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I recently decided that I was going to take part in Pretty Book’s 2016 Classics Challenge. This is definitely something new for me, but I recently noticed that I don’t read that many books considered classics since I graduated from high school and I also haven’t really read any American classics, so I want to try and amend that this year.
Here are some of my recent pick of books that I want to try and tackle this year:
1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
This was the pick for a book club I recently joined and it’s given me a chance to read a book that wasn’t really on my radar previously.
2. Great Expectations/A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
I have a really pretty edition of these two books (two books in one) and it’s been on my shelf for years (it was on sale…). So, I thought this year could be the year that I actually read it.
3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath is a book that I view as a great American classic, so I wanted to give his other works a try. Starting out with something small.
4. Beloved by Toni Morrison
I feel as if Morrison is just a must read book before you die.
5. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Alvarez
I found this book (and the next pick) at a swap meet when I was thinking that I haven’t read a lot of literary fiction.
6. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I didn’t know how highly regarded this book is! I think after I read it I’ll be in on some sort of secret.
7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
For some reason I feel like a bad American for not having read this book, if not that, than a bad previous high school student because sometimes I feel as if everyone and their grandmother has read this book.
8. Persuasion by Jane Austen
I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time last year and I loved it. I didn’t know I was going to love it so much. I don’t even know why I love it, but I do. I want to give this book a try next.
9. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I have the beautiful B&N classics edition of this book, well technically my niece does. I’m planning on asking her if I can borrow it.
10. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exuprey
Since the movie is being released, I want to give the book a re-read.
Those are my top ten picks. I would love to hear some classics recommendations! Whether it’s children’s, contemporary, etc. Any would be appreciated.