Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday

I think this summer, I’ll try to concentrate on my Classics Club list! I will hopefully have a lot more spare time than I’ve had in the past few months!

1. Cecilia – Fanny Burney. I will finish it this summer. I will.

2. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier. I am so intrigued by the famous first sentence of this book: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” I don’t know why. It just sounds gloriously creepy in a way I can’t really explain or even understand fully. And I’m currently reading Bag of Bones by Stephen King, which references Rebecca a lot.

3. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde. I remember mostly enjoying this in high school (except the random 15-page passage about tapestries) and I’ve been meaning to get around to reading it again.

4. Animal Farm – George Orwell. We read this in middle school when it was WAY over our heads and to be honest, it really freaked me out. I’d really like to take another look at it now that I know more about allegories and whatnot.

5. 1984 – George Orwell. I’ve read this before, but I’ve never actually reviewed it on the blog and it’s been a while since I last read it (perhaps since junior year of college, which is, scarily enough, more than two years ago now).

6. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H. G. Wells. Definitely excited to read this one after loving The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds.

7. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allen Poe. This is one of my favorite short stories by Poe, and I’m looking forward to reading it again.

8. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allen Poe. I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s on The List (as well as my Classics Club list)!

9. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Lewis Stevenson. Again, I’ve read this before, but it’s been a while and I really like it, so I’m looking forward to getting lost in it again!

10. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood. I’ve heard so many good things about this one and I can’t wait to read it!

What’s on your summer TBR list? Are you looking to reread, or are you branching out? I’m excited to do a little bit of both 🙂

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18 thoughts on “Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

  1. I wish you could like something more than once for all the awesome books! (3, 5, 6, 9, 10 – I’ve only read some and just finished Dr. J and Mr. H this morning.)

    • Thanks! Which ones have you read? I’m really looking forward to re-reading Dorian Gray. From your more experienced perspective, which should I read first? 🙂

  2. Yes, definitely read Rebecca! I hope to read another book by Daphne du Maurier this summer too, but I’ve heard Rebecca is her best. I guess I’ll find out soon! So jealous you get to read it for the first time! 🙂

  3. Rebecca is a great read! Definitely worth the time and effort. I actually have Bag of Bones sitting in my to be read pile and you’ve now made me curious 🙂

    I’ve read or want to read most of this list 😉 The Island of Dr. Moreau was a strange but good read. Jekyll and Hyde is so darkly fun to read. The George Orwell books really make the reader think. Dorian Gray is on my to-read list. So is Handmaid’s. You can never go wrong with Poe. The only one I haven’t really heard of/thought about reading is the first one on your list. Might have to check it out 🙂

    • If you want to read Burney, read Evelina first. It’s an epistolary novel, it’s pretty short, and I thought it was delightful. Cecilia is wonderful as well, but it’s been taking me FOREVER to read since it’s more than 1000 pages…

      • Good to know. I’m not intimidated by thick books(my favorite book is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo with The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas coming in as a close second) but with a new author sometimes shorter is better…

        • I would tend to agree. I love big thick books myself, but when reading a new author I’ve found it’s nice to start with something smaller just to be safe 🙂

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