My Classics TBR

I’m not much of a classics girl. I have read a few classics that I liked like Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre etc. but I ended up disliking a lot of them too. I couldn’t stomach Adam Bede at all because of the weird way of writing the accents and also, I found it a little on the preachy side. But then, I came to know what the story is about, so now I know it’s not so bad. But still, I didn’t have the patience to finish it. Another classic I didn’t like was Frankenstein. I know there will probably be a lot of gasps at this, but again, I thought it was very yawn inducing. Maybe I expected it to be a bit more gory or something, but I suppose it must have been pretty gory when it was first published. Another shocker is the fact that I didn’t like Little Women either. For a while I had given up on classics altogether. But I’m trying to broaden my reading horizon, so I’ve decided to give these old tomes another whirl. So, what I’ve done is I’ve compiled a small list of classics that I believe are to my taste. And let me describe what ‘my taste’ comprises of.

  • I don’t like books that go on and on about the sun filtering through the leaves and falling on the lake and bursting into a million rays and… Well, you get my drift.
  • I detest preachy books. Completely. Absolutely.
  • I like books that are passionate and awe inducing.
  • I like complex characters who are neither completely good nor completely bad.
  • I do like happy endings, but I don’t mind not having one either.
  • I like intense and gripping plots that bring out the best and the worst in the characters of the book.
  • I love reading about strong female characters who are not afraid to make their opinions known and who refuse to take any kind of shit from sexist males.

Based on the above criteria, I’ve made the following list.

  1. Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  2. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  3. Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  4. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  7. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  8. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  9. A Room With A View by E.M. Forster
  10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  11. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  12. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  13. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
  14. I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
  15. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  16. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  17. 1984 by George Orwell
  18. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  19. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  20. Villette by Charlotte Bronte

So, these are the books I’ve managed to find so far that fit my taste. Can you think of any other books I can add to this list? I would really appreciate the help! 😀



2013 TBR Pile Challenge

So, I have this humongous TBR pile and it just keeps getting bigger everyday. When I saw this challenge, I just knew it was the perfect one for me to make real progress through my TBR. I’m aiming for a Friendly Hug here, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be going up a level or two (or three) later. 🙂 I’ll be linking the reviews of the books I finish here and I might be adding more books later, so don’t forget to subscribe. So, here you go. My list of books I’m hoping to finish by the end of the year:

  1. Have No Shame by Melissa Foster
  2. That Ghoul Ava and the Queen of Zombies by T.W. Brown
  3. 10 Ways To Kill A Cupid by Leigh Parker
  4. Young Moon by H. S. St. Ours
  5. Suite Dubai by Callista Fox
  6. The Mine by John Heldt
  7. The Tree of Mindala by Elle Jacklee
  8. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  9. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  10. Inferno by Dan Brown
  11. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  13. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  14. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  15. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  16. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  17. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  18. Dear Life, You Suck by Scott Blagden
  19. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  20. V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

2013 TBR Pile Challenge is hosted by Evie at Bookish.

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