I usually do one TTT a month, but I haven’t felt that excited by the prompts in July. Luckily for me, this week’s theme is a freebie – whatever you want it to be! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where each week you write a list of ten particular books.
I have been thinking a lot this month about my TBRs (and completing them before the end of the year), and thought I’d turn it around and look at all the books that will probably never be read by me. I thought it would be worthwhile to focus on classics.
I find there’s something about classical literature that always hovers at the back of your mind. As if to say, this book was determined as Good hundreds of years ago, so read it and gain understanding! Don’t get me wrong, I actually really enjoy reading classical lit. But in amongst all of the constantly new releases and all of the genre lit I enjoy, I think it’s time to accept I’m not going to get around to reading all of these books. And so behold a list!
And FYI I’m talking about the Western canon right now, because I should definitely be reading more classics not originally in English. (A couple of books on this list are French or Russian but like… they are often counted as Western lit whereas classics such as Things Fall Apart are not, despite being written in English… Judge for yourself.)
Anne Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
Is the movie peak aesthetic? Yes. Am I going to read almost one thousand words of self-insert fiction? No. Sure it might be ‘the world’s greatest novel’ or whatever but like… it’s long. Also War and Peace has been waiting patiently on my bookshelf for years and I think I’ll finish one extra-long book of translated Russian fiction before I tackle any other!
I’ll just watch the film.
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Vampires – I’m just not that into them!
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
This one I actually really want to read! But with so many newer books on my TBR I highly doubt I’ll ever get around to it. I’m sure the dystopia about burning books is always an eerily relevant book to read as censorship/freedom of speech is endlessly debated, however.
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
You know, I’m aware this isn’t a very long book, and also that Mary Shelley is credited with inventing sci-fi and all but this is honestly not even a book I’ve intended to read ever, despite what I’m sure it can teach me.
Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
I tried to read this book once and I’m pretty sure I didn’t even get to Jean Valjean arriving at the convent so, that’s that!
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
A scathing indictment of the British public school system or a cynical take on human nature in general? Either way, I’m holding off for now.
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
A Great American Novel! Anyway I googled it’s famous opening line and it was actually pretty funny. Still not going to read it though.
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
What is this even about? All I know is that this too, is apparently an American classic. Alas, it has never even found a place on my TBR.
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
I would actually quite like to read this one, as in I hope to. I just don’t think I will. Mostly because its uh pretty long.
The Lord of the Rings – J. R. Tolkien
Not to continue committing sacrilege and just watch movies over reading the source material but… sometimes there is a lot of source material and one finds it a little dense. This series I know I’m never going to read precisely because I’ve owned all three books a very long time and I have never made an attempt at reading them beyond a quarter of the first. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
If you are wondering why this list contains so few female authors, it’s because I’m far more likely to actually read those, such as my sudden Jane Austen read. OTOH, making this list has been quite invigorating. I freed up a lot of room on my reading list!!
What classics are you probably never going to read?