Classics I Want To Read


Last year I dipped my little toe into the world of classic literature. I didn't read too many, but it definitely got the ball rolling for me. I have read books such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre when I was much younger (and yes, mostly thanks to Bella's love of books in Twilight. Don't judge me!), but they are a little foggy to me now after all the time that has passed. Here are a list of six classics that I most definitely want to pick up sometime in 2018.

The House Of Mirth
by Edith Wharton
Lily Bart is aged 29, she is beautiful, impoverished, and in need of a rich husband to safeguard her place in the social elite, and to support her expensive habits. Unwilling to marry without both love and money, Lily becomes vulnerable to the kind of gossip and slander which attach to a girl who has been on the dating scene for too long.

“Do you remember what you said to me once? That you could help me only by loving me? Well-you did love me for a moment; and it helped me. It has always helped me.” 

Anne Frank: Diary Of A Young Girl
by Anne Frank 
Since it's publication in 1947, Frank's diary has been read by tens of millions of people. Her curiosity about her emerging sexuality, the conflicts with her mother,her passion for Peter, a boy whose family hid with hers, and her actue portraits of her fellow prisoners reveal Anne as more human, more vulnerable and more vital than ever.

“I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Joy Gatsby's parties are legendary. Night and day, the rich and beautiful descend upon his mansion to drink and to dance. For Nick Carraway, newly arrived on Long Island, the handsome, wealthy Gatsby seems to lead the perfect life. But beneath that shimmering facade Gatsby harbours an obsessive desire for the only thing he truly wants but can never have.

“I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity.” 

To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” 

The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

“But when it came right down to it, the skin of my wrist looked so white and defenceless that I couldn't do it. It was as if what I wanted to kill wasn't in that skin or the thin blue pulse that jumped under my thumb, but somewhere else, deeper, more secret, and a whole lot harder to get.” 

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott
Following the heartwarming tale of love, sisterhood, and hardship during the American Civil War, Little Women tells the story of the lovable March family. Meg, Bath, Jo and Amy try to support their mother at home while their father is away at war and enter into various scrapes and adventures as they do so.

“She preferred imaginary heroes to real ones, because when tired of them, the former could be shut up in the tin kitchen till called for, and the latter were less manageable.” 

What are some classics that you mean to pick up this year? Let me know!

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