10 Classics I Haven’t Read Yet

Woo, so here goes. I may have to revoke my Book Nerd membership card after this one, a list of classics I *gasp* haven’t read yet.

There’s a reason books are called classics, right? They transcend time, speak to millions, and have a fantastic story that is impossible to put down. But then there are the wonderful new books coming out ALL. THE. FREAKING. TIME. How do you fit in something that probably already has a movie* (or multiple… here’s looking at you, Pride and Prejudice) when there are so many great books to read? I’ve had some classics on my To Be Read list for ages, but something else always catches my eye. So today, I embarrassingly show off ten of the classics I just haven’t read yet.

  1. Lolita – I have no desire to read about a grown man lusting after a young girl, just gives me the heebie jeebies!
  2. War and Peace – Have you SEEN the size of this thing? ‘Nuff said.
  3. The Catcher in the Rye – Nothing against this one, just have never managed to pick it up and actually read it. Do you like it?
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird – Another that I would really, really like to read but just never got around to it.
  5. The Old Man and the Sea – I will probably NEVER EVER pick this book up. The teacher that I absolutely hated my senior year of high school forced the class to read it. I ignored it, didn’t want to pay attention because he swore it was his favorite book. I guess I was spiteful in my younger days. (And seriously, that’s the limit of my “rebellious stage”. And Ernest Hemingway will always remind me of the cranky old man. (Although I did read A Farewell to Arms, and enjoyed that!)
  6. Little Women – I had an elementary school teacher read these to our class aloud. It was just so boring to my little mind, that I usually had a hidden book in my lap that I was reading while she was droning on.
  7. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mister Hyde – This is one of the books that I will read… eventually. I swear.
  8. The Bell Jar – I’ve heard of it. It was the “hot” book to read in one of my college classes. The premise just didn’t interest me.
  9. The Jungle Book – I picked this up once, and promptly put it back down. I’ll stick to Disney’s version of this story. I know it’s a product of it’s time, but the language and racism is a bit too much for me.
  10. Charlotte’s Web – Seriously, guys, a talking spider? Those suckers don’t need to talk. They’re already creeping me out. But the movie was cute.


pinterstAnd many more. Maybe I was a brat in high school, and just didn’t want to read what others told me I had to read. That’s when you read all the classics right? In high school? I remember arguing with my 11th grade high school teacher that I would read two books for every book he wanted us to read in class that I didn’t “like”. He agreed. Sure, I did twice the work, but I read what I enjoyed, and that lead me to be the book worm and nerd that I am today.

What classic haven’t you read yet?


*Yes, I know the book is always better then the film.


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