Classics (by men) I want to read

This afternoon, I write my last final of my first semester of law school! Wish me luck!!!

I haven’t read very many classics. I find a lot of them are written in English that’s hard to understand, or they’re just not well-written and I don’t understand the hype. I also think a lot of classics are just not good. I tried to read Sanctuary by Faulkner a while ago and it was SO BAD, which is too bad because it sounded super interesting but it wasn’t. I stopped reading it like four chapters in.

But there are still lots of classics I want to read and think will be worth it. So here’s the list of classics by men that I want to read. The bolded ones are ones that I own.

  • V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennesse Williams
  • Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy by John Le Carrรฉ

Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Which should I try to read first? Let me know!

Ally xx

35 thoughts on “Classics (by men) I want to read

  1. Some of these I read in high school: Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, and Lord of the Flies, but did not like them- they were required in literature class.

    Les Misรฉrables- that book is not just a book to me. It is very meaningful. My love for the story began with the musical, which led me to read the book. A very long book, but worth it- even the tangents are worth it.

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      1. Tip: when reading the book, use the musical to help you understand what is going on in the book. It sure helped me. I wrote in songs when a scene that represented a song showed up.

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      2. Even in scenes that were not from the musical- I still used the musical to help me understand what was going on. It was great help for every single scene.

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  2. I find that Faulkner’s stream of consciousness writing style difficult. For me it’s hard to follow.

    I’ve read 5 on your list with a recent reread of Dorian Gray; which I didn’t love as much as I did some 10 years ago in college.๐Ÿ™ I really enjoyed The Glass Menagerie, Of Mice and Men and A Clockwork Orange.

    Les Miserables is on my list and I think I’ll finally get to it this year. There is an extreme buddy read going on a Goodreads group. It’s going to last the entire year. The moderator has it broken down to nice manageable chunks, so it doesn’t seem so intimidating.

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    1. So glad you agree!! It was just such a hard read!

      That’s the worst! That’s always the struggle with rereading old favourites I guess. But good to hear you enjoyed the other ones!

      Oooooh I’ll have to look into that! It would be way easier to read it in small bits!


  3. Most of these I read in high school. Loved Of Mice and Men and The Glass Menagerie. Didn’t like The Great Gatsby but I think it’s because I’m really not interested in the 20s era. A Portrait of An Artist is in stream of consciousness so it will take some adjusting to; our class boycotted it. Les Miserables is my favorite on the list. I fell in love with the play first and then read the book. Though long, it’s a great read. My Modern Library Classics Book Club has Clockwork Orange on the list for this year at some point. Can’t wait.

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  4. Oh goodness, I’ve read a lot of these. Of them, the ones I liked best are The Glass Menagerie (I’ve also seen it done as a play, which I recommend) and The Portrait of Dorian Grey. My least favorites are the Steinbeck. He and I do NOT get along. However, a lot of people love his work so hopefully you will enjoy the read!

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  5. I really want to read Dorian Gray! I’ve read the Great Gatsby and loved it, though I think it does have some mixed opinions. I also read The Lord of the Flies, and generally I enjoyed it- the ending wasn’t what I expected though!

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  6. Do you have the same list for woman authors? Because Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book haha ๐Ÿ˜€

    Of the ones you listed I have read The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, and The Glass Menagerie. I wasn’t a fan of Dorian but I know a lot of people liked it. Lord of the Flies was too disturbing and graphic for me so I hated it. The other three were good, but not my favorite classics.

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    1. I do!! I published it ages ago though, so maybe it’s time to do an update. Pride and Prejudice was definitely on it!!

      That’s good to know about all the other ones! I think I’ll just go into them all with low-ish expectations, and hopefully be surprised!

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