Thursday Thirteen: 13 Classic Books I Should Read But Never Will

Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen is a weekly meme with a simple theme: each Thursday you blog a list of 13 things. What kind of things? Any kind! Just come up with a list theme and run with it.

Classics. Books many have read, and yet many others haven’t. Here are the ‘classics’ we should read, but won’t.

Brianna’s List:

  1. Anything by Jane Austin
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  4. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  9. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  10. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  11. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  12. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  13. The Odyssey by Homer


J9’s List:

  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien – NEVA GONNA READ THIS, EVA!
  2. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo – Have you seen how many pages that is...and the slut shaming? Nope.
  3. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Kill me now.
  4. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien – See number one.
  5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – I should, not sure why I haven't.
  6. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – Never interested me.
  7. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – Dunno why I haven't read this.
  8. Watership Down by Richard Adams – Seems all children's books I was reading at the time were sad and I said I needed a break from sad and just never returned to read this one.
  9. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux – Long story: I once ushered for a very off-off-Broadway production of gender-bent Phantom and it was so horrible that I wrote off the entire story. The End.
  10. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez – I suck.
  11. Heidi by Johanna Spyri – A girl yodeler? No, thanks.
  12. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – If you say you read this, you're a liar ;-)
  13. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Which classics haven’t you read?

About Brianna: Supermom by day, naughty reader by night. Addicted to chocolate, Twitter, her iPad, her Kindle, and 99¢ Kindle deals. You can follow Brianna on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram.


  1. OK, I have read The Fountainhead and I'm not lying. I went through a period where I had really long commutes, and I listened to a LOT of books I wouldn't have touched with someone else's barge pole, let alone my own.
    It wasn't the worst thing I listened to, but it was close.

    1. I promise I was joking and wouldn't call you a liar :)

  2. Love both of these lists! Have to admit that I own the complete LOTR set, but know deep in my heart that I will never read them. I did read A Tale of Two Cities on a dare and was surprised that I enjoyed it. Won't read any other Dickens, but that one wasn't bad. Also read Lolita as a teen to see what all the fuss was about and was bored.

    Had to read Great Gatsby for school and hated it. Also hated Hawthorne with a passion! Jane Austin isn't bad, and I read Little Women as a pre-teen and liked it. Wouldn't read it now, but liked it as a kid.

    Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such...

    1. I loved Jane Austen! She kinda got me into romance!

  3. OMG... J9, I'm dying... EVA! Because... no... go ahead and add all of The Chronicles of Narnia--I tried once... I have not the patience nor the time... Speaking of "have you seen how many pages...?" War and Peace... NO... never gonna happen... although I will admit I read A Tale of Two Cities in high school AP English, though I honestly think I skimmed through most of it. I couldn't tell you about it on a dare. Brianna... also in high school... The Great Gatsby and The Catcher and the Rye... this may be why I told myself I despised reading until I was well in my twenties. *sigh*

    1. Yes! War and Peace is scary long. I read it when I went through my I'm-a-serious-twenty-year-old-in-a-beret-trying-to-impress-the-hot-European-exchange-student phase.

    2. J9 - I can't believe you read WAR & PEACE. Wow.

      Crissy - Maybe I did read Catcher in the Rye in school...can't remember. But I wouldn't read it by choice. LOL And I didn't start reading until my early twenties either :)

    3. LOL... and no... never by choice... I did go through a Shakespeare phase in my life where I chose to read Othello and Hamlet. Those two books were as long as that phase lasted... and J9 lurve the beret and foreign exchange student thing. This could totally be a book ;)

  4. i cant seem to get through Anna Karenina ! im on my third try . <3 Bee @ Bee Reads Books

    1. Again, another time I read a book to impress a boy :D

  5. There are so many on your lists that I would put on my Will Not Read list as well. I like your series. Cool idea.

    1. Thanks, Bree, lists are fun to do. I just can't seem to keep it as a list, I have to monolog about them! Lol

  6. From Brianna's list, I HAVE read Persuasion by Jane Austen, The Catcher in the Rye, and A Clockwork Orange.

    For J9's list, I HAVE read The Hobbit. I tend to shy away from really, really old classics because they are difficult to understand or are long and sound boring. haha


    1. I'm of the mind that the only real trilogy is Star Wars so out of loyalty I'll never read The Hobbit :)

  7. What a fun post!! Most of the ones from Brianna's list that I have read, I read in high school (because they were assigned :-). I couldn't get through The Hobbit, even though I tried. I am currently reading Watership Down again with my kids and I did read Heidi along with my daughter relatively recently (there's no yodeling involved :-).

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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