Dipping My Toes Into: The Classics

May 12, 2014

DMTI Classics

Dipping My Toes Into is a new feature I’m starting on Music, Books and Tea sharing books from genres I don’t read very often but want to get into more.

For the very first post, I figured why not start with the big guns and delve into the Classics. I’ve admitted several times that I am not into the Classics. I haven’t read very many of them, and, to be honest, I haven’t got this great burning desire to read a lot of them. There are a few though, that I wouldn’t mind picking up once I’ve stopped being so intimidated by them.

I don’t understand why I’m so intimidated by Classics though. I think it’s got something to do with this niggling worry that I won’t understand the language used, although I know that the language isn’t that difficult to interpret. There’s also the worry of simply not enjoying it. I hate reading a book that so many people around me love and I end up hating it, or just not getting what exactly is so wonderful about it. Silly worries, I know, but they do have some influence on what I pick up to read.

So, even though I have this whole Classics Intimidation thing going on, I have read a few Classics, and, for the most part, really enjoyed them. My favourite one so far has to be Wuthering Heights, purely for its setting and the language. I struggled through The Picture of Dorian Gray because I despised the main character far too much to take anything else away from the novel.

So, I’ve sat down and compiled a list of Classics that I’m pretty sure I’ll like, or at least like enough to be able to finish reading. I’ve chosen:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Because it’s like, the ultimate romance story. I love the film and BBC adaptations, so I’d like to experience the book. I’m nervous though because I know a ton of people absolutely adore this book, and what if I don’t?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I’ve heard interesting things about Jane Eyre. I’m intrigued by Mr Rochester. Plus it seems to be very gothic-esque, which I loved about Wuthering Heights so maybe I’ll like this one too?

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald – To me, this is the most iconic American Classic, and I’m quite surprised that I’ve not already read it.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – Again, I know a lot of people love this one.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – I’ve heard it’s a total mind**** to read, which instantly makes me want to pick it up.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – I’ve owned this book for so long! And again, it’s got that whole gothic vibe going on, so I should enjoy it.

I’m curious to know, what’s your favourite Classic book? Which one do you think I should start off with?

3 thoughts on “Dipping My Toes Into: The Classics

  1. Sky Martin

    I also have Classics Intimidation Syndrome! I enjoy reading, but I’m also afraid that I just won’t understand what’s going on/won’t like a favorite of so many people. That being said, To Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite “classic”. This is required reading for most high schools, so I read it years ago, but I’ve also read it many times since then. Good luck on your quest! 🙂

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  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    This is a brilliant idea Hollie ^^ I think we all have those classic books we’re totally intimidated by…and ones we aren’t so much intimidated but more just worried we won’t be able to get through! I love the idea of challenging yourself to read ones you think you’d enjoy best. I’m with you: I need to read The Great Gatsby – it seems almost ridiculous that I’ve never read that one. Same goes for Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. I feel like I might have read A Clockwork Orange in high school english class but the fact that I’m not sure makes me think I didn’t >.< I have read Frankenstein though in Uni English class, first year. It's definitely the kind of book that sticks with you long after it's finished. Good luck with all of these and I hope you enjoy them all xx

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