Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we all get to exercise our OCD tendencies and come up with bookish lists. If you’d like to play along, check out this post.
It was difficult for me to be honest with this week’s top ten list. There’s an urge (I don’t know if it’s societal, familial, or a leftover from the snobbery of academia) to make myself seem smarter, better informed, more ‘intellectual’ than I actually am. For instance, my first version of this list included Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. But as I was revising, I kept thinking, “There’s a reason I’ve never read that book, despite being a Spanish major in college. I never wanted to read it.” And I suppose I still don’t. Lest you be completely scandalized, I did read some of de Cervantes’ short stories (aka I’m not completely ignorant). Still, it took a few tries to make this an honest list, one that contains books I really am excited to read… at some point in the future.
Top Ten Classics I Want to Read
1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
2. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
3. Beloved by Toni Morrison
4. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
6. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
7. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
8. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
9. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
10. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
What books would make your list of classics to read in adulthood?