Classics in 2016

Following on from my last post in which I shared the 12 non-fiction books I hope to read in 2016 – this will be the 12 classics I plan to read in 2016!

I have chosen a mixture of classics, modern classics and children’s classics to see me through the year. My experience so far with classics has been very positive. I enjoyed reading and studying the books I was assigned during my GCSE’s (Hamlet by Shakespeare, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald etc) and I had an equally good experience studying things like Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson for my A-Levels. I graduated from a degree in photography in 2014 and do somewhat look back with a hint of regret that I didn’t pursue English instead. Oh well, onwards and upwards!

Let me know if you’d be interested in seeing a post on my favourite classics or classics that I would recommend to beginners as I would be more than happy to share my thoughts.


From top to bottom:

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  2. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  3. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  4. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  5. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (the reading of this one depends on my experience with Lolita)
  6. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  8. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  9. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  10. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  11. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  12. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins


An addition to this list is Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (as recommend by you lovely people via my YouTube video!).

So what do you think of my list? Are there any here that you have really loved and would recommend I pick up soon?

I also shared these books in a video on my YouTube channel if you would like to see more:

Happy reading!



2 thoughts on “Classics in 2016

  1. Jade @ Reading With Jade says:

    I’m currently working my way through the Chronicles of Narnia and am in love with the story – I wish I discovered them as a child.

    I read The Haunting of Hill House last year and thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you enjoy all these classics!

    • shoutame says:

      I wish I had discovered The Chronicles of Narnia when I was a child too – they are so magical!

      I have recently finished The Haunting of Hill House and did enjoy it but I like We Have Always Live in the Castle a lot more!

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