#5OnMyTBR | Classics

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Hey, friends! I know this post is a day early! Tomorrow I have a very exciting review for a blog tour, but I had already written up this post before our dates were selected! Shhhhh… we will just pretend you are reading this tomorrow! But I can’t even begin to tell you all how many times I’ve vowed to read more classics. I feel like some years I do a decent job, but for the most part… I very much slack with reading classics. And I almost feel like it gets worse and worse the older I get. I mean, a lot of that is because so many classics are problematic as all hell, but there are still a few that I really hope to eventually read in my lifetime! Also, I asked on bookstagram what were some of my friends’ favorite classics and the response really helped me make this TBR list, so thank you so much if you answered my question! Okay, let’s get into it!


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)

“My good opinion once lost is lost forever.”

Might as well start this list out with maybe the most beloved classic of my friends! Okay, I have read this, but it was during high school and… it’s been many years ago now! So I’m saying this is back on my TBR, because I would love know my thoughts on P&P in 2020!


The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982)

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”

Speaking of very loved classics, I feel like I couldn’t have made this list without including this one. Not only is this a sapphic classic about two Black girls, I believe it is also told in the form of letters and… so much for me to love.


Sula by Toni Morrison (1973)

“It was a fine cry – loud and long – but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow.”

In August, my friend Jaime read this because it was the monthly pick for The Stacks Podcast Book Club and I knew this would be a book that I would have to pick up very soon! (I’m writing this post a little early, but by the time you’re reading it, their podcast episode will be up discussing it!)


Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)

“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.”

This one honestly makes me giggle to think about! Okay, listen… I know this story, but I am very unsure if I’ve ever actually read this very large tome before. But I do have a very strong feeling I will read this one maybe much sooner than the rest on this list.


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)

“I like good strong words that mean something…”

Everyone always says that this is the classic for people who don’t love classics. I’m not sure how true that is, or how influenced that is by the newest adaptation, but I can’t even begin to tell you how many people have not only recommended this to me, but promised me that I will fall in love with it too!


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32 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR | Classics

  1. I still haven’t read Little Women either, but I know it’s very well beloved 🙂 The thing about classics is, as an ESL they can be really hard to read 😅 As the result I didn’t really enjoy them since it’s hard to empathize with the characters or understand the social settings when you don’t understand what’s going on… There are some that I enjoyed, such as Dracula and Frankenstein, but I find that I can enjoy the story more when I read the translation rather than in English haha 😀

    I do have some classics on my TBR though: Little Women, Paradise Lost, Inferno, Anna Karenina (even though this book is thick 😂) and The Scarlet Letter 🙂

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    1. no no i understand completely, i truly feel this so very much! and this is so valid, truly. but i love this TBR list though a lot….. and i hope we both are brave enough to read and love anna karenina one day, sweetheart! 💕💕 (you always make me smile so big)

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  2. I just checked out Sula from the library last week! The Color Purple is also one I’ve been meaning to read for a while. P&P is on my TBR for this fall, I haven’t read it since high school either! I want to read/reread Jane Austen books in publishing order though, so we’ll see how long that takes 😀

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  3. P&P is also on my list! But unlike you, I only got halfway through it in high school but really want to reread and finish it! And I’ve read 50% of Little Women so far! It is so lovely and truly one of the most understandable and cute classics I’ve ever read! Great TBR, Melanie!!

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