As I’ve mentioned before, one of my important reading goals of 2023 is shrinking my physical TBR. Sometimes it’s hard to think of what books I still have or subjects I want to read about. So we needed a way to keep track of this. 5 On My TBR is a way of keeping track. This is a meme hosted by E from Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. Every week there’s a different prompt for five on my TBR.
This week’s topic is Classics. I’m not really a classics reader and I think I only have one on my shelves. But I’m going to give them a good look and see if I can find some more. I think I might have some books that could be considered SFF classics. Let’ dive in!
1. The Black Tulip – Alexandre Dumas
My only actual classic haha. But also a very pretty edition! I’m very interested in this one, especially since it is set in the Netherlands. At school I just taught the kids about the tulip craze so I can’t wait to read about it.
2. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
I love reading fantasy, its probably my most read genre but there are some classics I still haven’t read! And that includes basically every Tolkien book haha. I do own The Hobbit and I have been wanting to read it for a while now. All the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies are great but we all know the books are usually better ;).
3. Sabriel – Garth Nix
I think this can be classified as a YA fantasy classic. Sabriel was released in 1995 and I’ve seen a lot of books marketed with a mention of Sabriel over the years. I have read Clariel, which could be viewed as a prequel, and I enjoyed the world! Definitely want to try this official first book of the series.
4. Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb
Another fantasy classic! I haven’t read anything by Robin Hobb yet and I feel like that is pretty much required reading for any and all fantasy fans. Assassin’s Apprentice sounds really interesting and I believe there are 3 trilogies I can binge if I do enjoy this book!
5. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
This is a book I hear mentioned so often! By readers and in marketing, mostly for YA fantasy books. It seems like a book you either love or hate, mostly because the atmosphere seems more important than the plot from what I gathered. I think I could love this one for sure but I guess I also need to be in the right mood to pick this one up.
Do you think my picks qualify as classics? And do you have a preference for which one I should read first? I would love to hear from you in the comments!