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    Anna Karenina
    Wuthering Heights
    Tess of the D'Urbervilles
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    The Crucible and Of Mice and Men - only because I had to for GCSE English Literature
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    (Original post by MissBeautyUK)
    Anna Karenina
    Wuthering Heights
    Tess of the D'Urbervilles
    I haven't read those yet but it's on my list
    I've read:
    Emma
    Northanger Abbey
    Pride and Prejudice
    Jane Eyre
    And I'm going to start reading A Tale of Two Cities
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    I've read some of the hound of the baskervilles and some of great expectations and they've given me confidence that English isn't my subject because I just can't finish the books.
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    A Streetcar Named Desire, tried Wuthering Heights but so confusing, Pride and Prejudice, Of Mice and Men.
    Don't know if these are 'classics' but have also read 1984, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Catcher In The Rye.
    Currently reading Lolita but have many other classics collecting dust on my bookshelf
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    (Original post by MissChameleon)
    I haven't read those yet but it's on my list
    I've read:
    Emma
    Northanger Abbey
    Pride and Prejudice
    Jane Eyre
    And I'm going to start reading A Tale of Two Cities
    That's so good! I really recommend reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles - it's a tear jerker but it's amazing!
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    (Original post by hollyshoreyxxxx)
    A Streetcar Named Desire, tried Wuthering Heights but so confusing, Pride and Prejudice, Of Mice and Men.
    Don't know if these are 'classics' but have also read 1984, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Catcher In The Rye.
    Currently reading Lolita but have many other classics collecting dust on my bookshelf
    I got so confused with Wuthering Heights too - I ended up researching the story!
    The others are classics - I really want to read The Catcher in The Rye, apparently it's really good
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    Try reading a modern classic - We need to Talk about Kevin. Catcher in the Rye is a bit meh. *

    To Kill a Mockingbird is brill.*
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    I've read a few- Animal Farm, Oliver Twist, Little Women, A Christmas Carol out of choice, then Lord of the Flies was compulsory GCSE reading. Tried reading Pride and Prejudice but didn't find it easy.
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    (Original post by MissBeautyUK)
    That's so good! I really recommend reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles - it's a tear jerker but it's amazing!
    I'll add it too my list
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    the charterhouse of parma
    of mice and men- GCSE
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    Not sure if all of these count as classics but....

    Of Mice and Men (for my English GCSE)
    1984
    War of the Worlds
    The Three Musketeers
    Various Sherlock Holmes stories
    Black Beauty

    Got a few on my reading list too including;

    Wuthering Heights
    Tess of the D'Urbevilles
    Lolita
    Little Women
    To Kill a Mockingbird
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    The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster. My best friend lent it to me and I really enjoyed it! It's set in the future where the world relies so heavily on technology and what happens when that technology stops working. Such an interesting read and it really makes you think, especially since it was written so long ago!
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    (Original post by MissBeautyUK)
    I got so confused with Wuthering Heights too - I ended up researching the story!
    The others are classics - I really want to read The Catcher in The Rye, apparently it's really good
    I think Catcher in The Rye is a book that you have to reflect on after for it to have any significance/impact otherwise it can seem dull, but definatley and interesting read imo. For wuthering heights i was researching every chapter but in the end i was reading more of chapter breakdowns than i was the book
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    (Original post by squeakysquirrel)
    Try reading a modern classic - We need to Talk about Kevin. Catcher in the Rye is a bit meh. *

    To Kill a Mockingbird is brill.*
    Catcher in the Rye is one of my favourite books wtf
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    I've read quite a bit of classics so I'll just list a few:

    Crime and Punishment (ugh)
    Catcher in the Rye (ugh)
    Hound of the Baskervilles (ugh)
    To Kill a Mockingbird (looove)
    In Cold Blood (great)
    A Passage to India (mmm, meh)
    Hard Times (meh)
    Great Expectations (loove)
    Jane Eyre (ugh)
    War of the Worlds (chore)
    Dracula (looove)
    Picture of Dorian Gray (loove)
    The Mill on the Floss (great but a chore)
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    (Original post by MissBeautyUK)
    I got so confused with Wuthering Heights too - I ended up researching the story!
    The others are classics - I really want to read The Catcher in The Rye, apparently it's really good
    Same with Wuthering Heights. my class had to do for A2 coursework and I refused to do it because it was so confusing! I absolutely hated it!

