Saturday Seven: Classic Novels I’ve Never Read

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Reading has always been one of my greatest joys in life. I’ve developed a real knack for finding things to read no matter where I go, and I’ve been known to read just about anything to pass the time. When I was a kid, I even read the phone book for the sheer fun of it! (Do phone books even still exist? I haven’t seen one in many years).

There are still countless books out there that I haven’t read yet. This includes plenty of classic novels, so today’s list is dedicated to all of the classics that I haven’t gotten around to picking up yet. Maybe someday I’ll make the time to read them. I’ve heard plenty of good things about everything on the list below, I just haven’t tried them for myself yet.


  1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
  3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
  4. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.
  5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
  6. On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
  7. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass.

What classic novels have you never read?


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17 Responses to Saturday Seven: Classic Novels I’ve Never Read

  1. Some of the classics I’ve never read include some of your list: The Brothers Karamazov (it’s daunting and Russian authors are hard for me, though I do love Anna Karenina), On the Road (my daughter loves it), and My Bondage and My Freedom. The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my all time favorites… I highly recommend it!

  2. OMG I’ve never read any of these, either! Glad I’m not the only one. Heehee

  3. LOL… if you read my Saturday Seven, you’ll know I typically avoid classics like the plague. Blame it on English Lit and being force fed classics I hated AND having to analyze them ad nauseam. Took all my enjoyment away. However, I have enjoyed many movies made from books, including the Count of Monte Cristo 🙂

    Does that count?

  4. Hmm…I don’t think I’ve read any of them, but I’m not sure about The Count of Monte Cristo. If I did read it, it was many books ago.

  5. ELF

    I read Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers” and “Twenty Years After” but not the others. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one to eschew those considered the great classics! My post is here:

  6. I’ve started the Count of Monte Christo twice. I’m not sure that I want to read any of the others on that list apart from Anna Karenina.

    I’m doing a reading challenge this year to read 12 classics. Anna Karenina might be on my list next year.

  7. (First-time visitor, directed here by a link at Twitter): I’ve not read or even heard of a *novel* titled “My Bondage and My Freedom.” I’ve read the “Autobiography” of Frederick Douglass, which deals with that topic. Same book?

    I don’t think I’ve ever read “The Count of Monte Cristo.”

    I was able to get away with reading an abridgement of “Anna Karenina.” It did not make me want to read the whole thing.

    I’ve read only excerpts from “The Brothers Karamazov.”

    I own, but have yet to read, “Don Quixote” in Spanish. Read it and enjoyed it in English.

    “The Jungle” is sort of a melodrama, and “On the Road” is full of cheerful well-meaning bigotry, but I only recently got around to reading both–and liked them! (More than I would have liked them when younger.)

    Most of Thackeray is still ahead of me, too.

    • It’s nice to meet you, Priscilla! Thanks for stopping by.

      To the best of my knowledge, “My Bondage and My Freedom” was the second autobiography that Frederick Douglass wrote. He wrote three of them altogether. (I have no idea why).

      Thanks for the heads up about “On the Road,” “Ann Karenina,” and “The Jungle.” Do you think you’d ever read any of them again?

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