January 24: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read
This week’s prompt was a freebie, so as per usual when these weeks roll around I looked back at previous TTT’s (long before I began writing my own lists) and I stumbled across this one. Naturally this topic led me towards the classics, of which I confess I have read embarrassingly few.
1. 1984 by George Orwell
I began reading this when I was eighteen (and I did enjoy it) but A Levels got in the way so I never finished it. Considering its recent boom in popularity, now seems like the perfect time to get reacquainted with Winston and Big Brother.
2. Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
I’ve been led to believe that The Hunger Games is in part a modern day version of this novel, and that alone is reason enough for me to read it.
3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In 2015, I read a retelling of this novel which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I hope the original is as entertaining and enthralling.
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I’m not ashamed to admit that this novel intimidates me a bit, but considering I’m studying for a Masters in English I really should have read this one.
5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Last year I finally read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, and I need to discover more of the ‘Bell’ sisters.
6. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
I love the story and the musical, but I think the simple fact that it is Dickens has intimidated me.
7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
My Mum loves this novel, but despite owning it since I was a kid, I never picked it up – I think I was more interested in wizards as a child.
8. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
So many schools have this as compulsory reading but it somehow didn’t make it onto my syllabus, and as a result I’ve never felt the need to read it.
9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
I love dystopian YA, and I want to try and expand my horizons this year, so this adult example of the genre seems like a good place to start.
10. The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I received the complete “trilogy” for Christmas, so I plan on at least reading the first book in 2017.
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