This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about those books that are still collecting dust on our to-read lists. Every book blogger has experienced the guilt of knowing that you should read a critically-acclaimed or otherwise particularly awesome novel, but have yet to get around to it. Excuses know no bounds!
On any typical “Best Books of All Time” list, I can cross off about 20 percent of the works, which is better than the average American (a poor standard), but could definitely use some improvement. In fact, at the risk of humble-bragging, I would have read many of the classics I’m about to mention in high school had I not been in honors and AP English classes. Instead of reading popular classics like Huck Finn and The Picture of Dorian Gray, I delved into more obscure ones, like Saint Joan and The Return of the Native.
Yep, that might have been the most hipster thing I’ve ever written, and I completely deserve to be publicly shamed a la Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones.”
Anyway…moving on! High school-me may have been preoccupied, but present-me needs to get it together and finally cross off these ten classics that I still haven’t read yet:
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Alright, time to see if you can out-hipster me…how many of these classics have you read?