TBR Classics

20 Apr 2015

I get so distracted by new contemporary releases when I should also take even a little bit of time reading some books for the past that I would class a classics. Today I thought I would share with you some of the classics that I plan on reading in the hopefully not so different future. 

All J.D Salinger. I have read the Catcher In The Rye and I keep saying that I am going to re read t and I think I will be doing just that over the summer. From what I remember I loved it and Salinger's writing and so I want to experience some more of his great work and so I pan on reading everything he's written that is available. From what I know about the 3 books shown in the above photo, they include stories of the Glass family; mum, dad and seven children. I think I may find it hard to explain the ins and outs of this reoccurring family especially due to the fact I haven't read it so I'm going to direct you to this video of Charlotte's which gives a great explanation if you're interested in these 3 of J.D Slalinger's books.

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. This is one classic I already own after buying it back in summer with his amazing book In Cold Blood which I needed for college and I thought I would pick this one of Capote's up as well. I also started reading it and it wasn't that bad however, from what I can remember it didn't have chapters which I always find a bit inconvenient and causing me to lose my place which is exactly what happened. I will be picking this up again sometime though. 

To Kill A Mocking-bird by Harper Lee. I know, don't kill me on this one; I'm appalled at myself for not reading this book as of yet. A lot of people my age read it at GCSE but I didn't have that choice. My mum has her copy from when she was younger still and she's told me I have to read it and that she's also extremely shocked that I've never read it before and so I will be reading this soon.

Lolita by Vladmir Nabakov. I don't know whether a classic but it's a penguin classic so I'm saying it counts. I don't actually know much about this book other than it's quite weird and disturbing and while that may make a lot of people take a step back from the book, it just draws me in, in intrigue. A quick synopsis; it's about Humbert who's fallen in love with Lolita who is his landlady's twelve year old daughter. In an attempt to get close to her, Humbert agrees to marry Lolita's mother. When Lolita starts receiving some attention, he takes on a "cross-country misadventure". Slightly weird but one I'd love to read. 

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I don't just own this book but also all Douglas Adam's books after they were on offer on the Book People back in September. I tried to read it but didn't get into it but I still want to try to read this book again along with the other books that remain untouched on my shelf.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. Again, not sure whether it really is a classic but a very popular book that I am very close to buying. It's about the Lisbon sisters all of which end up committing suicide. It's told in the point of view of a group of boys who admired them for a distance before they died and still worshiped them after the death. There's so much in the book world been said about this book which usually means that I have to read it!

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Back when I ran a little book network on tumblr, the lovely Joy mentioned that this was her favourite book. When I read the synopsis I wasn't that interested but I've seen this around a lot over the years and that must mean it's good and worth a read. It's about a female named Esther Greenword who's talented and successful but she's about to have a breakdown. The synopsis on good reads is actually pretty vague but after reading it, I'm more and more intrgued. 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This was my favourite film as a child. It's probably been around ten years since I last watched it though but now I really want to read the book about orphan Mary Lennox who moves to her uncle's estate. She discovers an arch to an overgrown garden which she begins to transform. While there in the manor, she discover a secret; her cousin Colin who lived high up in the house who has massive tantrums that no one know how to deal with. Mary's aim is to get Colin to see the garden. I mainly want to read this to connect back to my childhood and to read the beautiful story that it is. 

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald. I really tried to like this book but I just didn't understand what was going on. My attempt was a few years ago and before the film came out. The film was definitely not a favourite but I was able to infer from it the actual plot of the book and so I hope that one day I will go back and give it another attempt.

The Day Of The Triffids by John Wyndham. This is at the top of my TBR right now. I love the film that use to always been on the TV and while slightly creepy one I loved and I really just want to read the book and I love the bright colours on the cover! This will be one of the next books I'll buy I think and I can't wait to read it!

This is quite a hefty list especially when I think that it's just the classics I'd like to read. What are some classics you want to read? Have you read any of the ones mentioned?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x
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