5 Classics I Want To Read in 2020

Hey everyone!

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?


10 Classics I Want To Read in 2019

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Today, I thought I would do another bookish post, as I definitely haven’t written as much about books over the past year as I’d have liked, which sucks considering I did an English literature degree. Before I get into it, I actually read a post very similar to this one, over on Ally’s  blog, which has inspired today’s Blogmas post, and I would definitely recommend you check out!

For those who don’t know, I did my dissertation on some Victorian literature, and I looked at three of some of the most recognized Victorian novels (Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, and The Woman in White) and I’m so glad I chose these novels because they really got me into reading classics. Before hand, I was far more interested in contemporary novels, because I found them easier to read which is by no means a bad thing, but it just meant I actively avoided reading the classics.

Some of the books below are probably considered to be more “modern” classics, but I still want to read them all the same, so without any further ado, let’s get started!

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  • The War of the Worlds, H.G Wells
  • The Invisible Man, H.G Wells
  • The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger
  • No Name, Wilkie Collins
  • The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
  • The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  • Jamaica Inn, Daphne Du Maurier
  • Dr No, Ian Fleming
  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books, and what you thought of them!


Summer TBR List 2017

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It’s become a bit of a tradition of mine to do an annual Summer Reading List on my blog. I have always enjoyed reading, and the summer holidays are always the best time to get loads of reading done, especially when you’re an English Literature student and need the summer to catch up on reading before the term starts again! So, without any further ado, these are the books I plan to read this summer!

So the first three books I’m going to start off with are ones I’m actually already reading, and they are:

On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

I’m like halfway through this book so far, and honestly, I’m struggling to find the motivation to finish it. I’m not sure what it is about the book, because it’s not a bad book, but there’s something about it which hasn’t really grabbed me yet. I have a really bad track record of not finishing books, and I’m trying to make sure I finish them more often now, so hopefully I will end up finishing this book by the end of the summer!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I’ve never read Alice in Wonderland, and the main reason I’m reading it is for my dissertation, and I’m definitely enjoying it so far! I’ve now finished Alice’s Adventures and am on to Through the Looking Glass so I’m looking forward to finally saying that I’ve read the book! But because it’s for my dissertation, I feel like I’m going to be re-reading this several times over the next year and hopefully it won’t ruin the book too much for me once I’ve actually finished my dissertation…

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

9780140264074-us-300I’ve never read Lolita, but I’ve heard so much about it, and the main reason I’m reading it is for university (not for my dissertation though!) I downloaded it on my Kindle with the Audible thing that you can get as well, and I think listening to it makes it a bit easier to concentrate on the actual text, but I’m only like 20 pages in. I’ve never listened to a book before, so it’s been quite interesting reading and listening to a text at the same time, but I think it’ll definitely be useful for when I go to South Africa next week, because I’ve got about ten hours of listening time left (apparently) and the flight is about twelve hours, so…

Fever Pitch, High Fidelity and About a Boy by Nick Hornby

The next three books are ones I need to read for one of my modules (surprisingly, I need to read Lolita for the same module but hey). I think I’m most excited to read About a Boy because I absolutely bloody love the film so I’ve got high hopes for it! I’ve heard a lot of great things about Nick Hornby’s books so I am also looking forward to reading the other two books on this list too.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

tumblr_inline_nkt2t9npDv1t8rophI know I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but I’ve been meaning to read this for years. I haven’t even watched the TV series that came out recently, because I wanted to read the book first (but knowing me, I’m probably not going to watch the series until next summer). So many people have said how it’s such a great feminist text, and how it’s especially relevant in today’s society as well so I really need to get my butt into gear and actually try and read something for fun this summer! (Although, is “fun” really the right word for this book? It sounds very serious)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This is another book that I’ve been meaning to read for a while now, and similar to The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s one that is relevant in today’s world for a very different reason. I’m not going to go to much into the plot, but it sounds like an incredibly powerful text and very eye opening too for people who live outside of America, and the communities who deal with these problems and situations on a regular basis.

The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley

This is another one I need to read for my dissertation and I remember when I was little, my mum always tried reading it to me and my sister, but I don’t think we ever paid much attention to it, so we never got to the end of the book- much to my mum’s disappointment, as it was her favourite book as a child! However, I do plan on reading it this summer (not that I have much choice) and hopefully I will enjoy it more than when I was little! I don’t actually know too much about the plot but I’m optimistic that it will be an enjoyable read!

