Five Modern Classics I Want to Read Before the End of the Year


I absolutely adore modern classics, it is for sure one of my favourite genres. Having so many fabulous-sounding books makes choosing a list of only five difficult, but realistically I probably won’t have time to read any more with my other lists and required reading for university taking up a large proportion of my time.

I do feel with modern classics that it can be difficult to know when a book fits into this genre / category. Obviously having a lot of the ‘Penguin Modern Classics’ editions does make it a little easier to distinguish, however if you disagree and this that any of my choices do not fit this category, then please let me know, though it’s how I categorise them personally!

  • A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines – This story looks so beautiful and heartbreaking, and I really would like to get to it very soon. If I wasn’t finishing up a lot of books that I’ve started but haven’t yet finished this month, then I’d probably have picked this up already.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey -I’ve heard so much about this and it’s probably time for me to get around to picking it up.
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – As a fan of dystopians, particularly those written years ago and for an adult audience (e.g. 1984 and Fahrenheit 451), I really should have read this by now. I’m so ready to read it and immerse myself in another dystopian world that has proved its popularity.
  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – I’ve been wanting to pick up something by Virginia Woolf for so long now, but I was never motivated enough to read one of her books (despite the fact they’re really short).
  • Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka – This is a very recent purchase, but I read the first paragraph of metamorphosis and fell in love with the writing style, so I can’t wait to read it all.

Are there any modern classics you’d like to get to soon, or have you read any of these? There are so many others I could add to this list (The Bell Jar, A Clockwork Orange, The Virgin Suicides, anything by Vonnegut etc) but it would just be very unrealistic of me to do so.



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