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Top Ten Tuesday: Classics That Are Still Sitting On My TBR And Must Be Annihilated…I Mean, Read

It’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly prompt curated by That Artsy Reader Girl. Depending on the topic, you list ten books/characters/whatever have you that best answer the prompt. This week’s is books still sitting on your TBR. I feel like I’ve done too many of these lately, so I switched the topic up yet again. I’m going to narrow the list to classics that are still on my TBR.

So here are the classics I still haven’t read and would like to toss out the window. Or maybe I’ll just read them like a normal person. Who knows?

1. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

I now own The War of the Worlds in both e-book and physical format, and I’ve still managed to avoid reading it. I can’t even come up with an excuse for that. It’s not even 200 pages, after all. I’m hoping the fact that I acquired the physical copy will encourage me to read it within the next month or two, but you just never know with me.

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Here’s another sci-fi classic that I’ve never read. Come to think of it, I don’t read enough sci-fi in general. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy does seem like it’d be a solid introduction to the genre, though!

3. Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune is another huge science fiction classic, complete with a unique desert setting. I’ve been meaning to pick this up for a long time now, but somehow it always escapes before I get to the cash register. I’m going to have to double my efforts when it comes to purchasing classics.

4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

People always recommend this after hearing I’m a fan of Orwell and Bradbury. I’m always down for dystopic criticisms of society, so I couldn’t tell you why it’s taken me so long to get around to this one. I’ve honestly heard nothing but great things.

5. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Catch-22 is always recommend right alongside Brave New World. This one I actually own, so I might get to it first.

6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

After hearing such fabulous things about Coelho’s writing, particularly in regard to his most beloved novel, how can I not pick this up at some point in my life?

7. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I vaguely remember being assigned The Bell Jar in high school, back when telling me to read a book basically guaranteed I’d never do so. After learning about Sylvia Plath’s life and reading her poetry in more recent years, I’ve made it a goal of mine to actually read this novel. It’s on my shelf, so it’s only a matter of time until I reach that goal.

8. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

A huge fan of feminist literature and Virginia Woolf’s other works, I’m a little ashamed that I haven’t read her essay collection yet. It’s on my list, but like most classics on there, I’ll probably need to push myself to get to it.

9. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

This novel is so hyped when people discuss the classics, and I have to admit, I’m intrigued. The combination of an unreliable narrative and a twisted story sounds like a good way to keep me hooked.

10. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

I’ve definitely saved the most embarrassing admission for last here: I’ve never actually finished reading Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. I got through the first two and kind of just…stopped. But I do intend to pick them up again!

And that’s all. What are some classics you’ve been meaning to read, but haven’t gotten around to? Let me know in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Classics That Are Still Sitting On My TBR And Must Be Annihilated…I Mean, Read”

  1. The War of the Worlds is the Wells novel I’ve chosen to read this year. I don’t know when it’ll happen, but I’ll make sure it happens.

    I’ve never actually even started the LOTR trilogy! I once borrowed what I thought was an audio book of The Fellowship of the Ring from the library, but it turned out to be a dramatisation and I didn’t think that would count as reading the book. So, it’s still in my TBR pile 😁

    1. On the bright side, War of the Worlds is a short one! I’m trying to read it in 2018 too. Is there anything else by him you’d recommend?

      The Fellowship is definitely worth the read! Two Towers drags a bit, but I’ll probably have to re-read both to do Return of the King.
      Happy reading!! ❤️️

  2. I couldn’t even finish The Hitchhiker’s, you’re probably better off with Ender’s Game for a scifi classic.
    I read Brave New World in HS, and it was very interesting – I ought to do a reread now that I’ve read more dystopian fiction.
    Lolita is very good, Nabokov’s writing is incomparable.
    The Alchemist is SOOO GOOOD – everything great you’ve heard about it is true.
    And The Bell Jar is probably not something you want to miss, it’s a fairly quick and easy read for a classic even with heavier themes.
    My goal is to read LOTR this year!!!! So I can rewatch the movies.
    I own Catch 22 also, wanna do a buddy read???

    1. Really? Yikes, now I’m nervous to start it! I’ve read Ender’s Game, but I wasn’t a huge fan.

      I’m glad you recommend most of the books on this list though! A lot of them deal with serious topics, so it’s great to hear they aren’t mishandled.

      LOTR is definitely worth the read (and watch). They’re verbose but amazing! And my schedule’s unpredictable and all over the place recently, or I totally would! Keep me in mind for the future though. 🙂 I’ve never buddy read anything before!

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