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8 Classics I Want To Read In 2018

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. 

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Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

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. 

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Dr. Jekyll and My Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

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. 

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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. 

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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. 

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The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

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. 

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1984 by George Orwell

I think now more than ever this is a novel that I need to read considering the political climate around the world. A dystopian future is looking more and more possible with ever passing day. 

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4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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. 

You can find the Goodreads page here

Those are the Classics I want to read in 2018. 

Do you want to read any of these?

Or are there some others?

Thank-you for reading, 

Katie x 


  • JJ @ This Dark Material

    Ooo, lots of excellent titles on that list! I can highly recommend Handmaid’s Tale, Bell Jar, Lolita, 1984, and Rebecca. (The rest are lovely as well!) I think you’re going to really enjoy working through them all this year 🙂

    • Katie - A Novel Idea

      I think I’m going to start with Handmaid’s Tale soon, I really want to watch the series for it too.

      Katie x

  • Charlotte

    Rebecca is one of my FAVOURITES. I reckon you should give Wuthering Heights a go if you haven’t; you have to plough through the first few chapters with the WORLDS WORST NARRATOR but once you get to Nelly it’s so much more readable.

    Also, you might have read it but The Great Gatsby is one of the greatest novels ever written 😍

    Damn I love classics

    • Katie - A Novel Idea

      I’m looking forward to Rebecca!
      I tried reading Wuthering Heights a few years ago and just didn’t get on with it. DNF’D it. I’m determined to finish it this time though!
      I read The Great Gatsby for my A-Levels. I like it but I think having to read it over and over again pulling it apart diminished my enjoyment…that and I struggled with Nick as a narrator.

      Katie x

  • lauren

    ive been reading 1984 for a bit now and everyone promises me that the second half is really good but i cant seem to get to it! im really struggling with it haha

    • Katie - A Novel Idea

      I’ve heard this from a few people now. I’m stubborn when it comes to reading, so if I start it I will have to finish it. Which is fine, except I can’t read more than one book at once so it’ll probably mean I’m stuck on it for ages! I think I might go for 1984 over the summer…try and get through it quickly.

      Katie x

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