Classics I want to read


I decided to have a perusal at the “Popular Classics Books” list on Goodreads and was amazed to find how many books I had marked as “to-read”. I always say that I’m not a classics girl, but I have only read a few, so I can’t really make an assumption like that just yet.

Going through this list, I would have classed a lot of these as “modern classics”, so I did some more internet searching, and found this list that also had these books too. I mean the word “classics” is still in there, right, so it must count 😋

In this post, I’m featuring 24 of the book I’d like to read, but I’ll only talk about why I want to read a select few, so don’t worry, this post isn’t going to be the longest thing you’ve ever read, don’t worry.


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The Picture of Dorian Gray has been on my list forever by this point. I bought it in the lovely Clothbound Classics Edition to push me to read it, but I still haven’t read it! Soon Zuky, soon.

I bought myself The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde a long time ago now, because I love horror, and this is such a reknowned horror novella, but I still haven’t got round to reading it yet!

I have actually already read Tess of the D’Urbervilles, we studied it at school, but I’d like to give it a reread because I didn’t focus on it that much first time round… it was school, of course I wasn’t going to actively enjoy the book.

I’ve heard Lord of The Flies is so disturbing and brutal, its sounds exactly like the kind of book I’ll want to read, even if it does leave me feeling disturbed.

My mum keeps banging on about The Metamorphosis and how good it is, so this one is a must read for me soon!



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I recently bought myself a really cool copy of The Turn of the Screw so that is on my list to read soon!

The Handmaid’s Tale is such a popular book and everyone has something good to say about it, it’s it’s definitely one of those “books to read before you die”.

I watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest ages ago and bawled my eyes out at it. I’m scared at how damaged the book is going to make me but I definitely want to read it!

Another appearance for Kafka here. I’ve already got The Trial on my Kindle, but I’m worried it’s going to be so above my intellect range that I won’t get it… hence not having read it yet…

The movie version of A Clockwork Orange is amazing and I’ve heard the book is even better so it’s definitely on my list to read, hopefully soon, too.

There we have it, those are most, if not all, the Classics I want to read. Modern or not, all these books have garnered massive followings in the book world so I think they’re all deserving of the “Classics” title.

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear what you think about them!

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38 Replies to “Classics I want to read”

  1. Dorian Gray, whilst good and beautifully worded (Wilde only knpws how to word things with flawless beauty) it didn’t bowl me over.

    Clockwork Orange, from what I remember is written in a nonsense language 😂 or more probably slang.

    Would highly recommend Sherlock Holmes, Poirot or pretty much ANYTHING by the great Jules Verne. Some of my fondest times spent reading were with Jules Verne novels.

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  2. I’ve read Dorian Gray, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Lord of the Flies. All three are absolutely marvelous! Dorian Gray is a fascinating read! The language is extremely poetic and lyrical, matching the character Dorian Gray himself. But as he becomes more dark and twisted, so does the language. Wilde did a splendid job! One of my final papers in undergrad was on this book and I would definitely read it again. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is also well done, but I preferred Dorian Gray. Lord of the Flies is remarkable and very dark – it shows the absolute worst parts of humanity; rather than people rising up to defend on another, it becomes a sort of Battle Royale, where people only care for themselves. If you end up liking Dorian Gray and LOTF, I highly suggest Mary Shelleys Frankenstein if you haven’t read it yet. 🙂

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    1. I’m really looking forward to Dorian Gray! So many people love it and say it’s beautifully written, just like yourself. I’m looking forward to LOTF too, my mum always says how much is disturbed her when she read it as an adult over when she read it as a child. Frankenstein is also on my list to read! 😋

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  3. So many great classics in this list. I think a good start would be Animal Farm. It is short, easy to read, and very relevant to the world today.

    I am slowly reading East of Eden right now. It’s a long one but really loving it so far!

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  4. Oops cut myself off lol. Was going to say that Lord of the Flies and a Handmaid’s Tale are both fantastic dystopian tales.

    Dorian Grey was beautifully written but I found it disappointing because it was more flowery than I expected. I had thought it would be darker.

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  5. Heey this us a great list! I think that The Trial and Lord of the Flies was a teensy bland for my taste when I read them but Dorian Gray is a book I keep wanting to read the more I hear about it! :p

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  6. This is a great list! I feel like there are so many classics I missed out on in school that I need to read. East of Eden is my favorite book of all time. It is a MASTERPIECE. It took a while for me to get through, but man, was it worth it. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Little Women were both favorites of mine growing up. The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, and Animal Farm are all some of my favorite classics, too. The Metamorphasis is one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read. I also need to get to Dorian Gray!

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  7. Ghese are all great picks! I loved Dorian Gray, and 1984 is definitely one of my faves.

    I enjoyed most of Clockwork Orange, but I thought the end was a little disappointing. I haven’t seen the movie, but I’ve heard it ends in a much better spot.

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  8. I’ve recently read Dorian Gray for uni and I never expected to like it as much as I did! I still want to read 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 as well because my old English teacher kept saying how mucj she loved those 😂

    And I had to read The Metamorphosis for German class back in high school and I hated it. But my opinion doesn’t really count because I hated German and I hated every single book I ever had to read for that class sooo *shrugs* 😅

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  9. I read Lord of the Flies in english this year and was a bit underwhelmed to be honest. I probably would have had a better time if I was reading it at my own speed and not for class, but we listened to the audio book basically the whole time and I was almost falling asleep 😑 I hope you have a better experience reading it than I did!

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    1. Thank you. Yes, that’s why I was to read Tess of the D’Urbervilles again, because reading it for school was OK, but I think I could enjoy it more if I wasn’t analysing every single part of it for an essay 🙂

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      1. Well, at least it’s written very nicely? Even at age 16 I thought the prose was stunning. Very easily readable and a nice feel overall, I just… couldn’t accept that a guy got turned into a roach xD

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  10. Some great books in that list.. but like some other people who commented, Lord of the Flies left me a bit wanting as well… I mean, yes, the underlying idea and theme is of course brutal.. the aspect of power being abused, etc… but I think I rated it 3 stars or something like that… Dracula, I enjoyed a lot… Fahrenheit 451 was decent and I’m yet to try Clockwork Orange! 🙂

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  11. There are some really good classics on this list. I think my favourite out of your list is Of Mice and Men. It’s a short one, but it definitely packs a punch. I also enjoyed Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (I even wrote a paper on it at Uni!) and the Picture of Dorian Gray.

    I also want to read a couple of classics on this list, especially Slaughterhouse 5 because I haven’t read anything by Kurt Vonnegut yet.


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