Classic Books I Want to Read

Hello readers!

Some time ago I published a post named Why I read classics + Why you don’t need to, which got me thinking: which are the classics I do want to read, and why? As said in the post, I am rather picky with classics to read, because most of the time I expect their writing to be boring, even in adventure books. So I do quite some research before adding one to my TBR. Also, a lot of the classics I’ve read are Brazilian, so the “international” classics I haven’t read much. Here are the ones I look most forward to!

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To The Lighthouse Virginia Woolf

To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf, is a book I simply cannot believe I haven’t read yet. I really liked Mrs Dalloway and A Room of One’s Own, and I admire Virginia as a writer and person so much! I need to read this ASAP. It tells the story of a family as they travel to an Island in Scotland in the 1900s. Seems to be a very introspective book.

The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway

The Sun also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway. I have some doubts about his writing style, which from what I heard seems not to be my cup of tea, but who knows? I’d like to read something by him and Fitzgerald anyways so I can feel part of the feud they had back then, because VINTAGE TEA WAS SPILLED AND I WANNA BE A PART OF IT.

The House of Spirits Isabel Allende

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende. I fell in love with magical realism after reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, and I really need to read more Latin American authors! This story sounds magical and dark, and I’m so here for it!

The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Mount Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I DNF-ed The Three Musketeers 9 years ago (I feel old now) because I found the writing style not very exciting, so I am hoping that I have a better experience with this one! By the way, you can download it free on Goodreads! The length of this book kind of intimidates me, but I’ve heard such great things about it, and I am sure 17-year-old me would support this decision.

The Price of Salt

The Price of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith! I already talked about this book before, and I bought it in Amazon a few weeks ago. Really looking forward to this LGBT+ classic!

A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, is a classic young adult sci-fi… aaaand I’m sold. The time travel theme sounds fascinating, and I’ve only heard good things about this book! Looking so much forward!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey just sounds so intriguing?? The fact that it happens in a mental hospital really makes me curious. Plus with a 4.18 rating on Goodreads, it cannot be too bad 🙂


In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a classic on non-fiction crime. It sounds like a fascinating read and I’m itching to read this!


I look so much forward to reading Love In Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I loved A Hundred Years of Solitude, so I’m very curious to read this one – I’m just afraid it won’t be as good as A Hundred Years…

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What classics do you love and recommend?

36 thoughts on “Classic Books I Want to Read

  1. hi naty! // There are some classics I am excited to read but those are mostly tales for children. I am currently reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and really enjoying it so far.
    xx linda

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  2. I LOVE one flew over the cuckoos nest. It was my favorite in high school and all throughout my undergrad and grad school, i created projects and lessons that always centered it, even my final project for graduation. It’s so good.

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  3. count of monte cristo was so beauitifully written, the plot and characters were so perfect, it’s one of my favorites!!!! ❤ I can't wait for you to read it ❤ ❤ ❤

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  4. I used to be really big on classics but then I discovered YA and it all went downhill from there lol.
    But some of my alltime favorites are Swann’s Way from Proust, Ladies Paradise from Zola, Notes from Underground from Dostoevsky and A Moveable Feast from Hemingway 🙂

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    • Oh wow, I haven’t read any of those… Thanks so much for the tips! And yes, since discovering YA I have almost to force myself to read classics nowadays… but they are so nice to read it’s totally worth the effort!

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  5. The Sun Also Rises if it is the right Hemingway is about Bull fighting?! Well anyway I read it because of the bull fighting and it was pretty good but still read like a classic! Still his work can be good. Also To the Lighthouse sounds super good! I read Monte Cristo in school and really enjoyed it! ❤ Great list!

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    • It’s really about bullfights!! Oh my god I didn’t remember that from the synopsis, only that it was set post WWI… jeez, think I will add another book by him… thank you so much for the hint! I will read A Moveable Feast instead 🙂


  6. i read in cold blood about 20 years ago and it’s one of the rare true crime books I’ve ever read
    i enjoyed it a lot and will most likely read it again for my reading challenge for the true crime topic

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  7. Good picks, Woolf’s To the Lighthouse is a feast of observation, Capote’s was one of those page turners that is grim but so compelling. Fear not about Love in the Time, although technically less complicated than 100 years’ family tree, it oozes quality writing and is right up there with the aforementioned century.

    Currently I am living in The Philippines and since I landed I have been scouring for good literature and Jose Rizal’s Noli me Tángere is a really good book. I read the English translation and am looking forward to the sequel El Filibusterismo.


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