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Classics I want to read in the 2nd half of the year

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One of my biggest goals of the year was to read more classics and so far this year I’ve read a big fat Zero classics! Classics tend to be the books that I have trouble reaching for since they are harder to read. However, I love the act of reading classics and finally understanding the hype (even if I don’t agree with it) I always feel so accomplished after finishing one of the books. So today I decided to share 12 classics I would like to read by the end of the year!

The Bacchae is a play about Dionysus the Greek god of wine and ecstasy. Dionysus is a really interesting god and one of my personal favorites so I’m really excited to read one of the classics on him.

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays and out of the ones I haven’t read this is the one I’m most excited to read. I’ve seen many references to this book in my life and I’m excited to finally read it. I think there is a full cast audiobook of this play as well so I’m excited to give it a go.

Anne of Green Gables is a fan favorite of a lot of my favorite readers and I want to start this series so bad. I wish I read this as a kid I know I would have loved it. So far I’ve not seen any of the adaptions but I really want to see the newer one so I need to get my butt in gear and finally read this one.

Jane Eyre is on my TBR because of the hype from so many people that I trust however I’m going in with low expectations though since I don’t think Victorian romances are going to be my thing but I am hopeful that maybe this will change my mind.

I love a good Arthurian retelling so I’m excited to read the original storyline. I’ve read a few of Arthur’s knights stories in high school and always planned on going to this story but just haven’t made it yet! The Once and Future King sounds really amazing!

Ok, its time to give Tom Sawyer a chance. In high school, I read Huck’s book and I loved everything to do with Huck but I despised Tom Sawyer! He was a really self-centered and mean character but I think I am ready to give him a chance and put my thoughts aside and read this iconic story.

Of Mice and Men was one is one of my favorite classics I’ve ever read. So I am really excited to pick up another book by this author. I remember really liking the writing from Steinbeck and also that his storytelling can be intense. Out of his books, I think this is the most popular of his books so I’m excited to finally read another Steinbeck.

I remember starting this book as a kid but I never finished it. Even though I never finished this book its been on my mind for years. It actually took me a while to realize what book I was thinking about but I’m really excited to finally finish this and see how it ends it has been haunting me for years y’all.

I’ve heard mixed thoughts on this book. A lot of people have trouble with it because of all of the ship talk but I’m actually really interested in how ships work so I’m excited about that part. I also am curious to read this because it has inspired so many modern pirate books.

This is my best friend’s favorite book and I’ve promised to get to it as soon as I can. She’s also waiting for me to read this so we can both see the movie so I need to get a move on and finally read this child classic.

I have tons of larger classics on my TBR so I feel obligated to at least read one of them. I’m a little too nervous to pick up Moby Dick or War and Piece again so I decided to try a new book this time around. What I know this is a story of revenge, betrayal, and treasure so I am really excited to try it out.

Dracula by Bram Stoker would be a great Halloween read so I’m including it on my list. Dracula is also noted as one of the first vampire books since I love all things vampires I’m excited to read some of the source material that has influenced some of my favorite stores over the years.


And that’s all of the classics I’m hoping to read before the year is over. Do you read classics? What is your favorite?

4 thoughts on “Classics I want to read in the 2nd half of the year

  1. I love Dracula! I am hoping to also read these books on your list. I have a copy for some of it, and yet I can’t find the time to read them now.

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      1. We are the same when it comes to classics. It’s just that, I’ve read Dracula when I was in high school, and my copy of that was a gift from my classmate.

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