Top Ten Classic Books I’d like to Read

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This week Today Top Ten Tuesday is all about genre!  I’ve always loved a good Classic.  The styles of speaking and writing often mean most Classics require a larger investment of time and patience, but I actually enjoy this aspect of reading an older book.  I like to think of them as fine wines that deserve to be savored.

1.  Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy-I’ve never read of his works, but I’ve heard this is a good book to start with.

2.  Dubliners by James Joyce-James Joyce has quite an intimidating reputation.  However, I’ve read a couple of the short stories found in this volume, and I enjoyed them immensely.  I look forward to reading the rest.

3.  Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy-I can never leave a bookstore with just one book, so when I found Under the Greenwood Tree, I couldn’t resist taking this one home as well.

4.  Middlemarch by George Eliot-This is another author I’ve yet to experience, but I’ve heard good things about this book.

5.  The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot-Again, I can’t seem to pick just one…

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6.  Villette by Charlotte Bronte-I was absolutely captivated by Jane Eyre, and am now determined to read the rest of Charlotte Bronte’s works.

7.  Agnes Gray by Anne Bronte-I thoroughly enjoyed The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and I am set on reading this as well.

8.  The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton-This book caught my eye while perusing the Classic section of a bookstore.

9.  The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction by Henry James-I can’t resists a collection of well crafted short stories.

10.  Shirley by Charlotte Bronte

How about you?  What is your favorite Classic?  Would you recommend one of these or something else?




  1. Great list! I really enjoyed Agnes Grey. If you haven’t read any George Eliot yet I’d say Silas Marner is quite a good place to start because it’s quite a bit shorter than her other work, I really enjoyed that one.

  2. Great list! Few are on my TBR list as well. I loved The Turn of the Screw, probably not for everyone, but 100% up my alley.

  3. Oh, classics are completely my favourite. I adore Thomas Hardy; Far From the Madding Crowd is wonderful. I really love Jude the Obscure and Tess of the D’Urbervilles too although both are quite harrowing. Two on a Tower is a lovely Hardy book as well. I’ve not read The Age of Innocence but I loved Wharton’s The House of Mirth. And obviously the Brontes rule everything. I hope you love all these books!

  4. I hope to read Far from the Madding Crowd one day! Seems like a very nice story. The other books are unknown to me! Will have to look into those. Thanks 🙂

  5. Love Dubliners and Middlemarch. Studied Dubliners for my degree. I love Romanticism through to Modernism generally.

  6. I’ve been meaning to expand my horizons and try out the less famous Bronte books at some point as well.

  7. I hope you enjoy these classics! 🙂

  8. A fine wine to be savored- that’s a good way to look at classics! I sometimes struggle w/ classics so I’ll have to look at it that way next time. I haven’t read any of these but I did enjoy Tom Sawyer when I read it, and The Black Stallion as well (not sure if that’s considered a classic, but I loved it so much as a kid I kind of consider it one?).

  9. Great list! I haven’t read any classics in a while, even though I really should. Far From The Madding Crowd is definitely one of the classics I’d still love to read!

  10. Classics!!! Yeah I can see why a classics list, they normally aren’t my favorite but I love Kim by Rudyard Kipling so thumbs up… The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction by Henry James I heard is amazing… she ve lways wanted to read it too. 🌟❤️🌈

  11. ‘Greenwood Tree’ is a period drama adaptation that I’ve seen several times, and it sure is sweet! I’ve never read the book (which is the case with 99% of all classic lit). I also like the recent remake of ‘Madding Crowd’ too. Really pretty with great acting. 🙂

    Enjoy these! And thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland.

    • Poinsettia says:

      You’re welcome. I’ll have to watch the adaptations after I read the books and compare them.

  12. Great list! My favorite classics are ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! 🙂

    • Poinsettia says:

      Dracula and Frankenstein are great! Have you ever read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? I highly recommend that as well.

  13. I’ve been meaning to read Villette for years… just hasn’t happened yet. Maybe we’ll both manage to pick it up sooner rather than later. Great list!

  14. Great list! I really need to read more classics.
    I want to read all of the books by the Bronte sisters and also George Eliot and James Joyce.

