Top Ten - Classics I Can't Believe I Haven't Read!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Top Ten is the weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we showcase our top ten books in a certain category. This week, we're supposed to list the top ten books we can't believe we haven't read from ______ genre. And classics are always a fun thing to list! In this go around, I'll be listing both regular classics and contemporary classics. Here we go!
 
 

10.)  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
 
You've all probably seen this on my blog recently, but this is definitely one  that I've been wanting to read for a long time. It first caught my attention when I was fourteen and here it is, ten years later, and I still haven't managed to pick it up!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9) Emma by Jane Austen
 
I've read the customary Pride and Prejudice, but I've never read this other book, which I hear so many praises about. I've heard that Emma is definitely a likable character and I'm eager to see how it measures up to everyone's words.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 8.) The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
 
I read all the Sherlock Holmes short stories when I took a crime lit class in college, but I didn't have to read any of the novels. I intended to get to them, but classes and assignments and everything got in the way, so I didn't have the time to pick it up. I hope to finally get around to them eventually, though!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
 
Oddly enough, my class in high school didn't require us to read ANY Mark Twain. Weird, right? Anywho, I know there are several books that could've fallen on here with Mark Twain, but this was the first that came to mind. I hardly feel like a real American not having read them!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


6.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
 
This is one of the modern classics that I'd really like to get to read at some point. I've never seen the movie either, but I'm waiting to watch it until I read it. I've heard some great things, so I don't know why I've waited so long to get to it!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
With all the popularity this book got after the new movie came out, this was definitely on my radar again. So many people love it and I'm always ashamed to say that I've never read it. I hope to get to it eventually!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
 
I never got to read this novel because I was in the junior class that ended up reading The Crucible instead. While I loved The Crucible, I always wanted to get to chance to read this one, too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3.) Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
 
This one was a book that I don't think any of the people in my school had to read. Other schools in our area, though, had to read it and I hear from my good friend that it was a good story. It's been on my bookshelf for quite a while, too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
 
This was another incident in when the separate classes in my school read different books. I never got to read this book, but I've heard it's absolutely beautiful and a great story about what it really means to be human. Can't wait to read it!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.) Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
 
This is a good example of even a classic children's book I haven't read! There are quite a few I could've chosen from that category, too, but this was the first to come to mind. A good friend of mine loved it as a child and I'd love to have the chance to finally read it!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And that's my top ten this week! What classics have you read or HAVEN'T read? Feel free to share your thoughts and your own TTT in a comment. =)  







23 comments :

  1. Rather surprisingly I've read a couple of these books, which is unusual for me! I did a review of The Great Gatsby a couple of days ago and it was amazing. It was a pretty damning deconstruction of the decadence and excess of the Jazz Age with great characters and a heartbreaking plot. I really loved it.

    I read both Huckleberry Finn and Frankenstein about two years ago and I remember liking them. Huckleberry Finn was great fun, of course, and Frankenstein was really surprising and wasn't what I thought it would be, in a good way.

    To be honest I'm pretty bad for reading classics so this I'm trying to read more, much like seemingly everyone in the book blogging community.

    Killian
    http://leaf-on-the-breeze.blogspot.ie/

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    1. It's great to know that all three books are as get as I've heard. I seriously need to make to time read at least a few this year.

      And, yes, it seems like it's a constant pull with the reader/blogger community. So many books, so little time! And that includes classics, lol.

      Thanks for stopping by! ^-^

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  2. I have only read two on this list, The Scarlet Letter and Emma so don't feel bad at all! Every year I try to read one classic. I still haven't decided what to read this year but I am sure I will get there.

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    1. Thanks, lol. I guess we all have a long list of classics to get to! I look forward to seeing which classic you finally decide to read! =)

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  3. I've never read Emma either, but I'm going to have to. We never read any Mark Twain in high school either, so not so weird I guess. I have read this one and Tom Sawyer since, though. You have to read the Sherlock Holmes novels they are so good! I should reread them, myself. :) You can't miss Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Life of Pi either!

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    1. Damn, you've just read all of them on the list, haven't you? =P But it's good to hear that they are all as awesome as I expect them to be. It's just getting the time to actually read them between all the new releases and reviews I have to do. XD

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    2. Just about! :D Some in high school, college, and just for the heck of it, but yes they are that good!

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  4. Also, I see your reading Alienated by Melissa Landers! I'm currently having a giveaway for the sequel on my blog so check it out!

