Friday, 16 January 2015

Classics Reading List for 2015

To readdress the YA imbalance, these are the classic novels I really should have read already so will try to get through this year. In general, I haven't done too badly when it comes to classic novels (largely thanks to my English degree) but it's always nice to make sure I've read a few more each year. 

1) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
I have no idea why I haven't already read this. I've read all of her others, just not Mansfield Park for some reason. In 2015 this is going to have to change!

2) 1984 by George Orwell
One of the original dystopian novels.

3) The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
I've already tried to read this twice and gave up on both occasions. I'm hoping that watching the films might help me to get into it.

4) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This one was recommended to me on NYE

5) Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
I really enjoyed the Return of the Native, so should try something else by Hardy at some point soon.

I'm going to leave the list at that, since it's two more than last year, although hopefully I'll find time to squeeze a few more in too.

What are your thoughts. Have you read and enjoyed any of these? And are there any classics on your TBR list for this year?


  1. I'm SO glad that I'm not the only one who hasn't read 1984 yet- I recently bought the paperback in order to remedy that!

    I also feel a bit freakish for not having read any of Jane Austen's works. I'm a little ashamed that I have Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on my shelf but have never read the original!

    1. Jane Austen is great. If you like the TV/film adaptations you'll like the books. Although, rather strangely, I nearly always end up preferring the rogue to the hero... Brilliant heroines though. I keep meaning to try Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It sounds hilarious!