I’ve been really interested in American classics lately, I can’t seem to get enough! After having recently read and enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye and Of Mice and Men, I have decided I want to delve deeper into American classics and find some more gems, as I have barely scratched the surface! Here is my list of 10 American classics I am super excited about picking up.
1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The basic premise of this book sounds extremely fascinating to me as I have never read a book portraying mental illness. The Bell Jar is about Esther Greenwood, a girl who seemingly is living the dream and has it all, however this book delves into Esther’s mind and into her regression into insanity. It sounds very interesting and I would like to see how Plath portrays the idea of mental illness through her main character, as it sounds quite a difficult task to manage.
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Before you gasp in horror at the fact I have this on my TBR list, I have in fact read this “Great American Classic”….twice! I read it once in advance as I knew I would be studying it at school. After studying it in school for half a year I had lost pretty much all interest and associated this book with stress, essays and passing exams. I would love to reread this over a year later, after having finished school and English, so I can see how I find it.
3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
I absolutely LOVED Of Mice and Men and the writing style and the way Steinbeck told a story, and so I am eager to investigate his other works!
4. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
I have heard great things about this book and about Hemingway’s works in general. I figured what better way to make my way into his works than with this short but world renowned classic? As far as I understand it, the story revolves around an elderly Cuban fisherman.
5. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
I have owned this book for two years, and I can’t think why I haven’t picked it up yet! This book is about travelling the US and seeing as I rarely read books like this, I am interested to pick it up.
6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
This book sounds jam packed with interesting characters and events and I would like to further investigate books about mental illness and mental state. Seeing as this is set in a mental hospital, I feel it is perfect!
7. Edgar Allan Poe poetry and short stories
I am eager to delve further into Edgar Allan Poe’s writing after having read The Raven and enjoying it, although I’m not good with creepy stories and I’ve heard he can be quite creepy.
8. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
I’ve heard this is a humorous and nostalgic read that I am eager to pick up!
9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, this would be the first classic duology I have read!
10. Travels With Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
I am fascinated by the idea of Steinbeck documenting his travels across the US with a poodle named Charley. I love the idea that he did said road trip because he felt he was losing touch with his country. I am eager to pick this one up soon!
I hope you guys enjoyed this. Let me know which American Classics you have read and enjoyed!