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Leaving the New and Going With the Old – Classics I Own

Reading classics is one of those things that does come up in everyone’s reading life. Either school forces you or someone might comment that you should read your classics. Here is the thing though. Classics aren’t a must to be a reader, and don’t let anyone ever make you feel like that. And like all books, I don’t think the majority of these are for everyone.

Having said that, I personally do want to read classics now and then. I am interested in certain stories by the movies, tv shows and other books that are being inspired by these stories. A prime example of that has to be Pride and Prejudice. Who hasn’t heard of that Jane Austen book? I ended up liking it, actually. But I haven’t had luck with all classics that way. Frankenstein for instance missed its mark on me completely.

Even though I do want to read classics, I struggle picking them up to actually read. A lot of the classics aren’t that easily aproachable in writing style and language, even if the story can be a compelling one. This is what keeps me from picking them up on a whim. It is why I have made so little progress with my loose goal for the year when it comes to reading classics. Up until the end of August I had read zero.

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And yet at the start of September I suddenly read 3 classics in a row. Granted, they weren’t the longest books. But all of a sudden there was this itch and I went with it. I read The Wizard of Oz, Treasure Island and Frankenstein. I have to say that the children’s classics are a lot more easy to get into. I quite enjoyed the simplicity to the writing of The Wizard of Oz.

Having picked up these three I realized how many classics I really own though (and those really aren’t counted along my tbr goal…). I like buying the pretty or cheap small editions of classics. As I am interested in some of them, I feel I want to have them on my shelf so I can pick them up whenever. And some of the pretty editions truly help with that. I also want to get to Roald Dahl’s books. I have read some of them, and maybe more as I can’t remember a lot of the books I read during primary school, but he wrote an awful lot.

So I made a list with all of the books I deem classics that I own in some way. There are some Dutch children books that are a bit on the border of being classics I think at the moment so I haven’t added those right now. Striked means I have read them.

Classics – Read 8/32

  1. Beauty and the Beast
  2. A Tale of Two Cities
  3. The Complete Sherlock Holmes
  4. Alice in Wonderland
  5. The Hobbit
  6. Lord of the Rings
  7. Tolkien, a Dictionary (not technically a classic it self but as it deals with Tolkien I’ve added it)
  8. Around the World in 80 Days
  9. King Solomon’s Mines
  10. 20.000 Leagues under the Sea part 1
  11. 20.000 Leagues under the Sea part 2
  12. Great Expectations
  13. Snow White (Illustrated)
  14. The Time Machine
  15. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
  16. Irish Fairy Tales
  17. Tales from the Arabian Nights
  18. English Fairy Tales
  19. Rip van Winkel, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
  20. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  21. Pride and Prejudice
  22. Northanger Abbey
  23. Emma
  24. Jane Eyre
  25. The Lost World and Other Stories
  26. The Three Musketeers
  27. The Man in the Iron Mask
  28. Madam Bovary
  29. Wuthering Heights
  30. Robin Hood
  31. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  32. Winnetou

Children’s Classics – Read 12/20

  1. Treasure Island
  2. The Wizard of Oz
  3. Matilda
  4. The Wind in the Willows
  5. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Narnia)
  6. Prince Caspian (Narnia)
  7. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Narnia)
  8. The Silver Chair (Narnia)
  9. The Horse and His Boy (Narnia)
  10. The Magician’s Nephew (Narnia)
  11. The Last Battle (Narnia)
  12. The BFG
  13. The Witches
  14. Nobody’s Boy
  15. Peter Pan & Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
  16. Jungle Book and the Second Jungle Book
  17. The Secret Garden
  18. Boris
  19. Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter
  20. The World of Pooh

Audiobooks (Children’s Classics) – read 2/6

  1. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
  2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  3. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
  4. George’s Marvellous Medicine
  5. The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  6. The Enormous Crocodile

Ebooks – read 4/7

  1. The Count of Monte Christo
  2. Les Miserables
  3. Sense and Sensibility
  4. Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  5. Frankenstein
  6. The War of the Worlds
  7. Dracula

So how is reading classics for you? Do you own many classics? Would you like to?

