Top Ten Classics I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

TTT I’m joining the Broke and the Bookish for today’s Top Ten Tuesday post.

I consider myself pretty well read.  For a long time, the classics were my favorite, and I still enjoy reading good classic novels, but here are a few I haven’t read for whatever reason.  (Subsequently, I think they’re all on my Classics Club “To Read” List.


1.  The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.  I know.  Loving children’s literature as much as I do it’s a surprise that I haven’t read this one.  I did start it a very long time ago and couldn’t get into it, so I put it aside to read something else.  I also haven’t watched any of the Lord of the Ring movies, because I like reading the book before watching the movie, so at least I haven’t committed that travesty!

2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I think this one was required reading for some high school classes, but never for one of mine. It’s considered one of the three classic dystopian novels and it’s plot centers around books. I have no idea why I didn’t read this one long ago.

3. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Long books don’t scare me, but long books originally written in another language kinda do. Still, I really would like to read this one. I need to just bite the bullet and start it.

4. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle. I went through a phase in my early 20s when I read a lot of the classic children stories that have been retold countless times (think Peter Pan, the Jungle Book, etc). For some reason I didn’t read this one so I’d like to go back and do so.

5. Middlemarch by George Eliot. I remember liking Silas Marner and would like to read this one, considered a greater work by some. Plus I was always fascinated that she used a male pseudonym so that her novels would have a better chance at survival.


6. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. This is another well-know story that I never actually read. I’d like to remedy that. As a child, I read Stevenson’s “A Garden of Verses” countless times. I loved the poems. It’s surprising I never ventured into reading his novels.

7. Dracula by Bram Stoker. This is the book where all the vampire mania began, right? Why not read the original?

8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I honestly have no idea what this is about but I remember Mama Train being so proud of reading this lengthy novel long ago… So it’s on my list.

9. Moby Dick by Herman Melville. The famous epic about a man’s hunt for the white whale. I must admit I tried starting this one last year and couldn’t get into it. We’ll see…

10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I seriously cannot believe I’ve never read this. It’s almost embarrassing.


What about you? Have you read any of these? What books top your list of classics you can’t believe you haven’t read?

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