Book Shelves Tours

Classic Books Unread on my Shelves Part 2

Last week I shared a bunch of beautiful editions ofclassic books unread on my shelves. Today I’m going to share the not so pretty ones to look at and where the rule ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ comes into play.

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

2020-04-09 14.03.37This one is a little embarrassing for me personally. I am from the same place as John Bunyan. I grew up with reminders of him and his work constantly. My ‘house’ in middle school was Bunyan; I used to go to a youth club off of Bunyan Road and my local Wetherspoons is called The Pilgrim’s Progress. In my town there are roads named after him, numerous of public places and even a nursery. When I moved to university over 200 miles away from my home, I still couldn’t escape Bunyan as one of my modules was named after the Pilgrim’s Progress.

So it just makes it so much worse that I haven’t read the book. I was supposed to read the book for my university course, but I never ended up reading it and avoided it during the essays. I feel like I should eventually get to this, purely because Bunyan and his novel gave followed me around my entire life.


The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

2020-04-09 14.03.58This one I have tried to read twice. The first time I got about half way through the book and then put it down and the second time only a couple of chapters in. I don’t think it’s anything to do with the story, but I just get distracted by something else. I think it’s something I will really enjoy but I have just never sat down properly to read it.


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

2020-04-09 14.04.32Honestly, the cover of this one puts me off reading it. I despise these covers. I had to buy it as extra reading for my university class, but never actually got to it. I know the story is more important than the cover and I really need to listen to the rule of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ but I can’t. It also doesn’t help that I struggle to get into classics anyway. I’m hoping I can get over it soon, but honestly I’ll probably end up selling this copy and buying s nicer edition. I know that makes me sound very shallow, but I love a beautiful cover, I’m sorry!


Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

2020-04-09 14.05.45I got recommended this book by my poetry lecturer last year. I honestly can’t remember why he told me to read it, I think it was to do with the subject I was writing about at the time but I can’t remember. Nonetheless, the synopsis really intrigued me. Out of all of these, this is likely to be the first one that I pick up (eventually).


The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

2020-04-09 14.06.16I got this book right after I read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I loved Of Mice and Men and while I was on the high from reading this, I thought I would jump straight into The Grapes Of Wrath! This never happened. It has been living on my shelf since 2013/2014.



Do you care about the covers of books as much as I do?


14 thoughts on “Classic Books Unread on my Shelves Part 2

  1. I’ve read all,of those books, except for Wide Sargasso – that one is new to me though the author sounds familiar. That is funny about Pilgrim’s Progress 😊. And, yes, book covers are definitely important!

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  2. I found Pilgrims Progress is almost impossible to read, it is soooooo old fashioned. Wuthering Heights and the Grapes of Wrath are on my all time favourites list! 🌞

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  3. I’ve read Pilgrim’s Progress and really didn’t like it. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen it printed in a cover I thought was attractive. I started The Catcher in the Rye and, honestly, didn’t enjoy it so I didn’t finish it. I felt disappointed because so many people rave about it, but I just couldn’t. As far as the covers go, I like the Penguin covers like the John Steinbeck novel. I have several of those and think they’re kind of neat.


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