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Reading Classics Challenge! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ”–๐Ÿ•ฎ

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.

Italo Calvino

I don’t intend to read a lot of material this year, just what’s on my TBR… but wait, that’s quite a lot! While I do intend to read through my TBR, I also want to read a couple of classics.

A classic is supposed to withstand the test of time and have relevance to many generations. In short, a classic is something that never goes out of style… like kindness. Throughout the years, I’ve read some classics. Some I liked, some I couldn’t get past, some I simply wanted to throw into a fire and some, well, they were overrated.

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Oh, but you are… overrated, that is, just as many classics out there!

So here we are. It all boils down to this…

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It’s going to be torture trying to read some of these classics, but…

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These are already on my TBR:

The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumasย (I read this book at a very young age too many times to count! This adventure made a Francophile out of me. Although I still like to think of this book as an utmost favorite of mine, I’m not the little girl who read for the sake of forgetting reality for a few pages anymore and my views may change.)ย 

Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verneย (Loved. Loved. LOVED! I wouldn’t watch movies or read re-tellings of this story ever, but now, I’m certain that my views wouldn’t be the same after all these years.)

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (This is going to be my second reread.)

Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevensonย (Read a lot of RLS growing up & loved his work. I hope I still do after all these years.)

The Coral Island – R.M. Ballantyne

Mutiny of the Bounty – Sir John Barrowย 

Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

Body in the Library – Agatha Christeย (I honestly don’t think I’ll like Agatha’s work, but I’m willing to give her a chance.)

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

The Old Man & the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

1984 – George Orwell

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelhoย (I honestly think I’m going to dislike this book, but it’s been suggested to me only so many times.)

Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare (This book has been on my TBR way too long!)

Art of War – Sun Tzu

I’ve seen bookworms ridicule for not liking or understanding a classic. If I don’t like a classic, I am going to state so and if I can’t finish one, then I’ll put it down. I ain’t got no time to waste on books that scholars or media tell us we should love and cherish.

Read the books you want to read; not the books you think you should read.

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21 thoughts on “Reading Classics Challenge! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ”–๐Ÿ•ฎ”

    1. Haha! Glad you do, chica! ๐Ÿ™‚ I read both books so they’re going to be second reads. I haven’t watched the movies for any of them and lately, I don’t have time to sit and watch a movie, but I’ll try to at some point. I look forward to your thoughts when you read the PP. I’m looking for a way to break it down on here sometime next month or May God’s willing. Thank you and same to you. ๐Ÿ’™

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      1. It’s something I always say when it comes to reading and I’m sure many others say it too, although I won’t be surprised if it’s already quoted by a “famous” someone. On all of them? If you like, I can definitely do that. ๐Ÿ˜„ I’ll try to start working on the notes soon for PP. Thanks again and you’re welcome. ๐Ÿ’™

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  1. I like your list very much. I have been wondering if I should reread some classics myself to see if I still feel the same about them as I did in my younger years. Dracula and The Picture Of Dorian Gray are at the top of my list. The Alchemist isnโ€™t one Iโ€™ve read before, but I do think it may be interesting.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I say, go for it. This year, I hope to read as much classics as I can. I don’t think I’ve read Dracula before, but you’re right about The Alchemist. I read Dorian Gray twice, but I didn’t read it seriously, so I figure if I read it now, I won’t like it. If you read any classics, I hope to hear your thoughts. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. So many of these are some of my favorite classics, like Brave New World and The Three Musketeers (which I should also reread). The only one on this list which I tried to read and absolutely hated was The Catcher in the Rye. It is rare that I dislike classics, but just all the characters’ swearing and crudeness just really made me dislike it. But I’m curious to see what you think of it. Good luck with getting all that reading done!

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    1. Yet to read ‘Brave New World’ but I do look forward to doing so soon. I have to admit that I don’t know what ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ is entirely about only that it has been recommended to me. I haven’t read what it’s about or look up reviews on it, but it already sounds like a turn off.

      Thank you!

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      1. I know. It’s like food. Some one will get me all excited to try something. Telling me it’s the best thing in the world. I try it, and ewwwwww. I always hear, it’s an acquired taste. Hahaha. I’m not going to torture myself aquiring a taste for something. Now that isn’t to say that I have tried something, didn’t like it then later in life try it again and end up loving it. But not going to force it. Hahaha

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