Recently, I’ve really been working on my book collection. My ultimate goal is to have the most beautiful editions of all my favourite books and typically, all my favourite books tend to be classics. Whilst researching some books that I wanted to buy, I came across so many that I hadn’t read or hadn’t read anything by that author. That got me thinking about which classics authors I really want to read more of (or anything at all!)
If you have any recommendations for these classics authors below, please do let me know! I’m up for reading anything.
#1 George Eliot
I recently read Middlemarch by George Eliot and really loved it! I loved how it acted as a social and political commentary, as well as being an enjoyable, engaging book that wasn’t stuffy and boring in the slightest. I’ve heard about Silas Marner and The Mill on the Floss also being popular books of hers, but if you’ve ready any George Eliot please let me know where I should head to next!
#2 Virginia Woolf
A fair few years ago I read To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf and, although I really wanted to enjoy it, I really struggled to understand it and her stream-of-consciousness writing style. As a few years have passed, I’m seriously up for trying a Virginia Woolf book again. Mrs Dalloway and Orlando seem to be the most highly recommended of her works.
#3 J.R.R. Tolkien
I love The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and I love the world that J.R.R. Tolkien has created. Though, I have to admit that I’ve only read The Hobbit before (I’ve stuck to the films with The Lord of the Rings). I remember back when I was younger, I tried to take The Lord of the Rings out of the library, but they wouldn’t let me (*cry*) as apparently I was “too young” and my child’s membership wouldn’t allow it. I am desperate to read more from J.R.R. Tolkien and go back into his world.
#4 Elizabeth Gaskell
Everytime I search for classics books to buy online, Elizabeth Gaskell is an author that always pops up. I’ve heard of a lot of her work: North and South, Wives and Daughters, Cranford, Mary Barton… but have no idea where to start! If you have any recommendations, let me know!
#5 E.M. Forster
I read A Room with a View whilst on holiday in Italy and it was the most perfect book to read! Since then, I’ve definitely been obsessed with the idea of reading the rest of his works; Howards End, A Passage to India, Where Angels Fear to Tread…
#6 Thomas Hardy
I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never read any Thomas Hardy. I know a few of the stories, having seen adaptations of them (mainly Far From the Madding Crowd and Tess of the D’Urbevilles). I know he has A LOT of books in publication, so do let me know where’s best to start!
#7 Edgar Allan Poe
I recently bought the MOST beautiful collection of Edgar Allan Poe stories with silver sprayed edges and I’m so excited to read it. I’m saving that beauty until October/November as I feel that’s the perfect season to read some Edgar Allan Poe. Have you read any EAP? I just know that I’m going to love it; mystery, horror, darkness, autumnal-vibes, gothic settings… Sounds perfect to me.
Let me know your suggestions below!
Thanks for reading.
Love Zoë xx