Hello, friends! On Wednesday, I talked about some classics by women on my TBR that I want to read, and next week I’m going to be talking about classics by men. But today, I thought we could talk about the classics that I have read! Which, granted, isn’t many. But I thought it could be fun to go through and give them short, one-sentence reviews.
So I hope you enjoy my quick reviews of these classics, most of which I read years ago.
The War of the Worlds by HG Wells: read this for an undergrad English course, and probably hated it more than it deserved (I hated my prof). It’s actually super interesting, I think it’s just not super well-executed.
Beowulf: read this for the same English course, and did not like it. I didn’t understand anything. I hated my prof’s analysis. But I can respect the book.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and My. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson: I read this for the SAME English course (someone guess what the theme was), and thought it was bad. Not terrible, and I understand why it was so new and interesting when it was published, but I don’t understand why it’s still so loved.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: I read this a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. It was very much a me book. Would recommend.
Macbeth by Shakespeare: probably my favourite Shakespeare I had to read (basic, sorry). The only one I would consider rereading.
Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare: I obviously know the story of this, but I do not remember reading it at all. I do remember the adaptation with Leo DiCaprio, though.
The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare: hated this, sorry. Thought it was boring and bad.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: I loved this depressed bitch! Really connected with certain parts of it lol
1984 by George Orwell: tbh I did not finish this, and really did not like it. I think I just tried to read it when I was too young, so I’ll probably give it another shot eventually.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov: one of my favourite books of all time, sorry not sorry. It’s so beautifully written. I will kill anyone who calls it a love story or who feels bad for Humbert Humbert, though.
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis: I love the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian, but don’t remember much of the other ones. I read them when I was really young and loved the magic of them.
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson: I stole a copy of this from my high school because I wanted to know how it ended lol and everyone in my class thought I was insane (I had only been at this school for like two weeks lmao it really didn’t help my social standing).
The Outsiders by SE Hinton: love the Outsiders, not a fan of S. E. Hinton’s twitter ramblings but also she’s an old woman with twitter, so I let it slide.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman: one of my all-time favourite short stories. I wrote many a feminist essay dissecting this in high school, much to the chagrin of my trying-to-be-a-good-ally-but-also-not-wanting-to-be-attacked English teacher.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: did not like this, and I really don’t understand the hype around it honestly. For a book about burning books, it was kind of boring from what I remember.
So there we have it! All the classics I’ve read (not including Sanctuary by Faulkner because I only got like one chapter into that before putting it down)! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? What are some classics you think I should read? Let me know!