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I show you the classics I’d love to read in 2019!

A YA novel about a book club, a literary road trip and the ultimate summer of friendship.
Out in June 2019 in the UK.





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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy →

The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott →

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe →

The Last Man by Mary Shelley →

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier →

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens →

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays by Oscar Wilde →

The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle →

Howards End by E.M. Forster →

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons →

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne →

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells →

The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry →

Despised and Rejected by Rose Allitini →

Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane →

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert →

The Tunnel by Ernesto Sabato →

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35 Responses

  1. Curly Noodle says:

    Oh you've really inspired and motivated me. I have a shelf full of unloved and unread classics. Time to dust them off.

    Great video, thank you.

    Sharon x x

  2. Lucia Dakin says:

    These all sound so good, omg!

  3. Taylor Kennedy says:

    I've officially added all of these books to my TBR list on Goodreads. I recently fell in love with Oscar Wilde and have been wanting to dive deeper into some of his other plays. Thank you for the recommendations!

  4. Cami Castle says:

    I hated the plot to Anna Karenina. Fantastic writing kept me reading it the book however.
    I loved My Cousin Rachel! Great book!
    Loved A Tale of Two Cities! The Importance of Being Ernest is Fantastic! The War of the Worlds was really fun! You are in for a great year!

  5. Art K says:

    I love Dickens, but "Hard Times" is one of my least favorites of his novels – you are definitely not alone in that! I think you will really enjoy "A Tale of Two Cities" – it is probably my favorite of all his full length novels. It has a compelling story line and just amazingly beautiful dialogue.

  6. wilson smith says:

    2019 has a lot in store!

  7. Chihab Reda says:

    All the books u have mentioned r worthy to read because they r awsome

  8. Diana Marie says:

    I am glad you are interested in Latin America literature

  9. Books and Things says:

    I think you'll love Anna Karenina – it's long, but amazing.

  10. Julia Nolte says:

    I'm German and personally, I hated Effi Briest even though I love reading classics. But I'm curious to hear what you will think – maybe the reading experience is very different if it's in English! Have you read Wilkie Collins's "The Moonstone"? It's considered the first ever detective novel and I really loved it. I also really like lesser-known works by Steinbeck (e.g., "Travels with Charley") and one of my favorite plays to read is Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie".

  11. gooby says:

    read war and peace last year and definitely feel it wasn’t as daunting as some people think! loved it and i am also looking into reading anna karenina this year.

    although some of the comments mention translations/editions to look out and i can say thats very true with my experience of war and peace
    my edition kept all the original french in it (luckily i am pretty okay with french) which could make the flow difficult for some

  12. Sylwia Skolarczyk says:

    Anna Karenina in my opinion is a very easy read. And the depth of the characters made me love Tolstoy so much

  13. david holt says:

    If a book is a slow read it's not for you,a great book will grip you and fly past

  14. InvisibleAngel1000 says:

    Read Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary last year. Not really sure how I feel about them

  15. foreverqihe says:

    Anna is probably the most beautiful female character in all books I read.

  16. actual spinster says:

    i've read despised and rejected and i thought it was an incredible, remarkable book! i hope you enjoy it, it can be both light and sweet and very heavy and difficult! good luck w everything

  17. Cait_Steph 1 says:

    I'm aiming to read a ton of classics in 2019, and was wondering which editions you prefer to read? I cant decide between so many beautiful covers lol x

  18. catarinathebookworm says:

    First of all as a lover of classics I am so happy to see someone bringing them to light and put so much work into them. Second, I have read Anna Karenina and I have to tell you is not thay intimidating. It has a slow plot yes but it has a lot of character development and it is so gret to see stuff through our characters eyes! It was a great book and it sounds way tiresome and slow than it really feels. You can do it! A tale of two cities is an amazing masterpiece I love it with all my heart, but I do enjoy Dickens' plot and characters so much so that is probably why I loved it so much. Also the drama! So great.

  19. Aditi Singh says:

    I want to read Mysteries of Udolpho for tha same reason, mentioned in Northanger Abbey

  20. Anna Francesca says:

    Hopefully I can join you with reading Anna Karenina as I’ve had this in my amazon basket for a very long time.

  21. Daisy Forster says:

    have you read regeneration by Pat Barker? it’s a fictionalised version of Owens and Sassoons time in a mental hospital… definitely recommend

  22. Rustic to Immersive says:

    Anna Kerenina is fun to read it won't feel like a drag

  23. rosacotton says:

    I read "Cold Comfort Farm" last year and loved it. Enjoy!

  24. Alina Raye says:

    you really should get your hands on Nabokov – his language is just magic. but i wouldn't recommend starting with Lolita, i started with Speak Memory (beatifully written autobiography) and it really helped me with understanding his fiction.

  25. Beccasawrus says:

    Have you read Perfume? Its kind of about obsession.
    I loved A Tale of Two Cities when I read it 🙂
    I liked War and Peace way more than Anna Karenina.

  26. Neda Ebrahimi says:

    If you want to read Anne Radcliffe, read The Italian. The book was actually assigned in my Victorian Literature class. It's considered the Original Gothic Novel.

  27. A Frolic Through Fiction says:

    The Mysteries of Udolpho is one I want to get to eventually, also because of Northanger Abbey! I'm intrigued to see what you think of Howards End. I personally enjoyed A Room With A View a lot more but I think that's because I like short fiction and it just came along at the perfect time for me. But I reckon you'll really love Howards End!

  28. Fien Criel says:

    Hi! I've been following you for a couple years now and it amazes me and also makes me very happy to see you evolve from an enthousiastic literature fangirl to a critical thinker reconsidering the ideas proposed in the books that you read. In this video alone, you already touched so many interesting ideas and analyseses that I hadn't even thought about. I love how you explain in a very accesable way why classics are still relevant today.

  29. Ginny Nelson says:

    Would like to read 'My Cousin Rachel'
    and Going to Read 'Howards End'!! I am currently rereading Northanger Abbey! Would like to try 'The Mysteries of Udolpho'! 🙂

  30. vanessak69 says:

    Hi Lucy, my classics book club read Madame Bovary a few years ago, and I was surprised by how much I liked it. It feels very modern (even if the story isn’t) and there are surprising funny parts. And A Tale of Two Cities is great. IDK if you are interested in American lit, but John Steinbeck is my favorite author. My favorite book of his is also a short and funny one: Cannery Row. His love for lovable misfits blazes through the book.

  31. Jenny Cooke says:

    This is a great list, I want to read a lot of Dickens this year, partly because I need to for my PhD and also because I want to read all of his novels.

  32. sellway says:

    I like that you’re reading classics from around the world. As for Dutch classical literature, I think you would like Psyche by Louis Couperus and Little John by Frederik van Eeden. Or you could read Footsteps Of Fate by Louis Couperus. Oscar Wilde was inspired by this book.

  33. Charlotte S says:

    I'm reading Anna Karenina for the first time right now as well! I'm not an avid reader and I've been able to understand it so far so you're already better off than me! Hope you enjoy it!

  34. Paula Greenwood says:

    I'm german so I read most books in german but I also read a lot of English books
    So here's my problem:
    If I wanna read an English classic ,should I read it in English to read the original or in german to understand more?

  35. Munahidfrommars says:

    She reads classics subscribe

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