I’ve been trying to read one classic per month for the past (nearly) two years as I’d read very few before, especially since I didn’t study English Literature at university, like most people assume. I do tend to stretch the word ‘classic’ a lot (I include Roald Dahl and Agatha Christie), but I’ve enjoyed: Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Rebecca, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, 1984, The Day of the Triffids, The Virgin Suicides (I’m still not sure if this counts!), The Catcher in the Rye (although I didn’t love it), The Great Gatsby, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Outsiders.
I’m hoping to start Of Mice and Men tomorrow. I’ve been meaning to but I wanted to make sure I could curl up with a blanket and read it all in one sitting. I still haven’t read Dickens (well, aside from studying A Christmas Carol), so I need to do that, plus there’s many more I want to read next year and I have a ton on my Kindle (I’m always open to suggestions too!).
And children’s classics: I Capture the Castle, Anne of Green Gables, What Katy Did, Mary-Mary, Betsy-Tacy, Milly-Molly-Mandy. There’s so, so many I want to read. I’ve been buying the Vintage Children’s Classics recently and can’t wait to get stuck in.
You can see my reviews of most of them here and I have a classics shelf on Goodreads.
Great Expectations is one I’d like to try this winter! I also think The Picture of Dorian Gray, Jane Eyre and Rebecca are perfect for winter nights, although not particularly daunting.
As for non-classics, perhaps The Thirteenth Tale and I have The Snow Child on my bookshelves, waiting to be read.
If you’re into young adult, I’d suggest Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
And lastly, for children’s, although I’ve not yet read it, The Dark is Rising sounds perfect as well as The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.
Hey! Ah, there’s so many I’d choose! Here’s some of my favourite YA:
The Hunger Games, The Book Thief, Delirium, Between Shades of Gray, The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Book of Lies, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, I Capture the Castle, Out of the Easy, Anna and the French Kiss and Heart-Shaped Bruise.
As most of my favourites are pretty standard, it may be better to see which books I’ve rated 4* and 5* on Goodreads - there’s 282 of them!
I’ve been visiting new bookshops and blogging about them this year for A Tour of London Bookshops, but I’ve not posted one for a few months. It really is terrible of me (although I’ve been visiting many, many bookshops!), but you’ll be pleased to know that I aim to visit four more – and blog about them – before the end of the year. Head over to the WordPress to read about the ones I’ve visited so far, if you’re new.