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    1. I'll definitely have to check it out! Thanks for stopping by! =)

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  5. All of the classics! I don't read classics often, so I'm with you on most of these! And the few I have read on this list, I read for school. Anyway, I probably need to read some of these as well.

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    1. Yeah, it's hard to make time for the classics when there are so many other things demanding attention. School was the main reason I read classics, too, even though I know I should probably pick them up more often...

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  6. I'm in the middle of the Anne of Green Gables books right now (I think I'm on book 3 or 4?), but I haven't read any of the others either! It's so difficult choosing classics to read because I feel like I should be reading ALL of them!

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    1. Ooh, you'll have to let me know what you think when you finish them. Yeah, this and Secret Garden and Little Princess could all fall under the children's classics I need to read, lol.

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  7. Anne of Green Gables is a wonderful series I'm sure you'll love her quirkiness. Also while I love Sherlock Holmes the only way I've read the Hounds of Baskerville was a child's illustrated copy, honestly that's how I've read most of my classics.

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    1. Lol, gotta love the Children's Illustrated copies. ;) I had SO many of those growing up!

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  8. I haven't read Emma, Huckleberry Fin, Scarlet Letter & Frankenstein, but I've been meaning to for a long time!
    Especially Frankenstein...The only one I remember is that he was in an Alvin and the Chipmunks old cartoon animated movie, which happens to be a favorite movie of mine! Oh and that Van helsing movie with Hugh Jackman :D
    The only one I've read in your list is Hounds of Baskerville, because we had the entire book for my High school final exam! Even then I procrastinated and didn't finish it, but it is a really good book! I think you'll like it very much!
    I have to read classics whenever I get time, cause I never read them! Till now I think only 3% of my read list consists of classics! Shame! Classics are kinds hard to understand...I started Anna Karenina and few pages in the prose was very confusing...I have to pick it up as a challenge! I've heard it's a truly beautiful book!
    Good Luck to you and me as well! I hope you get to reading them & Post reviews if you do! :D
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    1. Yes, all I hear is great praise about Frankenstein and, for a classic, it's pretty short so I don't know why it's taken me forever to really get to it. I'm hoping to work on reading more this year. But we'll see, lol.
      Haha, you didn't even finish it? =P Well, at least I know it's good. I really enjoyed the short stories, so I'm anticipating that the novels will be great, too.
      A friend of mine read Anna Karenina when she was in high school, I think, and it took her forever to get through it, simply because it was such a bulky book - and, naturally, because it's a difficult read. I applaud her dedication, though, cause I never would've been able to get through it. Its like that with Les Miserables, it's so freakin huge, that I don't think I'll ever be able to read it. I guess I'll have to settle with the musical. XD
      Thanks for adding my button! I'll be sure to do the same for you. =)

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  9. Oh, Anne of Green Gables is loooovely. It's a childhood favourite of mine. I spent ages hunting down the whole series, but the first book on its own is lovely.

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    1. Yes, I've heard so many great things! I really hope I can make the time to read it soon, if even just the first one. =)

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  10. A lot of these are on my TBR list! I have the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes and also Jane Austen but I have yet to read Emma or the one you mentioned from Sherlock. I really want to read Frankenstein after reading a YA based on the book itself. As well as that, I have read The Great Gatsby and didn't like it as much as I hope to, but it was alright. I own Life of Pi and should really get around to it!

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    1. Haha, I'm guilty of having all of Austen's work as well as the entire Sherlock collection... and yet I still haven't read them all. XD
      What YA book did you read that was based off Frankenstein? Definitely sounds interesting...
      You're probably the first person I've seen that wasn't absolutely in love with The Great Gatsby. I'll have to give it a shot at some point, just to say that I've tried to read it, if anything, lol.

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  11. I've only read two books from your list. I've read was Emma and it's one of my favourite. I tried reading Pride and Prejudice when I was 14 and it didn't work out so I never picked it up again. That will change later this year because I'll have to study it for Uni so let's see what I think about it. The other is The Great Gatsby; I liked it but it wasn't spectacular to me so yeah... Some other books you listed I would have to read for Uni so I will do eventually LOL

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  12. Wow, I can't believe I have read all of these, except Frankenstein. And I recommend them all, although my memory of some is quite foggy. I haven't read Huckleberry Finn or The Great Gatsby since high school and I should really do something about that.

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