by Charlotte Reads Classics
Two lads that thought there was no more behind
But such a day tomorrow as today,
And to be a boy eternal.
– The Winters Tale
Reading classics inevitably means looking backwards. Our favourite times have been and gone, people have lived and died, and events have run their course. In some ways, each of our reading days could be the same as they were yesterday.
But we know, as a collective of classics readers that our reading lives will never get stale. Each new book we find takes us to, quite literally another time. And are we not able to define ourselves in the contrast?
In this spirit and inspired by o I’ve put together a list of ten classics that I would like to read sooner rather than later. Five are completely new to me and five are re-reads.
Five classics to move forward:
- The Red and the Black, Stendhal
- The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling, Henry Fielding
- Pamela, Samuel Richardson
- Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope
Five classics of eternal boyhood:
- Middlemarch, George Eliot
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Brontë
- Persuasion, Jane Austen
- The Shooting Party, Isabel Colegate
- The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
Let’s travel the world together.