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.
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.
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.
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.
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.