All the classics I’ve read

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!

Ally xx

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15 thoughts on “All the classics I’ve read

  1. When I read 1984 a couple years ago, I did not like the story either… but I liked the experience of reading it. I don’t think I would have been able to make that distinction when I was younger, so I’m glad I read it as an adult.

    One classic I read a while ago and want to re-read is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I remember enjoying it, but that’s about it.

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    1. Ooooh interesting! It’s definitely one of those books I want to try to reread now that I’m older, I think I’ll be able to appreciate it more.

      I’ve heard good things about Brave New World! It’s on my “sometime in my life I’d like to read this” list


      1. One of the things I found so interesting was how many things from 1984 have made their way into common usage even among people who I doubt have read the book. I don’t think I would have appreciated that if I’d read it when I was younger.

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  2. *cries* You didn’t enjoy F451? That’s totally valid but I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it!
    I actually haven’t read 1984 but it’s on my tbr for this month (though, I’ll probably end up reading it next month lol)

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    1. I KNOW!! I think I would enjoy it better now, but I think I’d just heard so many good things, and it just didn’t live up to that expectation.

      Oooh I’ll be interested in seeing what you think of 1984!


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