Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Classics That Are On My TBR, But Are Too Intimidating To Read

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They feature a different top ten list every week. This week's topic is supposed to be the top books I read outside of m comfort zone, but I am a rebel so I changed it just a bit.

The thing is that I don't have a specific genre I would consider outside my comfort zone. Even though I have my favorite genre, I have pretty much read and loved something from every single genre (with the exception of graphic novels). I think the type of book that comes closest to something I don't suavely enjoy involves the classics. Maybe it's the language or the fact that there is not a lot of action, but I don't read a lot of them or enjoy a lot of them (with the exception of Jane Eyre

This is a list of the top classics I would love to read, but I am too intimidated to read. (All of these books are on my Kindle, so hopefully that will mean my chances of actually reading these one day are pretty high.)
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

3. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

4. Emma by Jane Austen

5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

6. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

7. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

9. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

10. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain


Are there any classics you are too intimidated to read? Any on this list that you love?

26 comments :

  1. Great list. I read more classics when I was younger, but would love to at least read 1 or 2 a year now.

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    1. Thanks so much Christy! I need to create some goals for reading more as well. I would love to expand my horizons and clear some more off my TBR.

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  2. I'm not really into classics either, but I did love Tom Sawyer as a kid. I should reread it, and try Huckleberry Finn too. Emma and Sense and Sensibility both sound good, probably because I've enjoyed movie versions of both.

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    1. Greg, I have not seen the movie versions of Emma and Sense and Sensibility. Maybe I should though. I don't normally watch the movie before reading the book, but maybe it would be motivation to finally read them.

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  3. After going through all the Lit classes to get my English degree, I've come to the realization that I just don't like the older Classics, and that's ok :) That's the great thing about books-there's so many choices that there's something for everyone!

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    1. Library Huntress, that is such a good point. I guess I just feel guilty that I haven't read more of them. I feel like I should at least give them a chance.

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  4. All classics scare me. I haven't read any really. I would like to read Jane Austen though. I feel like I am missing out on her books.

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    1. Grace, I read Pride and Prejudice but I didn't adore it like other people. I found it a bit boring. I am sure it's just the Victorian style of writing. I do want to read more of her stuff though to see if I enjoy some of her other works.

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  5. Great list! I love Jane Austen -- and my tip for those is to give the audiobooks a try. I listened to the Emma audiobook last year (narrated by Juliet Stevenson) and it was hilarious. I loved A Tale of Two Cities, but haven't read any other Dickens (and I really do want to read Great Expectations). I should probably read more Twain too. Classics don't need to be scary! (Another suggestion -- find a group to read one with. It makes it really fun and gives great inspiration to stick with it.)

    Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies

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    1. Thanks Lisa! Audiobooks sound like a great idea! The Victorian style of writing can be so dry and boring at times. Maybe I would like it more if it was on audio.

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  6. I've read most of those, and there aren't any that I would say desperately need to be read! Sure, some of them are really good, but for the most part, there is just more enjoyable stuff written within the last half century to check out!

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    1. You are so right Allyson! That is my main problem too: there are SO MANY newer releases that I want to read and all of them are just so much more exciting than the classics.

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  7. Great list! I really want to read Anna Karenina, A Tale of Two Cities and War and Peace as well! Although, I have the same intimidation problem. I started War and Peace a week ago, but I've only read 22 pages, even though I really enjoy it, I'm hesitant to pick it back up.

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    1. Thanks Lynn! Oh man, War and Peace is just so intimidating. I think it's the size. It's huge. I hope you enjoy it!

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  8. I've read almost all of these -- though for the row on the left, I've only read half of each of them. Not because I didn't like them. I really like them! But they are huge. :) The best one of all is Sense & Sensibility, but they're all excellent. I also love Walden and Moby-Dick. I hope you love these when you read them!

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    1. Thanks so much Jillian! It's nice to know that you enjoyed the ones on this list that you have read. Sometimes the size of the book can be so intimidating. War and Peace is an example. Crazy. Hopefully, I can give them a try one day!

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  9. I love love love both Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Great Expectations and The Age of Innocence! All worth a read!!

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    1. Thanks Eva! That is so good to know!

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  10. Great list! There are so many classics that I'd love to read, but they scare me because of how old and popular they are. I'm hoping to read a few this year! I hope you love them!

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    1. Thanks Lizzie! I hope so too. And I hate it when a classic is so popular, but I hate it. That definitely puts me off too.

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  11. I've read the Dickens ones, but that's it. I agree that many of these are just darn intimidating. Like you, though, I hope I'll read them someday!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Nicole, I think I want to read Dickens more than anyone else. But yeah, too intimidating! Argh

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  12. All of them. I am too afraid of all of them. Historically, classics and I do NOT get along. I think it all started when I was 10 and my dad made me read David Copperfield. It was awful, and not just because I was 10. I mean, partly because I was 10, but partly because it was boring as hell, AND it was super long. And also, I had Baby-Sitters Club books to read.

    I digress, I am still really salty about that, it seems. I feel like I *might* have read Great Expectations in high school? And by "read" I mean "Bought the Cliffs Notes because the internet wasn't a thing".

    I don't know, these seem long and boring. Go with the shortest one, and then you can cross "Classics" right off your bucket list ;)

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    1. Shannon, oh man. To try and read one of those classics at ten would be crazy!! I agree about Babysitter's Club. Why read Dickens when you can read that?? And I totally remember buying Cliff Notes for some of my required books too. Good times, good times.

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  13. War and Peace is so long, ugh I don't want to read it. It sounds so confusing with all the interconnected stories. Although Russian culture and time periods do fascinate me. Dickens' writing is so overly descriptive, it's way too much for my taste. Austen's works are timeless, and I loved Emma. I forgot to finish Sense and Sensibility, but I'll pick it up again soon. I hear Persuasion is really great too, in leagues with P&P!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

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    1. Rachel, yeah the length of War and Peace just KILLS me!! I just can't deal. I feel like it would take me weeks to get through it.

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