Five Classics I am {almost literally} Dying to Read

 I (still) cannot read, so with the logical goal of torturing myself, I’m just going to write about all the classic lit I WANT to read but sadly CAN NOT. (Long story short: I got a concussion. Details here). Also, I am aware that the P&P Book Thieves are technically on hiatus, but screw that. I vill blog when I vish to blog (don’t hate, Clara).

The general goal is to get at least some of the following read this summer, but I’m not sure how much time I’ll have, what with working and blogging and editing my novel and packing for college, but I can dream, right? The rather frightening thing is I’ve already committed myself to a joint read of War & Peace with a friend. I am actually VERY EXCITED about this because a.) I am reading WAR AND FLIPPING PEACE, b.) I am reading it WITH A FRIEND and c.) I rather enjoyed the 2016 BBC drama, but I have a feeling the book is going to be even better.


The plan is to do a series of blog posts over the summer with my thoughts on the grand Literary Dragon W&P, but all that will be more definitely explained in another post. In the meantime, here’s everything else I’d like to try to squeeze in this summer (or just sometime this year. Or next year. Basically SOMETIME BEFORE I DIE I WILL READ THE FOLLOWING NOVELS):

1.) North & South {by Elizabeth Gaskell}

I’ve owned this book for ages and flipping through it last night, I was reminded HOW MUCH I WANT TO READ IT AND LIKE IT. I want to try to read more Victorian lit, and I have not read any Elizabeth Gaskell yet. I’ve heard North & South described as a hate-to-love romance threaded into a Victorian social commentary (though, honestly, what Victorian novel isn’t also social commentary?). Also, I saw the first episode of the drama ages and ages ago with a certain friend (actually the same friend I am going to be reading War & Peace with)…and I didn’t like it at all. In my defense, I had only ever seen Richard Armitage as Thorin and I couldn’t handle him tall and un-bearded. I also really did not like the main female character–Margaret, I think her name is? But since I did only watch the first episode, maybe I should try the show again after I have read the book?

2.) Lady Chatterley’s Lover {by D.H. Lawrence}

I received this book for Christmas…I find the premise very intriguing, and flipping through the other night, it seems to be rather erotic and explicitly passionate. I admit it, I’m curious. Classic Literature+Sexual Tension=INTERESTING THINGS. (I don’t mean this in a perverted way. I just think it’ll be interesting to read some “canon literature” that deals so openly with sex because you don’t really see that kind of thing in the more stigmatized capital-C Classics).

3.) Frankenstein {by Mary Shelley}

I have never been much interested in Frankenstein. I always saw it as sort of the proverbial, dull Monster Story. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked when I watched John Green’s Crash Course on Literature video for Frankenstein and Mary Shelley (part 1, part 2). I am not a huge fan of John Green’s novels, but I watched a ton of the Crash Course on Literature YouTube series to prepare for my AP test, and John Green has definitely convinced me to look into reading some classics I had never considered before. Point and case: Frankenstein, which apparently is less of a blasé horror story and more of a showcase of typical Romantic themes. I found the Romantics sort of tiresome when we went over them in school (you can only call nature “sublime” so many times), but upon learning that the majority of the principal Romantic poets/authors were friends, I’m reasonably intrigued. I think it’s fascinating when a time period’s literature and poetry is defined by an interconnected group of people; it somehow humanizes the authors and poets in question, while simultaneously showing the brilliance of a group of friends who were just writing for the heck of it. So, Frankenstein is now on the TBR. Also, can we talk about Percy Shelley’s literal hard heart?

4.) Crime & Punishment {by Fyodor Dostoyevsky}

I’ve been sold on this book since one blogger explained it as the story of a young man who murders an old lady with an ax and then spends the rest of the book trying to sufficiently justify his actions. I mean, how could I walk away from a hook like that? (I’d give credit to the blogger in question if I could remember who it was…whoever you are, THANK YOU). As evident by my soon-to-be-attempted foray into War & Peace, I’m interested in reading some Russian Literature, and Dostoyevsky seems a good an author to start with as any. Granted, I probably won’t get around to reading Crime & Punishment this summer…maybe this fall? Next summer?

5.) One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest {Ken Kesey}

I actually know very little about this book. Apparently, it has strong anti-authority and Screw the System themes, and one of my teachers called it “disturbing.” Yes, please.

Et Cetera:

  • Poetry a la The Romantics (specifically Percy Shelley, John Keats, Wordsworth, and the rest)
  • More by Jane Austen! (I have not yet read Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Emma.)
  • More by F. Scott Fitzgerald (It’s been almost three years since my One Night Stand/ Literary Love Affair with This Side of Paradise’s Amory Blaine, so I think I’m long overdue for some more Fitzgerald).
  • A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway (Clara has read this and I have not, which doesn’t seem quite right since she’s not really into Classic Lit.)
  • The Tennant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (I’m trying to read everything by the Bronte sisters, and I think this is the next best place to go after Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, both of which I loved).
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. (Again, I’m curious.)

Also: four songs that I am currently obsessed with: History Maker (Dean Fujioka), & Summertime & Bulletproof Heart (My Chemical Romance), & Untitled, 2014 (G-Dragon).

Further Life Updates: I am watching K-dramas now? (Shhh it’s cultural). I just finished Boys Over Flowers and OH MY GOODNESS was it fantastic. I will perhaps do an analysis/review of the drama later, if anyone would be interested in that kind of thing. And even nobody is interested I’m going to do a post anyway so I can flail around with my gifs and my emotions.



~Best wishes to everyone who is graduating!


8 Comments Add yours

  1. RubySky says:

    Ok, so you have to watch the entire mini-series of North and South. There are only four episodes and it’s /brilliant/. You will grow to love Thorton over the course, because in the beginning, we’re sort of seeing him through margaret’s eyes and she hates him. But as they both grow as humans, you get these really beautiful fleshed out people ❤

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    1. Hermione Montrose says:

      Okay I PROMISE that as soon as I read the book I will watch the mini-series. Cross my heart.

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      1. RubySky says:

        Good. The mini-series is actually better, in my opinion? 🙂 The book is good but the mini series actually goes into a lot more depth.

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      2. Hermione Montrose says:

        Okay….will DEFINITELY watch the mini-series then, no matter what I think of the book. 🙂

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      3. RubySky says:

        Good!! Let me know what you think! 😀

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  2. evaschon says:

    Frankenstein is my least favorite book. Ever. It’s boring and Frankenstein is such a wimpy, horrid coward. I know there’s lots of people who like the book, though, so hopefully you’ll be one of them!

    I do want to read Dracula.

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    1. Hermione Montrose says:

      Yeaaahhhh I’ve heard a lot of people say that about Frankenstein. Maybe I’ll wait and read it in college, because if it’s one of those books that’s best understood within its historical and literary context, I might get more out of it in a classroom setting. I do want to read it eventually! Mm yes Dracula too.


      1. evaschon says:

        That sounds like a good idea, waiting to read it in college. I’m not exactly sorry that I read it, since it IS a classic, but I’m sure I’ll never read it again.

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