2016 Bookish Goals: Classics I’m Determined to Read


While I find reading challenges to be really fun, I also think if you sign up for too many or for ones that are too specific, they can end up being either very stressful or can heavily limit the kind of books you’re able to pick up throughout the year. For 2016, I chose three reading challenges that still give me a whole lot of freedom in choosing what to read, but there are also a few personal reading goals I’d like to meet in 2016. This is my second of three goal posts that will highlight a few books I want to read in 2016 without the pressure of joining a reading challenge for each. If you missed it, in 2016 Bookish Goals: Authors I’m Reading for the First Time, I named a few authors I want to finally read this year. In this post I’ll be listing classic novels I’d like to read in 2016 because for most of these, it’s just unacceptable that I haven’t read them yet. Covers linked to Goodreads.

 alt=1. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

I am in love with the BBC adaptation of this novel. If you haven’t watched it, hop on over to Netflix and prepare yourself to be swept away. But as much as I love this adaptation (I’ve seen it quite a few times), I’ve never read the novel. This year, I really want to get my hands on a copy and finally get to it.

 alt=2. A Novel by Virginia Woolf

Can you believe that I’ve never read a novel by Virginia Woolf? I regret to admit that most of the classics that I have read were written by male authors. This is a shame because I know there are so many females classic authors I’ve missed out on. Now I’m a little undecided about which of Virginia Woolf’s novels I should pick up this year. I have it narrowed down to To The Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway. If you’ve read one of these or both, I’d love to hear which one you’d recommend in the comments.

 alt=3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

I had an opportunity to read this one way back in high school, but ended up reading Kate Chopin’s The Awakening instead. I kind of a little bit regret it because I have a feeling I would have enjoyed this one more. I was ready to read this one last year, but books just kept piling up and I never got the chance.

 alt=4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

This is a book I’m going to have really strong opinions about because despite not reading it, I am aware of what it’s about and (insert here strong feelings). It is not the kind of novel that I’d typically pick up, but the fact that there are such polarizing views on its merit makes me extremely curious.

Are classics something you’d like to read more of this year? Are there any classics you’re hoping to pick up? Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear your opinion! Let me know in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books for Readers Who Like the Idea of Reading Classics…

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re listing “Ten Books For Readers Who Like _______” (choose your topic of choice). I was tempted to skip this week because I’m barely functioning mentally and after ten failed attempts (okay, more like five) to come up with a topic, I settled on (prepare yourself, it is a mouthful) Ten Books for Readers Who Like the Idea of Reading Classics But Don’t Want to Pick Up a 700 Page Book. All the classics I’m listing are under 200 pages with three exceptions.

Ten Books for Readers Who Like the Idea of Reading Classics But Don’t Want to Pick Up a 700 Page Book:

1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (277 pages)

2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (186 pages)

3. Anthem by Ayn Rand (105 pages)

4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (190 pages)

5. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (107 pages)

6. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (248 pages)

7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (198 pages)

8. Night by Elie Wiesel (109 pages)

9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (180 pages)

10. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (251 pages)

What topic did you choose this week? Leave a link to your own TTT post in the comments and I’ll be sure to visit your blog!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I Haven’t Read Yet

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a freebie. At the end of the year, I filled out a reading survey and I could not help but notice that I hadn’t read any new classics. I reread a couple, but to the best of my (somewhat reliable) memory, I didn’t pick up any new ones. So this week I’ve decided to list authors I haven’t read yet. I tried my best to list authors who are famous for more than one work, so you can suggest which book (or short-story collection) I ought to pick up. 

Top Ten Authors I Haven’t Read Yet:

1. Charles Dickens

2. Ernest Hemingway

3. Virginia Woolf

4. J.R.R. Tolkien

5. William Faulkner

6. Flannery O’Connor

7. Toni Morrison

8. H.P. Lovecraft

9. Elizabeth Gaskell

10. Aldous Huxley

Have you read these authors? Which books do you suggest I pick up?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Classics

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is “Top Ten Favorite Classic Books (however you define classic) or Top Ten Classics I Want To Read <or spin it some other way…”classics” in a specific genre?>”. Yes, the last book is kind of a cheat, but I couldn’t very well make a list like this without my Edgar Allan Poe.

Top Ten Favorite Classics:

What are some of your favorite classics?