book recommendation, feel free to reach out to me by the email listed! Have a great week!