Bookish Thinking: Classics I hope to read this year

I have been remiss over the years in reading books that are considered classics so this year I hope to read a few at least.

Now, I will admit that I said the same thing last year. Or was it the year before? I can’t remember now but I do know I said I would read more classics and didn’t, except for what I read with The Boy for school.

We read Silas Marner, Lord of the Flies, To Kill A Mockingbird, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

We are now reading The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.

On my own, though, I hope to read at least five other classics this year:

Little Women

Lilies of the Field


The Secret Garden

and something by one of the Bronte sisters. Who can give me a suggestion of which one to read?

Also, are there any other classics you would suggest for me to read this year? I’ll see if I can squeeze them in.

Have you read any of the classics I mentioned? What did you think of them?

15 thoughts on “Bookish Thinking: Classics I hope to read this year

  1. I had a “Chicago Lit” class in HS – we started “Sister Carrie” by Theodore Dreisler. The whole class hated it so much that we abandoned the book about 1/3 through. A few years later, I read “Jude the Obscure” for ‘fun’ on my own to give Dreisler another chance. I finished it, but absolutely hated it.

    I read “Les Miserables” years ago… It was an interesting story, but the book was waaay too long for the story and there were far too many uses of coincidence to keep things moving.

    I loved both “The Secret Garden” and “A Little Princess” as a kid, reading both of those multiple times

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  2. I used to love reading the classics, but lost steam with them when I ran out of ones that interested me, haha. But I agree Jane Eyre is a good one. There’s actually an upcoming retelling of it that just dropped in my inbox today. If you’re interested in books set around the French Revolution, The Scarlet Pimpernel is a fun one and probably my favorite classic. For something closer to home, I thought A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was lovely.

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  3. It’s been so long since I’ve read any classic literature. I was an English major in college so there was plenty then and when my son was in advanced placed English in high school, I read the from the same list he had to read. But, I too would suggest reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. How about The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas?

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  4. I’ve not read Lord of the Flies and Lilies of the Field. I’ve read the others-a few multiple times.
    I suggest Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte for a Bronte book.
    And a Charles Dickens novel. For example: Great Expectations, David Copperfield or Oliver Twist. His books are lengthy. His sentences are lengthy. When I read a chunkster book, I place a post it note at every 100th page. It is something simple to help motivate me. I feel an accomplishment when I read past those points.
    And possibly think about reading a John Steinbeck or Ernest Hemingway book. That way you will be familiar with their writing styles and stories.


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