Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten classic books I want to read next

Heellllooo readers, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post brought to you by the wonderful ‘The Broke and the bookish,’ and it’s a free week which means that you can pick whatever book related topic your heart desires. As I have recently(-ish) finished my ten classic books challenge for my 101 things in 1001 days list I thought, why not list down the next ten classics I intend to read because there are quite a few I’ve discovered whilst browsing the library shelves/Amazon/Waterstones. If you have any to add comment below I will have to take a look at your suggestions. Without delay number one is….


Lord of the Flies (1954) by William Golding

Every man and his dog have read this book, apart from me, because I’m always so far behind.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) by Oscar Wilde

This was planned as my last classic book for my 101 things in 1001 days challenge but I ended up reading Little Women, a book that has been on the list for years and years. I still plan to get this read though, eventually.

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Anne of Green Gables (1908) by L.M. Montgomery

As a younger reader my mum really encouraged some classic books but being a stubborn reader I ignored them. Recently I found this on my bookshelf, and athough I’m maybe a little too old for it, I’m going to get it read I think. Sorry Mumma.


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) by Betty Smith

I only fully came across this book recently, but being split into five books, each telling a different period in the character’s lives it could span a reading experience I’ve yet to try. Something that will be new to my classic reading so far.


The Colour Purple (1982) by Alice Walker

I’m always intrigued with books that look at American social culture and the position of African-American women in the southern states of America. This one I’ve heard should be on allllll TBR’s.

Cover shows a drawing of a man, who appears to be made of newspaper and is engulfed in flames, standing on top of some books. His right arm is down and holding what appears to be a paper fireman's hat while his left arm is wiping sweat from the brow of his bowed head. Beside the title and author's name in large text, there is a small caption in the upper left-hand corner that reads, "Wonderful stories by the author of The Golden Apples of the Sun".

Farenheit 451 (1953) by Ray Bradbury

I think this book is on every single ‘book list’ I’ve seen recently such as ‘100 Books you must read during your lifetime,’ or ‘Books you haven’t read yet but must before you’re thirty.’ Those kind of lists make me feel guilty and also add to my never ending TBR pile *whines.*


Ulysses (1922) by James Joyce

I just want to attempt this, at least once.


Slaughterhouse-five (1969) by Kurt Vonnegut

Gah, this book just seems perfect for me as a reader. A satrical novel about World War II told through the life of a chaplian’s assistant, Billy Pilgrim. Really brilliant for a historical fiction adorer, and another I feel I should have read by now.

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The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J.D Salinger

One that I missed out reading during school I feel like this is one of those books I should have probably read, or at least should be getting round to reading. Maybe this Autumn I’ll finally get it finished. Hopefully at least.

and finally

One Hundred Years of Solitute (1967) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

T just finished this and thought it was pretty wonderful, I had a nosy on Amazon and so many readers agree I think this one just had to make this list.

(Bonus book Anna Karenina (1878) by Leo Tolstoy)

There you have it ten (eleven) classic books I still need to get read. What would you add? Which really aren’t worth sticking at the top of my TBR pile? Let me know in le comments you lovely readers.

23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten classic books I want to read next

  1. jenp27 says:

    Nice list! I liked most of them. Ulysses is a challenge. It took my 4 tries before I eventually made it all the way through. On my first try, I gave up very early.

  2. typewriterink says:

    I’ve only read one on this list, and it was Anne of Green Gables. I was super young, though, so I don’t remember much about it, and I’m guessing I only thought it was okay if I didn’t read the rest of the series.

  3. Chris Raiin says:

    Hi Lizzy! Lord of the Flies is a great novel, poignant as all get out! The Picture of Dorian Gray is so-so. Fahrenheit 451 is out there, but definitely worth the read at least once. Slaughterhouse Five was odd, and I think Vonnegut is overrated, but the book’s worth the read, at least to show how literature can be experimental. Speaking of experimental, though, save your time, and run for your life from, Ulysses. Just don’t even bother. Joyce is good otherwise, but this book is the worst piece of literature out there. It’s not worth the headache or the effort, there’s nothing to be gained from it; it’s an ugly piece whose popularity rests solely on the pretentious literary taste of professors so concerned with how smart others think they are that they insist that Ulysses is “the greatest novel of the 20th century” and then lovingly admit that they have no idea what it’s about (it is purposely unintelligible)…”which is the beauty of it.” You have much, much more important things to do in your life than read Ulysses, Lizzy! Taking out the trash, for example, or doing the dishes. Have I overdone it? Maybe. =) Enjoy the others. The ones I didn’t mention, I haven’t read, but would like to. Thanks, Lizzy!

    • littlebookblog says:


      Thank you for all the suggestions about the book! I reallllly just want to try Ulysses. Me and T want to see who can make it through more of it!
      Hahaha I think if taking out the trash is a better past time I might not bother but if I see it in the library I might have a little look sorry!

  4. julietbailey980 says:

    The Picture of Dorian Grey is brilliant – you should definitely read that one first! I’ve always thought I should read The Color Purple too, but it’s one of those (many) books I’ve just never got round too…

    • littlebookblog says:

      I will read it soon! It was supposed to be my last classic book but I read little women and then realised that I’d already read ten and actually had read eleven! But yes, I will read and report back my bookish thoughts!

  5. Nicole.Ilene says:

    Picture of Dorian Gray is the only book I started that I put down and never finished. I love Catcher in the Rye, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Hundred Years of Solitude. Great list!

  6. Marwhal says:

    Great list! My personal favorites from it are A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Farenheit 451. Farenheit 451 is especially haunting from the perspective of bibliophiles!

  7. Lizzy says:

    I read Anne of Green Gables once as a child and once earlier this year and I definitely enjoyed it more as an adult. And it’s such a fun read too.

    Anna Karenina is a huge project and slow going at times but totally worth it

    • littlebookblog says:

      That’s nice to know because I’ve got it just sitting there and I feel I should just get it read.
      I’ve been tempted, it’s sat there on the TBR slowly being pushed to the top! Still need to finish 1Q84 though!!!!

      • Lizzy says:

        Books like that on my TBR pile tend not to be pushed to the top so much as pinned to the bottom by the weight of all the new books I buy!

  8. Kim @ Tranquil Dreams says:

    Nice picks. I haven’t read some of these and the ones I have read was maybe over 10 years ago. I recently just picked up a copy of Catcher in the Rye, hopefully to revisit it again. Anne of Green Gables was one of my favorite book series although I always liked Emily of New Moon a little more. Don’t know why…

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