  15. Great choice of genre! My classics list is forever growing. I loved Jane Eyre too, and I have Villette waiting to read on my shelf. I love John Steinbeck too!

  16. ROFL, we couldn’t be more opposite!! I understand the importance of Classics, but I do not have the patience to get through the style of writing and speaking!! It just makes me lose my enjoyment. But they are popular for a reason! I hope you love all these books and they prove worth your time to savour! I have read Jane Eyre in University English, and really enjoyed that, so I hope your dive into Charlotte Bronte’s other works prove fruitful!

  17. I haven’t read any of these, but I think I’d like to check out Agnes Gray from the Bronte sister I haven’t read yet. Great list!

  18. Hi! I’d recommend The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Old Man and the Sea, Anne of Green Gables. Those are the only ones I can think of right now. Classics are always fun to read in the summer.

    • Poinsettia says:

      Anne of Green Gables is wonderful! I’ve never read the others, but I’ll certainly keep them in mind.

  19. I love your list! Classics can take so long to read sometimes, but it can feel so rewarding! Like you, Jane Eyre captivated me, it’s my favourite classic by far! As for Far From the Madding Crowd, I read that a year or two ago and adored it! I’m sure if you liked Jane Eyre then you’ll love it too. Please let me know what you think once you’ve read it. 😊

    I’m going to add a few more Bronte novels to my TBR, I studied them for in my drama classes at school. I went to their house too, their life is so fascinating! 😁

    • Poinsettia says:

      Thank you! I will definitely read Far From the Madding Crowd since it comes so highly recommended. How great that you went to the Bronte’s house!

  20. I love a good classic once in a while 🙂 My favourites are probably Jane Eyre and Dracula.
    I read Middlemarch a few years ago and I did enjoy it. Also watched the tv series which was quite good.

    I really want to read Far From The Madding Crowd after watching the recent movie version.

    Great list!

    • Poinsettia says:

      Thank you! Yes, Jane Eyre and Dracula are very good. Did you find the tv series followed the book well? Which did you like better, the book or the tv adaptation?

  21. I’m a big Dubliners fan. I studied it in college and it was the first book I read in class that really grabbed me! I read Under the Greenwood Tree a while back, but I can’t remember what I thought about it. I think it’s more light-hearted than most of Hardy’s work. There was a BBC adaptation ten years ago that I was obsessed with!

  22. I really do need to read more classics. I have been collecting them but I don’t make the time for them. I personally quite enjoyed Sherlock Holmes.

    • Poinsettia says:

      I would love to read Sherlock Holmes! I’ve seen Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch, and the older ones starring Jeremy Brett. Both were excellent. I will have to get my hands on the books at some point.

  23. I hope you enjoy Far From the Madding Crowd. It’s one of my (if not it) favorite classics. I loved the characters and the main heroine is so feisty and strong! I’d also recommend A History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding? It’s a bit big, but hilarious and SO fast-paced!

    • Poinsettia says:

      I just looked up A History of Tom Jones, a Foundling and it does sound like a fun book. I’m going to have to add it to my list!

  24. I love your choice to go with classics! Of the above, Edith Wharton is one of my very favorite classic authors – I’ve loved everything I’ve read by her including Age of Innocence. Henry James is also a favorite which I guess isn’t surprising since he and Wharton were writing at the same time and are often compared. The Turn of the Screw is delightfully creepy! As for my favorite classic…that is really challenging. I really love all of Jane Austen’s books with Sense and Sensibility being my fave. I’ll say that for now… Happy reading!

  25. Hope you have fun with them! I don’t gravitate towards classics. I got enough of that during my school/college years and never had a taste for them. Probably a good chunk of that is I dont’ like being told what I have to read and when. lol Made reading for school….challenging.

    • Poinsettia says:

      I was exposed to a lot of classics during school/college as well. I didn’t like everything I read, but it was interesting to try different things. Thanks for stopping by!

  26. I find Thomas Hardy very hard work. But the Age of Innocence is on my TBR as well. My fav classic is Wuthering Heights, but I love nearly all Jane Austen’s books too.

    • Poinsettia says:

      I’ve read Wuthering Heights as well. I think it is one of the most emotionally intense books I’ve ever read.

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