Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Classics We Want To Read

Posted July 1, 2014 by Lyn Kaye in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 11 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s theme: Top Ten Classics We Want To Read.

One of my biggest reading “regrets” is not being more well-read when it comes to the classics.  I mean, not a whole lot really appeal to me, but there definitely are ones that do – particularly horror and scifis, but also the ones that are controversial.  I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic lately and I definitely want to make it a priority sometime in a future to become more acquainted with the classics.  So without further adieu, here are the top few on my list:

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 1.  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.  I mean, I’ve seen a TON of adaptations of Sleepy Hollow, and I think we’re all familiar with the Headless Horseman.  I’d like to get to the roots of this pervasive pop culture icon.

2.  Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  Basically, I want to get my hands (and eyes) on everything that causes such a controversial reaction.

3.  Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.  Strange factoid about me: I have behind the scenes, insider experience with the carnival and the culture of the people in it so I’m just automatically drawn to all things carnival-related.  Especially the creepy variety.

4.  The Waste Land and Other Poems by TS Eliot.  One of my favorite books ever is Wasteland by Francesca Lia Block, which references the TS Eliot poem quite a bit.  TS Eliot’s work has influenced a lot of writers and I would love to gain more insight by reading the source material directly.

5.  Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.  Another controversial book and one that looks absolutely hysterical.  It’s been on my book-reading bucket list for a while.





1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – This has sadly been skipped on my Kindle, and it is about time to fix

2. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – I loved the movie so much, and my sister always tells me that it is one outstanding classic.  It is the size that intimidates me a bit, but it will be worth the read!

3. The Odyssey by Homer – Also another well-loved classic in my circle, I bought it during my Percy Jackson kick, and never got back to it while I returned to school.

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – More like a reread, it is time that I picked this one up again to show my love.

5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – I read 1984 a while back, and since that book and this book tend to go hand-in-hand, I figured it was time to take another crack at it (I DNFed in high school).


11 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Classics We Want To Read

  1. I read Lolita a few years ago and HATED it. It was controversial, I guess, but I was bored to tears. I think it must’ve been crazy in its time, but these days there are so many books that surpass it.

    And I have The Count of Monte Cristo on my self … sooooo want to read it, but feel that the 1,200+ page count is a little daunting.

    Hope you guys get to cross some of these off your list!
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  2. I have plans to read The Legend of Sleepy Holow in October. Stocking up my spooky reads for that month. 😀 Okay, Lolita is a fabulous book despite the topic. If you ever listen to audiobooks I’d highly recommend going that route. Jeremy Irons is an amazing narrator. The Waste Land and Catch-22 are also on my TBR list. 🙂

    I just recently purchased Frankenstein on audio and am so excited to start. (Dan Stevens narrates.) I need to read Count of Monte Cristo as well as To Kill a Mockingbird. I read TKaM when I was younger but don’t remember a thing about it. Fahrenheit 451 was not a favorite of mine and I read it later in life.
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