A few weeks ago, I wrote a discussion post about why people read classics. I decided about a year ago that I don't want to read classics just for the sake of reading classics. I'm going to judge them like any other book. That decision definitely decreased the number of classics on my TBR, but I still have quite a few left. Here's some of them!
I definitely want to read everything by Jane Austen. So far, I've read Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, so that leaves me with Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park. And, luckily, readbyzoe on YouTube has created the Austentatious Book Club! It started in August, and everyone reads one Jane Austen book per month. I haven't done the last two months, since those were the two that I've read, but I really want to get to Northanger Abbey this month!
I also want to read more by Charles Dickens. I read A Tale of Two Cities earlier this year, and I really enjoyed it, but I want to try out some of his other books before I decide whether to make it a goal to read them all. I think the ones I'm going to read next are Oliver Twist and Great Expectations.
Another book that I finally read and loved this year was Anne of Green Gables, and I really want to finish the Anne series soon. I have five books left (Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne's House of Dreams, Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, and Rilla of Ingleside), and I'm sure I'll fly through them as quickly as I did the first three! It's just a matter of getting them and finding the time to read. I also want to try some other L.M. Montgomery books, but I don't know where to start!
Finally, I have a few that don't really follow the theme of a particular author or series. One that I can't believe I haven't gotten to yet: Jane Eyre. I've had a copy of this for years, and there have been a few times that I almost picked it up! But no, it's still just sitting on my shelf, unread. Maybe this year?
Les Misérables is one that's just intimidatingly long. I mean, it's huge! It's a brick! I'm okay with not having read this one yet, but I do want to read it eventually.
And finally, there's the Sherlock Holmes series (which I'm not listing as its own thing because I never even really think of it as a series - more like one ginormous book). My friend got me an absolutely beautiful complete edition as a gift a few years ago, and it motivated me to get through the first three books, but that still means I have six left (The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow, and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes). Next time I want a mystery, I have to prioritize these.
What are some classics that you want to read? Are there any really good ones I'm missing that I should add? Any of these that are SO GOOD that I have to read them right now? Tell me in the comments!