5 On My TBR – Challenging Reads

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Hello Everyone!

5 on my TBR is a weekly meme that’s hosted by Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. Each Monday, there’s a different prompt, and the goal is to list five books on your TBR that fit into the prompt.

This week’s 5 on my TBR prompt is Challenging Reads. I had difficulty deciding what I should write about for this prompt because I don’t have much interest in a lot of the challenging reads that come up when you google “challenging reads.” After a bit of thought, I decided that for this prompt, I would talk about some Classics that are on my TBR because I generally find Classics to be difficult to get into, even if some of them are considered “easy reads.”

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Even though romance is my favourite genre, the only Jane Austen book I’ve read is Northanger Abbey, which was for one of my classes at University. I have a set of Jane Austen books sitting on my shelf, but I haven’t been in the mood to try reading any of them. Of all of the books on this list, this is the one that I’m most looking forward to reading because I would like to become acquainted with Mr. Darcy.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – The only thing I know about this book is the opening line. Charles Dickens is one of those authors I’ve meant to read, but then I look at his books and lose all motivation to read them. What makes me curious about this book is that it takes place during the French Revolution, which is a period that interests me. I’m also curious about this book because it does have such a memorable opening line.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – This is the only book on this list that I’ve tried reading before, and that was a long time ago. In High School, we had weekly rotating “drop everything and read” periods and one week, I brought Wuthering Heights with me. I don’t remember how far I made it, but I haven’t picked it up since. The only thing I know about this book is that there is a character named Heathcliff and that he was mentioned in Twilight. Hopefully, I’ll read this one eventually so I can learn a bit more about the plot.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – Like most of the books on this list, I have no idea what this one is about. I assume that it involves treasure and an island, but that’s about as much as I can figure out based on the title. This book is on my TBR because pirates are fun, and a quick Google search tells me that a lot of popular portrayals of pirates are based on this book. This book is also on my TBR because I’ve owned a copy of it since elementary school, which is a long time for a book to sit unread.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – This is another book that I’ve heard a lot about, but I know almost nothing about it. I think this is the one with the person trapped in the attic, but I might be confusing it with another classic. This book is on my TBR because it comes up a lot when you ask people what their favourite classic is. I don’t know if I’m going to enjoy this book or any of the books on this list, for that matter, but I am curious enough to give it a try at some point.


  1. Love your post, Ashlee! I have to read all of these too, except for Pride and Prejudice! I loved it. I’ve read all of Austen’s books and Northanger Abbey was by far my least favourite. So if you didn’t really like it, you might have already seen Jane at her worse 😉 It can only go uphill

  2. Ah yes, classics is a challenge read for me too. Come to think of it, I haven’t read many classics either 😅 I’ve tried Pride and Prejudice but I just couldn’t get into it, so I had to put it on hold 🤔

  3. Great post!! I’ve been wanting to read A Tale of Two Cities for the longest time but I get so intimidated by it

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