Physical TBR: Classics

May 18th, 2021

Hi Readers,

We are about to embark on a new journey on this blog where I take you through every single unread book on my shelves. There’s quite a few (which I’m actually okay with) so we will go through them in order of how my bookshelves are organised, which is through genre.

Classics is my longest physical TBR purely because classics are so cheap to buy as opposed to new releases. I find them quite often in charity shops and second hand bookshops so I’ve just ended up owning more. Some of these books are at the top of my TBR and I’m so excited to get to them!

Tess of the D’urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – Unfortunately I know how this ends which sucks. But I still want to read it as I did enjoy Far From the Madding Crowd.

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco – I’m a bit intimidated by this but maybe I’ll pick it up next Winter?

Daniel Deronda by George Eliot – I loved Middlemarch so I’m planning to read everything Eliot ever wrote.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – Soon.

The Three Muskateers by Alexander Dumas – Soon.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas – Soon.

Crime and Punishment by Fyoder Dostoevsky – Very, very excited for this one.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – So excited to read more Dickens some day soon.

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I’ve heard mixed things and I know it has some rascists undertones in it. Anyone think it’s worth it?

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway – I’m not confident I’ll like him, but I want to give Hemingway a try.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding – I’ve tried to read this, but I hated it. I might give it another try some day.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – I do want to read this but I’ve been avoiding it for years…

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

The Voyage Out and A Room Of Ones Own by Virginia Woolf – I love Virginia Woolf.

The Iliad and Odyssey by Homer – I’ll be starting this next week for the Dark Academia Readathon!

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Another one I’m hoping to read in the DA Readathon.

The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Haven’t heard much about this book but I want to read all of his novels so I bought it. Hoping to read it this Summer.

The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald – His incomplete novel, sounds interesting. I think it’s about old Hollywood.

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell – I’ve read and enjoyed a couple of her books so I’m looking forward to this one.

Lady Susan & Other Works by Jane Austen – I have read Lady Susan but have not read all of the ‘other works’.

Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – I’ve read a few of these and hope to read more this Autumn.

Which of these should I get to first?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

9 thoughts on “Physical TBR: Classics

  1. Well, I love the classics

    Homer- loved The Iliad and The Odyssey

    Cervantes- Don Quixote

    Hardy- Mayor of Casterbridge

    Dickens- Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Hard Times, Bleak House

    Hugo- Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les MisΓ©rables

    Love all of those books I just listed

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      1. Loving the classics is something that some people are surprised by- considering the fact that some of them are not easy weirds and that some happen to be long


  2. Gone With the Wind is SO worth it! It’s my favorite classic. And yes, it does have racist undertones, but you have to remember the time period that this book was written and takes place in. Of course there’s going to be racist undertones. I’m not saying it’s right, but that’s how it was then.

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  3. I know that Gone With the Wind is very controversial but I adored this book. I am oldish and read this book as a young twenty-something in the early 90s. It wasn’t as openly controversial as it is now so that may be part of my experience. But, truly, I loved it. Though, to be quite honest, I’m not sure I could still love it if I read it again now. I like to believe that I’ve learned and continue to learn how damaging this book is to the Black community.


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