Classics on my TBR

Last week, I shared with you a list of classics that I feel are worthy of rereading, some of them again and again.  This week, I’d like to share some of the classics on my to-read list.

TBR Classics on Worn Out Pages

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn has been on my TBR for a LONG time!  I’m pretty sure I even have it on my Kindle, having purchased it when it was on a great discount.

“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident.” —Amazon


I remember friends reading A Prayer for Owen Meany in high school.  Because we got to choose many of the classics we read, this one was never made it into my hands, instead I probably opted for memoirs like The Bell Jar, Go Ask Alice, and others that brooding teenagers enjoy.  

“Published in 1989, it tells the story of John Wheelwright and his best friend Owen Meany growing up together in a small New Hampshire town during the 1950s and 1960s. According to John’s narration, Owen is a remarkable boy in many ways; he believes himself to be God’s instrument and sets out to fulfill the fate he has prophesied for himself.” —Wikipedia


Flowers for Algernon is another book that I remember friends reading and really enjoying.  So you could say that I’ve been wanting to read this book since high school.  

“The eponymous Algernon is a laboratory mouse who has undergone surgery to increase his intelligence by artificial means. The story is told by a series of progress reports written by Charlie Gordon, the first human test subject for the surgery, and it touches upon many different ethical and moral themes such as the treatment of the mentally disabled.” —Wikipedia

Though I’ve seen the movie many, many years ago, I’ve not actually read Gone With the Wind.  Though I’m not typically drawn to historical fiction, I always seem to enjoy reading it when I do.  This is a hefty book, weighing in at 960 pages, and most likely the reason I’ve yet to pick it up.  

“This is the tale of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life. A sweeping story of tangled passion and courage, in the pages of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell brings to life the unforgettable characters that have captured readers for over seventy years.” —Amazon


Watership Down has only recently popped up on my radar.  I think what intrigues me the most about this book is that it is about rabbits!  How an adult novel about rabbits becomes a classic just baffles me, so I’m eager to read it to see why it earns such accolades.  

“Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.” —Amazon


I remember my grandmother having a few James Herriot novels around her house when I was a child.  They were large and intimidating to me as a young reader.  This is perhaps that is the reason I never went on to read them in school.  But being an animal lover, I’ve always known that I would enjoy All Creatures Great and Small.  

“For over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot’s marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities. For decades, Herriot roamed the remote, beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eye.” —Amazon

Have you read any of these books?  What classics do you have on your to-read list?  Let me know on Facebook or in the comments below.

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