6 Classic Books I Haven't Read Yet

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Following on from my 5 Popular Fantasy Books I Haven't Read Yet post, I figured I would chat about some classic books sitting on my shelves that I haven't yet read. Unlike the fantasy genre, I haven't ever really delved too much into classics. Wuthering Heights is one of my all time favourite books, but apart form that, I haven't read many others, which is something I'm looking to change over the next few months.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women was everywhere for a short while a few months ago, mainly because Hollywood came out with yet another film adaptation of the book. I still haven't seen the film, but I fell into the hype of picking the book up!

The story follows four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth & Amy, living and struggling through the American Civil War, and honestly, I really don't know much more than that, in fact, I don't think I want to know much more than that. I think going into a book not knowing much about it is more often than not leads to the best reading experience - after all, there's no spoilers & no expectations!

War of the Worlds by H.G Wells
This is one of the books in which I have seen the film to. I've seen the 2005 film adaptation of this book countless times (I actually really enjoy the film despite quite a lot of others not agreeing). It's a very short book, sitting in at just 192 pages, which is bizarre to me, as the film is pretty action packed and full of drama, so it's hard to imagine how they fit all of that into less than 200 pages - unless Hollywood have added a whole bunch of extra stuff in (which wouldn't surprise me).

This classic story is about aliens who invade England in huge, three legged machines. Consuming all in their path with a heat ray and spreading noxious toxic gases, the people of the Earth must come to terms with the prospect of the end of human civilization and the beginning of martian rule.

Sounds pretty cool, right? This book, which was originally published in 1898, is considered the book in which most alien plotted books, films, comics etc is inspired from, and it's probably the book I'll pick up first out of this list!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This is a book in which I've also seen the film of. Unlike War of the Worlds, I actually didn't like the film version of this one. In fact, that alone led me to including this book in my Books I Own But Probably Won't Read post. However, since then I've seen LilyCReads on YouTube talk about this book and she can pretty much sell me anything at this point. She said how the book ripped her apart and I've since done my own research on the book and I have come to find that a lot of people feel the same.

The story follows 13 year old Conor, who doesn't have an easy life. His mother is suffering from cancer and he gets bullied in school, not to mention he is experiencing terrible nightmares. However, at seven minutes past midnight, a monster appears at Conor's bedroom window, but it isn't the monster Conor is expecting. This monster is here for one purpose... to tell Conor three stories in exchange for the truth. Conor begins to learn that things aren't always as they seem and right and wrong are not so easily defined.

The idea for this story was actually Siobhan Dowd's, who passed away from cancer before she finished the book. From what I can gather, Siobhan Dowd wrote a plot and a first chapter before she died, and Patrick Ness finished the book for her.

Maybe I judged this one too soon (and also judged it based on the film, which is never a clever thing to do). I think I'll hang onto this one for a while longer and hopefully pick it up some day soon!

Peter Pan by James Matthew Barrie
Now I know what you're thinking; how could I have not read this childhood classic?! Of course, I had the much shorter book when I was younger, but let's face it, that had more pictures than actual story. I haven't ever read the actual full-length book and when I saw this particular copy of it, I knew I had to pick it up; the cover is so dreamy and beautiful - just look at it!

This classic book tells the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous little boy who refuses to grow up. He lands in the Darling's proper middle-class home to look for his shadow. He befriends Wendy, John and Michael and teaches them to fly (with a little help from fairy dust). He and Tinkerbell whisk them off to Neverland where they encounter the Red Indians, the Little Lost Boys, pirates and the wicked and cruel Captain Hook.

I've heard the book is a little darker than the cartoons make it out to be and I've heard some people describe this book as a bit too brutal for a children's novel, but I shall pick it up one day and see what I make of it!

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austin
This is such a cult classic and I've yet to actually read it! I feel like this is one of those books that you're made to read in school and break it down and assess it. It's without doubt Austin's most famous novel and is renowned as a British classic masterpiece.

The story follows Elizabeth Bennet and the romantic clash between her and Mr. Darcy, which explores themes such as social position and women's choices in marriage - remember, this book was published in 1813 and during Austen's time, marriage was the only option a lot of women had.

I can't really comment too much more on this book as I've yet to read it, but I feel like this will be one of those 'ahh - I finally read it!' moments when I do eventually get round to picking it up!

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Admittedly, this is a book I know very little about despite owning it, so I did have to conduct a little bit of research for this little section of this blog post.

A Tale f Two Cities is a historical fiction novel in which Dickens tell the story of the storming of the Bastille, some fifty years after it happened. I've heard that unlike his other work, this book is a lot darker and less humorous.

Again, just like with Little Women, I think that books are much better experienced with very little prior knowledge, and the little bit of information that I have read on this story, tells me that I'm more inclined to pick this one up sooner rather than later. I love a dark, historical fiction novel and this one sounds perfect for exactly that!

Have you read any of these books? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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