I've never really been someone that read classics unless it was for school, the only one I've ever read off my own back was Dracula and though it's one of my favourite novels now, at the time I really struggled with it. I've never been a quick reader when it came to pre 20th century literature but University has forced me to become one. Which I'm incredibly grateful for. It's also pushed me to expand my reading tastes and as a result I want to attempt to read more classics for pleasure rather than for an exam. Here are the eight I'm hoping to read this year.
2. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
As I mentioned before one of my favourite classics is Dracula, the other is Frankenstein. Both novels of the gothic genre. I want to give Northanger Abbey a go as it's a bit of a mickey take of the gothic genre. From what I understand the main character is infatuated with gothic romance novels and as a result is convinced that other characters are vampires. I can't wait to give this a go.
This gives me The Bloody Chamber vibes and I'm so excited to read this. The title character isn't actually part of this novel, not in the traditional sense. Rebecca is the first wife of Maxim de Winter and seems to have passed away. The book is from the perspective of his new bride and how she learns about what happened to his first wife.
I remember watching The League of Extraordinary Gentleman and loving the character of Jekyll and Hyde, after that I decided that one day I was going to read Jekyll and Hyde. Well, I've decided that this is the year! I'm excited to look at it with a literature students perspective too. I think it'll offer some interesting insights on the evil inherent within man.
I don't know a massive amount about this book. I just know that quite a few people in my A-Level lit class had read this and recommended it. From what I have gathered I believe it's about a mans disturbing obsession with a twelve year old girl. It's one on the literary bucket list I want to tick off.
This isn't the happiest of novels by any means, it follows Esther Greenwood throughout her life. From her job at a ladies magazine through to her attempted suicide and her re-entry back into the world. Much like The Mayor of Casterbridge I don't think this is a novel to be enjoying but one to be studied and appreciated.
If I remember correctly then I do believe that this is one of my friends favourite books (Jack, sorry if I got that wrong) and I've always heard fantastic things about it. It follows a teenager named Holden Caulfield as he's just been kicked out of his fourth school. It sounds like a coming of age novel and I'm really looking forward to reading this.
After hearing how well received the Tv adaptation of this series was I knew I wanted to read the book. It sounds phenomenal if decidedly terrifying. In this world women are no longer allowed to read and certain women, dubbed handmaids are valued for nothing more than their ability to procreate. It sounds like an incredibly powerful read.