As an English graduate I have read my fair share of classic novels. But since graduating I've been avoiding them to some extent because I needed to cleanse my reading pallet a bit. But now I'm ready to return to the classics, and read them for fun rather than as something to analyse within an inch of it's life.
Below are the classics at the top of my to be read list. Some are books I've read before and others are books I kind of can't believe I haven't read yet.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I try to reread this one every year if I can. It is a gorgeously and kind of dangerously seductive book. It reflects it's central character accurately, being simultaneously beautiful and dark heart-ed.
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
I remember finishing this book on the bus while I was in sixth form and crying my eyes out. I'm really hoping I enjoy it as much on rereading as I did that first time I picked it up. Also, having read Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel recently (which is full of wonderful literary references) I just have to read this again ASAP.
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
I have a proper soft spot for this story of a woman's second chance at controlling her life for herself and potentially being with the man she was persuaded to turn away years ago.
First time reading:
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I watched the recent film adaptation of this over the weekend and loved it!! I can't wait to read it for myself at last. So many people love and treasure this novel and I really hope I feel the same way about it.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I've watched a play adaptation of this but never read the full novel. I'm so excited to get stuck into this dark novel full of torment and anger that sews itself into a story spanning generations.
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
I probably know the least about this one, so I'm excited to read it without too many preconceptions.
Do you have any classic novel recommendations for me? Or do you have any thoughts on my current selection? Let me know in the comments 🙂