    Nooo, Rye is such a dire novel!
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    Have read/reading:

    - 12 Years A Slave
    - Of Mice of Men
    - Romeo and Juliet
    - Macbeth
    - The Great Gatsby
    - Oliver Twist
    - Alice In Wonderland
    - DR Jekyll and Hyde
    - Lord Of The Rings
    - The Hobbit
    - Dracula

    Books that I will be buying soon/are next:

    - Great Expectations
    - Pride and Prejudice
    - To Kill A Mockingbird
    - The Picture of Dorian Grey
    - The Secret Garden
    - Jane Eyre
    - A Tale of Two Cities
    - A Clockwork Orange
    - Catch 22
    - Lord of The Flies
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    1. Things Fall Apart - China Achebe - 4/5
    2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou - 5/5
    3. And Still I Rise - Maya Angelou - 4/5
    4. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - 5/5
    5. Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood - 5/5
    6. Persuasion - Jane Austen - 4/5
    7. Emma - Jane Austen - 5/5
    8. Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin - 5/5
    9. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks - 4/5
    10. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum - 4/5
    11. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury - 3/5
    12. Agnes Grey - Anne Brontë- 4/5
    13. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Brontë - 5/5
    14. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë- 5/5
    15. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë- 5/5
    16. Evelina - Frances Burney - 5/5
    17. War With the Newts - Karel Capek - 4/5
    18. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote - 5/5
    19. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carrol - 5/5
    20. The Awakening and Selected Stories - Kate Chopin - 5/5
    21. Sister by a River - Barbara Comyns - 3/5
    22. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad - 4/5
    23. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens - 4/5
    24. A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens - 5/5
    25. Notes from the Underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky - 3/5
    26. Castle Rackrent - Maria Edgeworth - 4/5
    27. As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner - 4/5
    28. Maurice - E.M Forster - 4/5
    29. The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammet - 3/5
    30. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne - 5/5
    31. The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories - Ernest Hemingway - 3/5
    32. The Old Man and The Sea - Ernest Hemingway - 5/5
    33. Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse - 4/5
    34. The Woman in Black - Susan Hill - 4/5 (I'd argue it's become regarded as a modern classic of gothic fiction tbh)
    35. I Served the King of England - Bohumil Hrabal - 4/5
    36. Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow - Ted Hughes - 4/5
    37. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson - 5/5
    38. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson - 5/5
    39. Daisy Miller and Other Stories - Henry James - 4/5
    40 The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories - Henry James - 4/5
    41. The Cone Gatherers - Robin Jenkins - 3/5
    42. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee - 4/5
    43. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier - 5/5
    44. The Ballad of the Sad Café - Carson McCullers - 5/5
    45. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell - 5/5 (I'd count it as a Modern Classic tbh)
    46. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov - 5/5
    47. Beyond Good and Evil - Friedrich Nietzsche - 5/5
    48. Coming Through Slaughter - Michael Ondaatje - 3/5
    49. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath - 5/5
    50. Ariel - Sylvia Plath - 5/5
    51. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D Salinger - 5/5
    52. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare - 5/5
    53. Macbeth - William Shakespeare - 5/5
    54. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley - 4/5
    55. Antigone - Sophocles - 4/5
    56. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark - 5/5
    57. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck - 4/5
    58. East of Eden - John Steinbeck - 5/5
    59. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson - 4/5
    60. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy - 5/5
    61. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - Winifred Watson - 4/5
    62. The War of the Worlds - HG Wells - 4/5
    63. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde - 3/5
    64. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Tennessee Williams - 4/5
    65. A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams - 5/5
    66. Flush - Virginia Woolf - 4/5
    67. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf - 5/5
    68. Orlando - Virginia Woolf - 5/5
    69. Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf - 5/5
    70. Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid (Essays) - Virginia Woolf - 5/5
    71. A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf - 5/5
    72. Lady Chatterley's Lover - DH Lawrence - 4/5
    And I'm currently reading The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare too

    Soooooooo, not too shabby - starting my English degree next month, so I'm hoping all this reading of classics will come in handy

    P.S I've included books I feel like are significant literature and can no longer ascribe to being contemporary literary fiction - also thank f*ck for Goodreads lol.
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    Have read some classics yet:*

    Delusions, Confusions (Fontane),
    Stoner (Williams)
    Beneath the Wheel (Hesse)
    Of mice and men (Steinbeck)
    The Catcher in the Rye (Sallinger)
    The Clown (Böll)
    The Runaway Jury (Kafka)

    Some short novels by Camus and a lot of Dramas (Goethe, Hauptmann, Brecht, Dürrenmatt etc.)

    I just like classics. Some of them are even timeless in my opinion!
 
 
 
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