Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish on a weekly basis.
It’s been 2 months since I last did a Top Ten Tuesday, and because this week’s prompt is actually much of a fun for me, I decided I need to gear my comeback to bookish world with bloggers’ probably most favorite kind of posts named lists. This week’s prompt features a Throwback freebie, so I’ll be doing a list of 10 classics I plan to (re)read in the nearest future, a.k.a. the rest of this year and the whole 2018.
You already can guess that I’m planning to mention not just one Russian classics, right?
10 classics I plan to (re)read in the nearest future (’17-’18)
The Master and Margarita (re-read)
by Mikhail Bulgakov
Yes. Of course. When it comes to me talking about classics, this book must pop up. It’s such a superior classics for me, I’m not sure I’ll be able to find another one that’s somehow better than this. It follows three story lines, and each one throws so many shadows on our modern times problems, and that’s the reason why this book is practically timeless. I’ve read it for at least 5 times during my school days, and willing to give it another re-read within this year, and if you’re actually interested in how Russians studied this book in school (yes, it’s included in mandatory program), I’m ready to fulfill your wish~
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
Another Russian classics from my mandatory school program that I actually haven’t read in full original Russian version, because 1) I barely had free time to read it between tons of homework I also had to do; 2) I was struggling with reading 60% Russian text & 40% French. No hating on the latter language, but I was annoyed when I had to constantly go to footnote to read a half-page long translation of a conversation in French. But since I’m much older now and can tolerate those stuff a little bit better, it’s time to give myself a hard challenge which is this book.
The Three Musketeers (re-read)
by Alexandre Dumas
Probably lots of you already know that I’m totally not into contemporaries or real-life kind of stories without magic/ sci-fi and stuffs like that, and I’m not into romance-centered books as well, but The Three Musketeers was the only exception I could accept. I read the book when I was little, and I absolutely enjoyed the adventures described there. Plus lots of intrigues going on (I have a soft spot for historical fiction, yes), and I loved how the characters always were able to find a way out. Make me feel amazed at how twisted political games can be, and how you can unintentionally become a part of one, and how you should deal with that without getting caught. Totally worth my childhood.
Twenty Years After
by Alexandre Dumas
Little did my younger self knew that The Three Musketeers actually had sequels called Twenty Years After and The Vicomte de Bragelonne, so, of course, I had to include both books onto my TBR list. I’m dead curious about future adventures of the Musketeers!
The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
There’s that thing that I read more of Russian classics than the world ones, so one of my goals as an avid classic reader is to read as much world classics as possible from as many countries as available for public reading. I’m kinda upset that I know so little about world classics because I didn’t get to learn about them in school (all that I remember reading from world classics as mandatory program was Faust by Goethe – another favorite of mine, btw). I definitely want to read and learn more of those books in order to fill in those blank gaps I have as a classics lover.
by William Makepeace Thackeray
Too bad I can’t say or comment much on world classics because, like I mentioned above, I didn’t get the chance to be introduced to these books. And I’m sort of afraid of commenting books I’ve never read before because I don’t want to offend those who read it (and loved it), and I also on a side of avoiding misleading information. Anyways, the title of this book seems very promising for me, I hope the story itself won’t disappoint me.
by Leo Tolstoy
One of my smaller goals within the big one about reading classics is to finally give Leo Tolstoy a try. I never gave his books or short stories a proper chance of being read, so please don’t be so surprised if I list his books more than once. Usually his writing style is not my favorite one, but since it’s classics and I’m willing to read as more as possible, I need to overcome and challenge myself.
Captain Grant’s Children
by Jules Verne
Did already say that I love adventure books? Okay, probably it’s not clearly seen as most of books I read and review here are of fantasy genres, but who said those are not adventures as well? 😀
Anyways, I actually wasn’t into sea/pirates/ships kind of adventures, but a reader must constantly challenge itself, right? 😉 That’s why I picked this book by Jules Verne for this list. Of course, I will give other his works a read (especially Journey to the Center of the Earth). Okay, I want to read all his books.
by George Orwell
Dystopian books are my kind of stuff, so why not read more of them, especially when classics also have some masterpieces? Of course, there are also many other world classic dystopians, so let’s say I combined all of them as a sub-genre I want to read along with 1984?
By the way, long time ago I wrote a post about Russian dystopian books, so if you’re looking for something new to try, I have a list of recommendations HERE >>>
(I lowkey recommend you the Metro 2033 series, it’s awesome as hell)
Hey folks, it’s been a while since I’ve last done a TTT! How do you find it? I haven’t been writing anything so, I guess, I lost some of my blogging skills? Anyways, I’m going back to my semi-hiatus status, will be doing tags and TTTs if the prompts are to my liking, but I can’t guarantee any book reviews this month, not even talking about bookish discussions. Will be continuing my K-pop Wednesdays, though
(I’ve delayed it for so long now /sigh/. And most likely I will rearrange the topics listed in Masterpost).
Love you all~