#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR.
I have to admit, there’s not that many ‘classics’ on my TBR – they’re not something I often seek out to read, and I have so many new books to get to, I don’t find myself seeking out the classics that much. But there are some, though for this list I’m going to bend it slightly to include some ‘modern classics’, and yes sort of bending the meaning of classics for this just a touch.
#5OnMyTBR April 17: Classics
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
This has long be on my to read list – I know it’s inspired many horror writers, and I’ve heard a lot of things about it. I want to read this to see if it does live up to the hype, but also because the actual plot sounds like something that would interest me. Hopefully it holds up as well as books like this can.
I’d consider this a classic, partly because the story itself has endured so well, even if it’s largely due to the film. I’d love to see what was cut out of the book for the screen version, too. I imagine the film, if not the book itself, is another one that’s inspired many horror writers, and again these kind of books can be intriguing to see if they hold up.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories by Washington Irving
Genre: Horror – Gothic – Short Stories
I don’t think this one needs an introduction – like The Omen, Sleepy Hollow has transcended the original tale, and it’s for similar reasons I’d like to actually read the original. And I’m intrigued by the other stories – Rip Van Winkle was a favourite of mine as a kid, but it was very much a toned down children’s version, so I’d like to read the full story.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Genre: Non-Fiction – Memoir
This is definitely one of those books I feel like I should have read by now – it needs no explanation, of course, but I really need to get hold of a copy. I don’t expect this to be an easy read in the slightest, but it’s an important one.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Another I think of as a modern classic, and again, one where the film version definitely contributed to the staying power of the book. I need to read this partly because it’s one of my boyfriend’s favourites, but I keep putting it off because it’s, well, quite dense. It seems like a lot! But similar to the others mentioned, I’d eager to see the differences between book and film.
So there we go, five classics I want to (eventually) read. I’ll get around to them one day, I’m sure. What classics are top of your TBR?