I’m in shock that we’re fast approaching the 6 month mark of 2020. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been wondering where the time has gone this year! It’s safe to say that, for me, reading has been a massive escape during the weird times that we’re in, and as someone who does actually quite enjoy reading classics, I thought that for the second half of 2020, I would see if I can try and read some.
These are the five classics I would like to try and read this year!
The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells.
I got this beautiful copy of The War of the Worlds maybe a year or two ago now, and it’s a story I know very well… considering I haven’t actually read it! Here’s a fun fact, when I was in Year 12, I was part of a theatre company and we did a physical theatre based performance to the musical of The War of the Worlds!
The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas.
I bought this copy of The Three Musketeers in a charity shop many many many years ago, and it’s still one I’ve not got around to reading! (You’ll probably notice a theme with these books…) Again, I’m sure we all know the story of the Three Musketeers, but I’ve never read this story by Alexandre Dumas. I’m really excited to give it a go, and also…. the cover is just so cool!
Dr No, Ian Fleming.
I actually got this book for a university module in my third year and I never actually read it… considering I graduated a year and a half ago, I definitely should have read this by now! I don’t know what stopped me from reading this, but the James Bond stories are such a classic, and I know that it’ll be something a bit different for me to try. I remember when I got this book, I thought it was one I’d love, and that I’d actually read it but, alas…
No Name, Wilkie Collins.
I’ve mentioned several times in the past how much I love Wilkie Collins. I think he’s one of my favourite authors, and my favourite book of his is The Woman in White, which I studied for my dissertation. Having also read The Moonstone, I felt that it was only right for me to try and read another of his works, outside of my degree. Enter, No Name. Again, this story looks really fascinating, and if The Woman in White was anything to go by, I think this book is really going to be filled with drama and lots of characters who are lowkey really untrustworthy and unreliable. I can’t wait to read it! The only thing that scares me is the length…
Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell.
I know. I’m disappointed in myself too. This is possibly my sister’s all-time favourite book, and of course I’m expecting good things when I eventually get around to reading this! I believe I started reading it when I was doing my A-levels, but I didn’t fall in love with it, and so I didn’t finish reading it. But, it’s one I’ve been meaning to give a second chance to so I hope that 2020 will be that year! I think it would be really interesting reading it now, with all the political things going on around the world, so we’ll see how it goes!
So those are all the classics I’d love to try and read this year! Have you read any of these? What did you think? And are there any classics that aren’t on my list that you’d like to read this year?