My Classics TBR

Over the years Classic literature has transformed from something that felt really rather daunting and out of reach to something that I actively enjoy engaging with, and this is largely down to mandatory explorations of such texts at school. In my love for deep analysis I found a real love for the types of literature I was studying, and thus my love for classics was born! Despite loving this (almost) genre so much my TBR pile where classics are concerned remains huge, and so I’ve decided to compile a more manageable and realistic Classics TBR which I thought would be fun to share!

I would love to know if we have any books in common (be it that you, like me, wish to read them or that you’ve already read them), and hope that this post perhaps inspires you to read something that wasn’t previously on your TBR!

So without further ado, lets begin!

Modern Classics

Modern Classics are a particular favorite of mine, and so I thought it right that this is the list I should begin with! Some of the novels mentioned are probably considered modern classics in a very loose sense, and this list certainly does not consist only of penguin modern classics! But they are books that I wish to read all the same, and include some of those that I am most excited for!

The Modern Classics that I wish to read include:

The Grapes of Wrath, On the Road, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Rebecca, Atonement, Revolutionary Road, White Teeth, The Color Purple and Swing Time.



My Classics TBR is absolutely huge, but for everyone’s sake I’ve decided to include only novels which I already own!

Classics that I wish to read include:

Sense and Sensibility, North and South, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Middlemarch, Great Expectations, Dracula, A Room of One’s Own, Jane Eyre, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, Wuthering Heights, Little Women, Hard Times and Paradise Lost.




There are a large number of plays that I wish to read, so much so that I’ve had to really narrow this list down considerably for it to be considered reasonable! 

These plays include:

Dr. Faustus, The Crucible, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice.


And that rounds up my realistic classics TBR! I really look forward to making my way through these books, and would love to know if we have any books in common!

Happy Reading!

20 thoughts on “My Classics TBR”

  1. Great list love! I’ve never actually been able to read a classic before! But I’m going to do it one day, some way or the other. Happy reading love and all the best. Stay safe ♥️

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  2. Good luck with your classics reading! Great Expectations, Sense and Sensibility, Dorian Grey and Middlemarch are some of my favorites. 1984 is very intense and worth reading (as is Animal Farm) – Orwell’s relevance today is startling. I used to read a lot more classics and I’ve kind of gotten away from them, but mean to go back. I want to read more by Elizabeth Gaskell and Edith Wharton.

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    1. Thank you I’m super excited to read them!! I’m actually reading 1984 atm and I’m loving it so much omg! I hope you enjoy the classics you read next! Happy reading! ☺️

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  3. Daphne du Maurier is one of my favourite writers, Rebecca and Jamaica Inn are brilliant. Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are excellent too. 1984 is very relevant but I found it hard going, I preferred Brave New World and We. 😊

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    1. I’ve heard so many great things about Daphne du Maurier so I’m super excited to start reading her books!! I’m actually reading 1984 atm and I’m really liking it, but I’ll be sure to add Brave Mew World and We to my tbr! ☺️


  4. Being ancient, I’ve read lots of your classics and can promise you you have some great reading to look forward to! Ones I’ve particularly enjoyed are Nineteen Eighty-Four, Revolutionary Road, and anything at all by Austen or Dickens – you really need more Dickens on your list! 😉

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    1. I’ve recently started 1984 and I’m really really enjoying it!! I’m also planning on reading revolutionary road next! 😊 I actually do own two other Dickens books but my copy of Dombey and Son is so huuuge that i felt too intimidated to put it on the tbr haha!

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  5. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Sunshine Blogger Award. I’m not sure if you do blog awards, but no pressure either way. I just want to express my appreciation for your site, and how much effort you put into your reviews.

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