It’s no secret that I read a lot. (But if you need evidence, see my book blog….) While I love new releases and running book series, I also occasionally enjoy dipping my toes into the pool of classics. There are so many that I’ve read over the years, especially way back when I was in high school. Assigned reading was 95% “old” stuff, so I racked up my classic count during those 4 years.
As an adult, I occasionally hear or read where people refer to these classics in conversation or as reference. Most of the times, I can track with it. But sometimes, it’s over my head. These are 5 books that I surprisingly haven’t read (yet)!
The Grapes of Wrath byJohn Steinbeck
My understanding is that MOST people read this in school. I think I missed that year…meaning when I moved high schools, my former classmates read it and my new ones didn’t. Or something like that. I know a lot of people that read it maybe their sophomore year of high school? I was reading Pride & Prejudice and Lord of the Flies that year. One thing I’ve heard about this book is that it’s culturally relevant and it’s important as a classic, but it’s not necessarily enjoyable to read. So that makes it hard to motivate myself to start it! And yet, I do like being part of the crowd.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
I know people would say that this is their favorite book ever. Then I also know people that have told me it was OK, but the upcoming movie will be great. I know that Mindy Kaling will be in it…so I’m sold. Ha! I love a good time travel story, so I would probably enjoy this. I did try to read the graphic novel adaptation a couple of years ago and was bored. But I only read like 5 pages…so it’s worth giving another go!
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I realize that this book isn’t even a hundred pages long. I get that. But I’ve also heard that it’s dripping in philosophical symbolism. So while it may be 80-something pages, the content seems DENSE. And yet, this is one that I hear people refer to sometimes. I think there’s a Netflix adaptation…but come on…80 pages or so? I can do it. (I CAN do it, right?)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Ok, so I haven’t read this book…but I HAVE seen a TV adaptation for the BBC. I couldn’t name characters and dish out exactly what happened, so I would probably be interested in picking up this story to read. I remember the female characters being particularly interesting, albeit a touch crazy. This kind of story isn’t one that I usually crave to read, so I would have to force myself to start it. But then the language sweeps me up and I’m hooked.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
I debated a few different classics to list as #5 and ended up going with this one. Some of my favorite book reviewers have said great things about the characters and the writing in this book. I’ve also been told that it’s slow at first, but then you fly through the rest of it. This seems like it’d be right up my alley, gothic literature with a bit of mystery and romance. I may just give this one a read soon!
Have you read these classics? What are some that you haven’t read, but maybe should? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy reading! – Caitlyn