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!