Classics TBR Shortlist

I admit that I’m not a massive reader of ‘the classics’ but sometimes I’m in the mood for reading something a bit more aged and, often, well-known. Sometimes because it makes me seem very sophisticated, but also because I think you can learn a lot from reading them!

I like to put together TBR (to be read) shortlists, so I can dip in and out from it whenever I choose without feeling daunted by the sheer amount of books that I haven’t yet read. Here are a few of the classics I need to read soon!


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, in my mind, is one of the great classics that everyone must read. I just haven’t read it myself yet… Oops? My favourite classics are the modern classics (The Catcher in the Rye, anyone?) so I’m sure I’ll get along fine with this!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a book I’ve been meaning to read for absolutely ages. For some reason, I just haven’t done so yet! Very soon, I promise!

I’m not sure when I first started to want to read Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier but I’ve wanted to for absolutely ages now (there’s a bit of a theme here!). I’d really like to read more gothic fiction and it just sounds so good!

There is no book that scares me more than The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. There’s a lot of pressure to enjoy it and so that’s very daunting and I’ve tried to read it a few times now but it just hasn’t clicked and I’ve had to put it down. Wish me luck with this one!

Finally we have Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and I have no idea why I want to read it because – HELLO?! – I do not like the idea of reading it because I’m sure that it will take me ages. I don’t have time to read books like that! Maybe I’ll just have to brave it…


Which classics do you want to read soon – or one day? Have you read any of these?

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    10 September, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I haven’t read To Kill A Mockingbird either if that helps and I’m 25!
    Rebecca is one of my all time favourite classics! I really enjoyed it!
    Also a classic to recommend is The Woman in White! My favourite book ever!


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    10 September, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve read To Kill A Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby and absolutely loved them! I read Pride and Prejudice a couple of years ago but I didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to.
    I really want to read Rebecca too, it does sound so good and intriguing!
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    Jess @myreadingdress
    10 September, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I’ve read all of your TBR and will definitely say that you’re in for a treat! I adore Pride and Prejudice to pieces and Rebecca (which I finally picked up last year after taking a gothicism course) just enthralled me! I’ve read a chunk of the more popularised “classics” and am now just making my way through the lesser known ones–I’m hoping to pick up Villette soon! Fantastic post 😀
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    10 September, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I read to kill a mockingbird in school and actually really enjoyed it! I think I understand classics a lot better if I read them in school for some reason, because unless its an assigned reading I seem to do really badly! Rebecca and The great gatsby have been staring at me on my shelf for ages! I’ll get to them eventually I’m sure 😀
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    10 September, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I have read all of these, excluding The Hobbit. Rebecca is by far my favorite of the bunch and a favorite in general, but I also highly enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby. I liked Pride and Prejudice as well, but I’m not crazy over it like many others.
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    Jesse Owen
    11 September, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I rarely read classics to be honest – the few I’ve tried I haven’t been able to finish 😮

    That being said I did read and enjoy The Hobbit (though couldn’t get into the Lord of the Rings trilogy itself at all).
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    Rebekah@Reflections of a Bookworm
    11 September, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read any of these books yet either haha but I DID get halfway through Sally Beauman’s retelling of Rebecca and it was soooooo good….then I can’t remember why I put it down. It probably gave me the heebie-jeebies 😛 Great post, Lucy 🙂
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    Katie @ The Book Sphere
    11 September, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    The Great Gatsby is my all time favorite classic! Closely behind it follows To Kill a Mockingbird and Pride & Prejudice. All such amazing reads. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on them! I read The Hobbit in high school but it took me FOREVER to get through and I think I’m due for a re-read of it. I think I want to read the LotR trilogy first, though, because it’s been calling me to it (like the ring calls everyone).
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    11 September, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Eeeek THIS MAKES ME SO EXCITED. I’ve read all five and I enjoyed them all immensely. 🙂

    In particular, Rebecca is INCREDIBLE. I don’t know any other bloggers who have read it and urgh. SO. GOOD. Gorgeously Gothic and full of beautiful descriptions – I just LOVE it! Also, I have a feeling you’ll really enjoy Pride & Prejudice. I mean, Lizzie is one of my ultimate literary heroines – I mean, CAN I JUST BE HER?

    I also adored The Great Gatsby (both movies are also great)! Also, the last paragraph of Gatsby? STUNNING. Same goes with To Kill a Mockingbird – such a fascinating and enlightening read!

    Ah and finally The Hobbit. Like the others, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It’s just a sweet little novel which showcases fantasy at its very finest (a.k.a. I WANT TO LIVE IN A HOBBIT HOLE).

    Oooh and I know you already have this TBR, but if you liked The Catcher in the Rye, The Bell Jar is a must-read. Easily one of my all-time favourites.

    FEW. Sorry for the ramble (may or may not be procrastinating from my maths homework by commenting on ALL my fav blogs haha!).
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    Jennie May
    11 September, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Rebecca is incredible, it very quickly became one of my all time favourite books!

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    14 September, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby are fantastic books. (To Kill a Mockingbird is actually one of my favorites; I’ve read it a couple times.) I’ve also read Pride and Prejudice but unlike the masses, I wasn’t a fan. Unfortunately I haven’t read Rebecca yet but it looks fantastic 🙂
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    14 September, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I’ve read all of those except The Hobbit. I think you’d really enjoy Jane Eyre!
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    Tanya Patrice
    14 September, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve been dipping into genre classics lately, and I’m starting with a few books by Ray Bradbury. I have no idea why – other than I picked up 1 book by him and decided to read more.

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    Rachel @ Booktastic Reviews
    21 September, 2014 at 2:51 am

    I read The Great Gatsby for school and more or less enjoyed it (I’m not much of a classics person)! I’m really looking to get into classics though so I’ve been reading more as of late, even though they do take me a while to get through. -.-
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    Georgia (The Bibliomaniac)
    22 September, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Pretty photos Lucy!! I really want to read The Great Gatsby and To Kill A Mockingbird soon. I’m about to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a comedy spoof novel (which is totally my thing xD) but I’d like to read the original alongside it as well, haha!
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    18 July, 2020 at 8:37 am

    The hobbit is on my favorite list! I read it more than 5 times. It is awesome. By the way, the photo looks amazing. Thank you so much and carry on!
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    18 July, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Love this photo! The hobbit is on my favorite list! I read it more than 5 times. It is awesome. By the way, the photo looks amazing. Thank you so much and carry on!
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    18 July, 2020 at 8:40 am

    That photo is nice! The hobbit is on my favorite list! I read it more than 5 times. It is awesome. By the way, the photo looks amazing. Thank you so much and carry on!
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