As the picture suggests, I read many of the Twain classics as a boy, and this is a photo of the cover of one of my most treasured books. It was given to me by my uncle, who helped foster my love of reading constantly adding to my collection of books
In a world, where the future of new printed books is changing so fast that nobody knows where the eBook rabbit hole will lead. I look back on many of the great books that I had read since I was a child. Thanks to Goodreads for allowing me to catalogue them.
The thing that struck me the most was the lack of top classic books that I had read. I was astonished – just what the bloody heck have I been reading for the last 30 years? But more importantly, what was I going to do about it.
What are the classic books which you have always meant to read, but which just seems to languish at the bottom of your ‘want to read’ list?
Here are some of the titles that I still have to read (taken various all-time 100 lists.)
Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
To kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
All the Kings men – Robert Penn Warren
Spy who came in from the cold – John Le Carre
Go tell it to the mountain – James Baldwin
Don Quixote – Miguel De Cervantes
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
Three men in a boat – Jerome K. Jerome
The picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
The old man and the sea – Ernest Hemingway
I could go on really, but you get the picture. There are many more books that I still have to read. Another thing that dawned on me was that I clearly need to read a few more Dickens books.
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