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Top Ten Tuesday: Classics I've Been Waiting For

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fly honeys at The Broke and The Bookish

This week's question is all about the classics. 
Since they are down with interpretation, I'm sharing my top ten classics I really need to read!

First, the classics that I've never read and really, really want to.

I mean come on. As an Arthurian legend dweeb, this really should have been read by now!

SFF with humor that's quoted all the freaking time. I need to get on this! It sounds delightfully silly but also insightful and well written. 

True story: when we drove to TX a couple years ago, I got this on audiobook. I loved it. So did Andrew. But he wanted to read it and not listen to it so we had to stop. I've been intrigued by the start of this book for years now and just haven't committed to the physical copy! GAH. 

This is one of those books that even my non-reader friends have read and loved. Which really says something, don't ya think?

I fell in love with Margaret's writing with ORYX & CRAKE. This book is on all the lists always. It's also on my shelf. I need to read this dystopian! 

And now to the classics I'd love to revisit sometime soon!

Meg and Charles Wallace are siblings who follow their lost father into the 5th dimension and it is all sorts of wacky and beautiful and mystical. This is one of the most beautifully written and intelligent children's literature books ever.

I first read this book when I found out it was C.S. Lewis's go-to classic when he didn't feel well. I read it for the first time when I was at home sick and the friendship between Mole, Badger and Toad lends itself nicely for quite the adventure and a deeply soul satisfying read.

This series will forever be among my favorites because the characters are so deep and rich. They are flawed yet redeemed by their actions. They get lost, but find hope again. Also it's such a well developed fantasy world with a myriad of enemies that you can't help but get wrapped up in the world of Narnia!

Here's the deal. I know I read this for high school and I remember thinking it was good. But I cannot for the life of me tell you why! I need to revisit this classic and explore one of the very first dystopian novels. 

Also one of the copies I own is legit that gorgeous new black & white cover and I can't waitttttt.

Did any of these make your list?
Let me know!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I literally WANT and NEED to read every single classic on this list. I love classics and am almost ashamed at some of these that I haven't read already. I love your list, though, because it has good world-building on it. The word classic doesn't have to mean romance! Great list, friend.

    1. Classics are hard, though! Especially because they are typically bigger than the books published now, you know? Well not GoT but the rest of them. :) ALL THE WORLD BUILDING ALWAYS.

  2. yay!!! A wrinkle In time!! that one made my list. I loved that book as a child. Looking forward to re reading it someday with the little girl. :)

    Pride and Prejudice.. of course. I think half my list was Jane Austen. :)

    1. Seriously, how great is AWiT? A perfect one to read with your kiddo! So many great characters to model after.

      Jane Austen is Queen.

  3. I've been wanting to read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Fahrenheit 451 for the longest time! And 1984 is one of my favourite books! I read it while I was at school but didn't really study it until I was in college (and even then we only spent two weeks on it, which was a waste of time). Great list :)

    1. Isn't it a shame to think back at the books we had to read in HS that were actually awesome that we didn't appreciate? Wahhh!

  4. My dad has been pushing me to read A Wrinkle in Time for ages now {it's his childhood favorite}, but I keep pushing it off! Maybe I will tackle it, along with a few other classics, in the fall :) And always, ALWAYS, Jane Austen. I love her work.

    Great choices!

    Bella @ Ciao Bella

    1. Oh yes do please read AWiT! It reads so quickly so it's hardly even an investment in your busy TBR time!

  5. 1984 is one of my favorite books! So glad that so many people are also in love with this book. :)

    1. I just need to read it and remember what happens!

  6. Great lists! I haven't read all of these, but if I were to go back and read one again it would be A Wrinkle in Time. It would be interesting to see what I would get from it now.
    I like Farenheit 451, but Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury is my favorite one of his Kind of the same with George Orwell, I like 1984, but Animal Farm is my favorite.

    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is awesome! Read it, but don't bother with the 2005 movie. Ever.

    And at the risk of revealing my sensitive side :), I would also like to go back someday and reread Beauty by Robin McKinley.

    1. I haven't read any Robin McKinley. I KNOW. For shame.
      I will skip the movie, thanks!

  7. I totally missed your list this week! It's okay, I'm here now. ;)

    I here Dune is really good but it reminds me of someone traveling through the desert, which is NOT at all my type of thing.

    The way you feel about 1984 where you know it was good but cannot remember why is exactly how I feel about Brave New World. :/

  8. P&P you MUST jump on soon! Also, I think you'd really appreciate The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's just hilarious. As for the others...I'm right there with you!


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