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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: I Can't Believe I Haven't Read These Classics

Today's Top Ten Tuesday (at the Broke and the Bookish, as always) is top books from any genre that you can't believe you haven't read. The only genre that I'm fairly consistent about is, yep, classics. So here are some of the classics that I really should have read by now:

1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: I know, I know, I'm a Russophile and ashamed. One day...

2.  The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky: I'm a Dostoevsky fan. I've even been to good old Fyodor's house. I've read several of his books, and I even have this one.... but it's been sitting on my shelf forever.

3.  The Enchanted Wanderer by Nikolai Leskov. Yes, more Russian lit.

4.  Anything by Virginia Woolf

5.  Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott: This seems like one of the classic of all classics. I'll get around to it some day.

6. Anything by Emile Zola

8. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo: I finally read Les Misérables in 2013 and loved it, so this is definitely one to read in the near-ish future, like when I'm not in school. I adore the musical (not the Disney movie, the French stage show), so I have high hopes for the book.

8. Howard's End by E.M. Forster

9. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: As a German enthusiast and a lover of Prague, I really should have read this book by now. I think it's because I feel like I ought to read it in German that it never gets done.

10. Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin: This isn't one that I feel like everyone should read, but I'm embarrassed because I've started it twice and never finished. As with the above, it's probably time to put down my German copy and buy a translation, otherwise it will take me eons to get through it.


  1. Great list! I remember enjoying the first half of The Idiot but don't remember much of my impression of the latter half. I might have to revisit the book one of these days...Howard's End was a very interesting read though. I also hope to get around to some Emile Zola this year :)

    My TTT

  2. I forgot about Emile Zola.... I never had even heard of him until I got into the Classics Club and I've been reading the classics all my life! So this year it's my goal to read one of his books.
    I had War and Peace on my list too.... someday I'll get around to reading it.

  3. There are some books on this list I need to read too haha!! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday if you wanna check it out :) http://bookbabble.weebly.com/blog/top-ten-tuesday1

  4. For someone with an English degree, it's amazing how many classics I haven't read yet! The only one off this list I've read is HOWARD'S END. It was quite awhile ago, so I don't remember much about it. Probably due for a re-read.

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!