So those are the main books I plan to read over the summer! There are a few more which I need to read for different modules etc which I haven’t included on this list, but that’s because this list would go on forever and ever if I included every book I need to read, so I thought it would be best to leave it there for now, and see how I get on!

How many of these books have you read? Which was your favourite? Are any of these on your Summer TBR? Let me know in the comments!

-The Storyteller


Classics I Need to Read

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I am a big book nerd, as I’m sure many of you know, and along with studying English literature at university, that means I’ve read a lot of books. I have to say, classics are probably the books I’ve read the least, just because they aren’t always my first choice unless I have to read them for my course. I don’t know why this is, maybe because they’re known for being slightly more difficult so I just avoid them. However, there are a few which are on my TBR, so I thought I would list them!

1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I remember back in Year 12 we read an extract from the Victorian classic, and ever since I’ve wanted to actually read the whole story. I know pretty much what happens anyway, as I’m sure everyone does, but I just remember finding that extract so captivating and beautifully written that I needed to get more out of it!


2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I’m living in Winchester, which is kind of Jane Austen territory, and I’m also an English literature student- and I still haven’t finished Pride and Prejudice. I think the closest I’ve got to it is watching the Bridget Jones films countless times because I relate to her on so many levels, and it’s also loosely based off the novel anyway. I do also have a really pretty edition of it so I think it’s about time I start reading it.


3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I think this counts as a modern classic, but a classic all the same and another book I haven’t read. I remember my sister reading The Book Thief a few years ago, and I was put off by the size of the novel. The story certainly interested me, but I just never got around to reading it. I have seen the film adaption which came out a few years ago, but I’ve heard it doesn’t compare to the book, hence why it is on my list!


4. Dracula by Bram Stoker

Last semester I did an American Gothic module, and although we didn’t focus on Dracula, it was brought up in a few lectures and it’s been on my reading list for at least a year. I don’t tend to delve into much horror or Gothic fiction, which is partly why I want to read Stoker’s classic because it’s such a classic story and I feel like a bit of an impostor because I haven’t read it yet!


5. 1984 by George Orwell

I know, I know… To be honest I did start reading it, but at the time I didn’t really get the plot so I stopped reading it quite early on, with the intention of picking it up again but I never got around to it! I really do need to read 1984, especially because of all the political shenanigans that have been going on recently- I think it would make for an interesting read!


Those are just a few of the classic books that I would love to get around to reading at some point in the near future! Hopefully once my term finishes I will have more free time before I become a third year and start my final year at university!

Have you read any of these classics? Are any on your TBR list? Let me know in the comments!

-The Storyteller

Summer Reading

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As I’m sure you’ll know, the summer holidays are the best time for getting good, solid reading done. Or so it should be. Usually, over summer, I will be constantly reading new and exciting books, but this year hasn’t exactly gone so well…

You might remember that I wrote a Summer TBR List a little while ago, and most of the books on my list are books I need to read for my second year at uni. One of the modules I will be studying is Victorian fictions, and I am slowly but surely getting my way through the reading list. I am currently on page 35 out of around 800 of Middlemarch by George Eliot, and this is the fourth out of seven books on just one reading list… 

I do still have time to finish it and all, but it’s not grabbed my attention and the pure size of the books puts me off a little bit. The other books I’ve read so far included The Jungle Book, Sherlock Holmes and The Time Machine, which are all fairly normal sized books and I was actually interested in the content. But with Middlemarch, I’m starting to think that it’s going to be that one book I never want to see ever again.

Of course I’m going to give it a chance, as I’m not even a quarter of the way through yet… But it’s just so long! Also, I think the fact that these are books I have to read makes reading over the summer less fun, because I don’t have the free choice of reading whatever I like. Classics aren’t really my go to choice of reading material- I would rather read an action packed fantasy like Throne of Glass or perhaps something humourous  and realistic such as The Rosie Project… I suppose I did ask for this when I made the choice to study an English literature degree!

So, my reading game is not on point this year, to say the least. I mean, I’ve read four books since June… Five if you’re including The Cursed Child… And what am I doing about that? I’m complaining about it through a blog post…

-The Storyteller