A few weeks ago I made a post talking about all the classics that I want to read and you all seemed to really like it so today I thought that I would dedicate my Top Reads post this month to my Top Classic Reads. I haven’t read many classics (I am mildly dyslexic. For me it mainly affects my ability to spell (although that is a lot better since I started this blog), I can struggle to get my thoughts onto paper and I can’t read classics. Every time I try and pick one up, I get a few pages into it and my brain basically just goes, ‘no’. I just physically cannot read them. but, in the last year or so I have discovered that if I listen to the audiobook of a classic, I can read it. My brain doesn’t freak out.). but anyway, here are my top classics, from the few that I have read.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
I never intended to read this book, mainly because, I knew the story. We all know the story. But I picked it up one a whim and I ended up loving it. it is told in a different style to what I was expecting, the story was dark and creepy and different to what I was expecting. It was just the ultimate vampire themed book. A must read.
The Picture Of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
I freaking love this book. Generally speaking, I am not a massive fan of classics, but I adored this book. I had been wanting to read it for about five years and finally, after seeing the film, I decided to give it a go and I am so glad that I did. This is the ultimate story of consequences and depravity and it is just amazing. If you haven’t read this, you need to.
Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie
This is one of those stories that I already knew the outcome of. I don’t know why I did as I have never read it before, but I did. Maybe I saw a film of it as a child. I don’t know. But despite already knowing the outcome, I still loved it. This book really is a classic.
Tess Of The D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
This was possibly the first classic that I actually enjoyed. I had to read this for school when I was 15 and I was so surprised by it. We read it in class (which essentially meant that different people would have to read a chapter out loud to the rest of the class. Literal torture. Especially seeing’s as I cannot read out loud. Between anxiety and dyslexia, I am fucking screwed) and I just remember being so absorbed in the story. there was drama and heartache, hardship and love. It felt a lot more modern then it actually was.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
How could I not include this classic on this list? I am ashamed to admit that I hadn’t read this book until a few days ago. But I am so glad that I finally have. We all know the story, but the book is brilliant. It is packed full of amazing storylines and brilliant messages. Dickens really was a genius. If you haven’t read A Christmas Carol yet, you really should.
And those are the classics that I have read and really enjoyed. I have read a few others like Great Expectations for example, but I didn’t particularly enjoy them. And I have also read a few Shakespeare plays (Romeo & Juliet, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing and several poems) but my brain just completely nope’s out of the situation when Shakespeare is involved. So even if I liked the story, I hated actually reading it, which is why none of them are on the list. What is your favourite classic? Any that you think that I should check out? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.