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14 thoughts on “Leaving the New and Going With the Old – Classics I Own

  1. I LOVE the fact you have so much Roald Dahl on here! His books are definitelyl childrens classics, though I’m not sure everyone would agree? I think they are!

    A WARNING ON 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA.

    So. I read this one when I was a kid and I LOVED it. It got me into classics, actually. But the unabridged version of this book is honestly a waste of your time UNLESS you’re really interested in fish. I re-read a couple years ago, an unabridged version, and there are a few hundred pages scattered throughout just talking about different species of fish and their habits and variations. Abridged versions cut this out and while I am USUALLY against abridgments, in this case… save yourself the trouble. It’s a good book… once you minimalize the fish!

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  2. ahhh love your classics reading list.

    And I feel the same way as you do about reading classics. I really want to read more of them but my mind-set has to be right when I pick it up because a lot of them are no light reads haha.

    From what I’ve read so far of adult classics I really loved and I can’t wait to read more.

    And I plan on reading more children’s classics as well. Especially Roald Dahl is on my to-read list. He was a favorite author of mine when I was young and I can’t wait to re-read his books ❤

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    1. True. Though children’s classics can be a bit easier to get through. Same, I want to read more of Roald Dahl. I also have a collection of adult short stories by him that I’ve been meaning to start.

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  3. YES! I am completely with you about how challenging it is to pick up classics on a whim! I am intimidated without even peeking at the pages. It’s so sad. But I’m glad you found some new momentum for your classics reading. How did you decide which books to pick as audiobooks versus not? And could you be adding more audiobooks in the future?

    I don’t own many physical books at all– I just don’t have a lot of space for them. I do own the Complete William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. I hope to read all of those some day!

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    1. Right? 100 classic pages feels like 200 modern book pages, haha.
      Honestly, the ones I have as audio books are the ones I bought for Merijn cheaply to listen to when he is older. I figured I could listen to them too. 😉 If I do find others like it for Merijn I certainly will be buying a few more for him. They are like 3 euro a piece. And I know I used to love having an audio book or sorts on as I played when I was older.

      They do take up a lot of space. I always go back and forth on Shakespeare. I’m not sure if I’d like it (I never had to read it for school). That is why I got A Midsomer’s Night as it is so thin (and yet I still haven’t read it).

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      1. I think that’s a brilliant strategy, actually. I am super picky when it comes to audiobook narrators, though– so I’d do my research before buying bargain audiobooks. That said– where do you find ones which only cost 3 Euros?! I need to shop where you do. 😀

        I love Shakespeare, but it’s hard to read. I’m a fan of watching the show then reading the text over the next week. I find that the visual helps a lot, but I miss some of the words. So this way I get it all and I laugh a lot ,too!

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  4. Ik wilde meteen zeggen dat ik eigenlijk nog niet zo veel klassiekers heb gelezen maar van jouw lijst kan ik er eigenlijk wel enkele afvinken. De boeken van Roald Dahl, maar ook Alice in Wonderland, Het parfum, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, (Alleen op de wereld las ik vroeger ook) … Binnenkort ga ik voor mezelf ook eens een lijstje maken met klassiekers die ik al las en de enkele die ik misschien nog wel wil lezen. Want eerlijk is eerlijk, veel van hen spreken me niet meteen aan.

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  5. I have read a lot of Classics, but I am old(er), ha ha. I AM a classic! I have some in hardcover here, but many of them were my grandmother’s and mother’s books and those are still at my mother’s house. I am hoping to get those down here to my house sometime soon. I have a ton of free and 99¢ Kindle Classics editions. I have found classic reads and re-reads have been easiest via audiobooks. I have War and Peace and Ulysses to tackle in audio form. Wish me luck! I will say you are doing pretty well for your young age, though. 🙂

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