My Classic Book List


Years ago I’ve created a mental list of the classic books I wanted to read … I decided to share it here today just in case someone out there is interested in  reading more classic fiction! I’ve added a few more books here …. And I must admit that I haven’t read much from my list but seeing it on this screen is encouraging me to read this list …

I’ll write a little review about each one in my old Book of the Week section (which I’m planning to start up again) once I’m done reading a book (along with other books of course)… I do have other lists like historical fiction and modern classics etc which I’ll share here some other time … Meanwhile here is my Classic list:

  1. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  2. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  3. No Name by Wilkie Collins
  4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  5. Emma by Jane Austen
  6. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  7. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  9. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  10. Love and Friendship by Jane Austen
  11. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  12. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  13. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
  14. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
  15. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  16. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  17. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  18. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  19. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  20. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  21. Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
  22. The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin
  23. Zoe: the History of Two Lives by Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury
  24. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
  25. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  26. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  27. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  28. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  29. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  30. Tess of the D’urbervilles by Thomas Hardy


So do you have any more suggestions?


Watching Onegin For The 1000 000th Time !!!

Onegin is one of my favorite movies… it is based on Alexander Pushkin’s 1831 novel and is directed by Martha Fiennes, and staring her brother Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler.

I have to say that Ralph Fiennes delivered one of his best screen performances ever as Onegin… The character seems to suite the actor’s elusive charisma perfectly, and the timings of his jagged one-liners was just remarkable….. Liv Tyler was just brilliant as Tatyana, she shifted gear from innocent to bruised and then to sophisticated woman of principle with such a convincing performance!

Director Martha Fiennes has a visual style that has been honed by her work in pop promos and commercials, and because of that Onegin is full of beautiful, often breathtaking images….The final scenes in St Petersburg and the heartbreaking last meeting between Tatyana and Onegin in an austere room in her palace were handled with great style!…..

With Ralph in the lead as Pushkin’s anti-hero…and Magnus Fiennes providing the film’s music as well as directing it, it is very much a Fiennes family affair…..A Fiennes film….a fine film indeed!!!