The weather here has been consistently good enough to declare that summer is finally here. And this summer I plan to get a lot more reading done than I did last year and to top that I definitely want to read way more classics than I did last summer. I’ve compiled a list of five which may seem small but I’d like to set the bar low so I can either meet expectations or be happily surprised and exceed them. Plus with all the other non-classic books that I want to read this summer, I think I’m being realistic here.
#1: Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens is one of my favourite classic authors. I’ve read two of his books so far and I have loved them. I’ve read Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities and I just fell in love with his style of writing. I was surprised by how funny he actually is. Bleak House doesn’t sound like it’s gonna be all that funny and cheery and it’s a chunky book that will probably take me half of summer to get through but I really want to read more Charles Dickens novels.
#2: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
This is one of those books where I pretend to have already read it. I studied English at A-Level, I’m studying and English degree and I can’t believe I’ve gotten this far without reading it. I feel like I can’t blag my way through this any longer. It’s not that I don’t want to read, I just never got round it but this summer, I’m determined to read it.
#3: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
I don’t like Jane Austen. There, I said it. I know a lot of bookworms out there who love Jane Austen, I’m sorry but she’s just not my cup of tea. Her novels just aren’t gritty enough for me. Saying that, I’m giving her a second chance by reading Northanger Abbey. This was actually recommended to me by my A-Level English teacher (we both had similar opinions on Austen) so I figured I’d give it a shot.
#4: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This book has been on my shelf for so long going unread that I honestly feel guilty whenever I look at it. I actively avoid looking at the sad corner of my bookshelf where my unread classics sit. I did attempt to read it a few years a go when I was a bit younger but just could not get in to it. Now that I’m slightly older and have more experience with classic books, I feel like I can take a stab at this one again.
#5: 1984 by George Orwell
I don’t know whether to consider this one a classic or not, I know some people don’t but it’s making the list. This is another one of those that I claim to have read but haven’t. A lot of these classics, I don’t really know much about them but this one is so popular that you can’t avoid not knowing about it. I think the story is really interesting and I’d love to finally get round to reading it.