Ten Classic Books I Want to Read Again

Summer is here, which often turns my mind to books. I love to read though, so really books are often on my mind, not just summer! 😛 Still, I’ve been thinking about some of the fiction books I want to read this summer during my times at the beach or lazying around outside.

Besides some “mindless” fiction, I want to re-read some classic literature. These are books that I have read before either in grammar school (7th and 8th grade) or throughout high school and college. Since it’s been so long since I’ve read them, I thought it would be good to re-read some them and see how my older self, with a  new perspective, experiences these books.

I doubt I’ll finish all of them before summer’s end. I actually have 25 classics on my list, not to mention my ever-growing non-fiction book list, plus a list of light fiction books, and then there are the books I want to read Andrew. whew! In any case, here are the 10 classic books that are on top of my reading list:

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. I’ve read this book twice but one can never read Pride and Prejudice too many times, right?

2. The Divine Comedy by Dante. Okay, So i never actually read this book completely the way through; however, I have read enough of the book to consider myself as having read the book. It’s a daunting volume, but I would like to give it a go anyway.

3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Oh, this is right up there with Pride and prejudice, no?!

4. 1984 by George Orwell. The first time I read this book it WAS 1984. LOL!

5. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I remember this book freaking me out as a tween. It’s been so long since reading this, I only vaguely remember what it is about, so it would be interesting if I have the same reaction.

6. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin. Can you tell I’m a fan of her books. 🙂

7. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. I’ve seen a lot of TV and movie versions of this over the years, I’d like to re-read the book. It’s rare that a move ever comes close to being on par with its book version. The book is almost always better.

8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Need I say more? 🙂

9. Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I had a hard time getting through this book in high school. I don’t remember why, but I remember not being able to get into the book or enjoying very much. I’d like to read this again to see if my perception of this book has changed.

10. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. No re-reading of the classics would be complete without reading Gone with the Wind!

Your turn. What’s your favorite classic book (s)? Which classic book (s) would you like to read all over again? Or do you care for the classics at all?? Chime in.

(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday and Works for me Wednesday – because, of course, reading always works for me. 🙂 )


  1. You’ve inspired me. I’m in the middle of a summer of biographies, but as soon as fall comes, I’m taking your list and hitting up the oldies but goodies. 🙂 Thanks for the great post!

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Oh, I like the idea of a summer of biographies! You’ve just turned the tables and inspired my reading list for the fall. 🙂

  2. i just read pride & prejudice for the first time this year… it was a little tough for me to get into the style of writing… i felt like each page took me 10 minutes to read… but in the end, i’m so glad i read it. i just bought 1984 the other day and am hoping to start that one soon. love this list, thanks for sharing!

    • SimpleCatholic says

      It does take a while to get used to the style of writing, but the story behind the writing style is so beautiful…

      You’ll have to come back and let me know what you think of 1984.

  3. Great list! Jane Eyre is my favorite book of all time.

    For me, I would love to re-read anything by John Steinbeck. I haven’t read something of his since high school.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice are definitely my top two.

      A few of John Steinbeck’s books are on the top 25 list I mentioned at the beginning of this post. I haven’t read anything from him since high school, too.

  4. I’ve read 4, 5, 9 & 10.

    I was very surprised by how much I liked GWTW, and could see why David Selznick was so dedicated to making a movie out of it.

  5. Melville was forced upon me in high school, too–and the experience was The.Worst.Reading.Experience.Of.All.My.School.Years. Kudos to you for giving it another try!

    I’ll read Jane Austen again and again–my copies are already ragged–but I don’t get to re-read books very often anymore. My list of new books is too long! 🙂

    • SimpleCatholic says

      I have a long list of new books, too.

      Because reading Melville was so horrible, I almost feel like I *have* to give it another go. 🙂

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