I’ve always been into reading; my mum and I can famously read books in 24 hours on holiday! I love getting in bed, under the blankets, with a great book and escaping this crazy, hectic world. I love being able to imagine the characters and their surroundings. I love comedies, tragedies, memoirs (particularly Jennifer Worth’s ‘Call the Midwife’), books that pull on your heart strings, books that make you think, historical novels – basically, I love a lot of different kinds of books.
But since starting uni I only seem to read for my courses and not for leisure. I’m also ashamed to say that I haven’t read many of the great and classic novels.
So this year I’ve created a ‘booket’ list (basically a bucket list for the books I want to read). These are some classic novels that I want to read, alongside the comedies/rom-coms/memoirs that I dip in and out of. I’m under no illusion that I will be able to finish all of these books this year but perhaps within the next few years I’ll have been able to cross a fair few of my list!
So here it goes:
- 1984 – George Orwell
- The Tempest – William Shakespeare
- Moby Dick – Herman Melville
- Ulysses – James Joyce
- Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
- Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
- Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
- Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
- Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
- Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
- David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
- Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
- The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
- Middlemarch – George Eliot
- Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
- Emma – Jane Austen
- Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
- Beloved – Toni Morrison
- To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
- Underworld – Don Delillo
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
- A Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Atonement – Ian McEwan
Wow!! That’s a lot of books! I’ve started by downloading quite a few onto my kindle and I’m already half way through 1984 by George Orwell, and I only started it 3 days ago! I’ll be coming back to this blog post and ticking the books off as I go along so you’ll be able to follow my progress.
P.S. if you have any suggestions of more books, classics or otherwise, please leave a comment and I may add it to my list!