CLASSICS BOOK HAUL | Penguin Moderns, French Literature & MORE!

I share the classics that I have bought and received recently!
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(Some of these books may have been sent to me for review purposes. These have been marked with a *)
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Penguin Modern Boxset →

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset →–1-the-Wreath/9780141180410/?a_aid=lucythereader

Victoria by Knut Hamsen →

The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas →

The Decameron by Giovanni Bocaccio →

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas →

Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos →

Indiana by George Sand →

The Confession of a Child of the Century by Alfred de Musset →

Tory Heaven by Marghanita Laski* →

Despised and Rejected by Rose Allatini* →

Young Anne by Dorothy Whipple* →

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens →

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens →


des Histoires et des Hommes says:

Merci 🙂

Art K says:

I think you will like both of those Dickens books. They both have compelling stories with strong female characters. I just recently finished reading all of Dickens novels so I envy your newness to him. But it’s well worth the read! Read them all!

TimeAndChance says:

20thC Japanese classic: Silence/S. endo. Lots to think about if you want to.

Jenny Cooke says:

Our Mutual Friend is my favourite Dickens (that I’ve read so far), would highly recommend but it is long so if you want a good short(er) one than A Tale of Two Cities is a good one to go for. I really want to buy some Persephone books, the bookshop is bea-u-ti-ful. This was a really interesting wrap-up, great to see some foreign classics. I’m working my way through the Penguin moderns and I have to say that so far 01 is my favourite, looking forward to hearing your thoughts in your wrap-up and congrats on reaching 20k you deserve it!

Natassa K says:

I live in Sweden and yet haven’t read many Swedish classics, BUT we had to read The Serious Game (Den Allvarsamma Leken) By Hjalmar Söderberg för uni last year, and I’m not sure if you’d like it, but I actually enjoyed it so I would recommend it as a translated work! It takes place in the early 1900s I believe

Disa Økland says:

Don’t know if you still see this, but I’m Norwegian and my favorite Norwegian classic author must be Amalie Skram. She’s definitely writing happy books, but I love them. I also love Victoria, so happy you got that one!

Some other recommendations:
Amtmandens Daughters, Camilla Collett
I reread Hunger by Knut Hamsun last year and while I didn’t like it the first time I ended up loving it. It’s a bit love hate I think.

Ibsen plays if you like his style.

But Hamsun and Skram must be my favorites. As well as Collett, but she only wrote this one novel.

Kristin Lavransdatter is one of our most well known authors, you did well there 😉

Hope you enjoy and find something you love 😀

Chihab Reda says:

Great classics. Well done ☺

snailycanflyy says:

Have you read Thérèse Raquin by Zola? I don’t like classics that much, but I LOVE this one!

Sev says:

Wonderful haul! I would love if you could at the end of the year, tell us how many of these classics you read and enjoy.

Henriette Mikkelsen says:

I’ve never seen anyone on booktube who has been interested in norwegian classics before, so this makes my little norwegian heart very excited! heheh. I’d recommend Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen too, it’s pretty good. 🙂

Lise Amalie C says:

I am Norwegian! Uttalen din er vedlig god! I just wanted to say that Kristin Lavransdatter is an amazing book and you should look forward to reading it. I am not a huge Knut Hamsun fan, but Victoria is my favourite from his works.

Arianne Allard says:

I miss reading some classics. Watching your video make me want to read Maupassant or Flaubert. I also love French literature. You did pronounce right the name of Pierre Chaderlos de Laclos. 🙂

Chiya Pink says:

For Norwegian Classics I would also recommend Henrik Ibsen (he’s even mentioned briefly in SKAM) who was a playwright in the 19thcentury. My personal favourites are “Hedda Gabler” and “Pollard of Society”. Happy Reading:)

Kaisu Rei says:

I can’t wait for your video about same-sex relationships in classics!

mangoandsalt says:

Bonjour Lucy! I’m French and I just wanted to say that your choices for French literature are excellent: actually, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Les Trois Mousquetaires are some of my favorite classics ever! Everybody loves them and I really hope you will enjoy them too <3

Örn Leifsson says:

Read the Musketeers as a teenager and loved it, also read his The Man in the Iron Mask which I loved too.
Since you’re reading Norwegian literature I read as a Kid two volumes of Norwegian Fairy Tales which I really loved and could recommend. I read Christmas Carol I think when I was around 10 years old and hardly a christmas has gone by without me reading it – it’s the perfect book to get you into to the Christmas spirit so I would wait until december for that one.

itsmeerikad says:

the ice palace sounds like the plot of frozen

holistic79 says:

David Copperfield by C. Dickens I found to be great. We had to compare it to Jane Eyre by seeing where similar links were.

Anna B says:

Good Morning from Italy, Lucy, it’s nice to see that you added the “Decameron” in your library. When in school, this is quite a mandatory read for italian student, together with “The Divine Comedy” by Dante and others.
Hope this book will give you a lot to think about, this is truly a classic, that requires a certain analysis.
Thanks for your impressive enthusiasm, Lucy!
I am always in awe to listen to young girls like you being into classic literature and into reading in general.
Have a good day

sharing _ says:

I would recommend anything by Wolfgang Borchert. He was an author of the German literature after WW2 and wrote his entire work in 2 years before he died of wounds and diseases he got when he fought in the war. He wrote a lot of short stories and one play which is incredibly sad but beautiful!
I don’t know if the english translation is good though because a lot of what he does with the language might only work with German…

des Histoires et des Hommes says:

I can recommand you to read Brazil red from Jean_Christophe Rufin

Erika's Stacks of Paperbacks says:

I have the Modern Classics too, working my way through them 🙂

Classics from around the world – Tale of the Genji is an obvious one. First novel EVER. Japanese and written by a woman. Don Quixote is also pretty obvious, as it is considered the first contemporary novel. American classics including anything by Hawthorne, James, Twain and Faulkner and literally anything by them I would recommend. Russian literature is also an obvious but my favorite is actually The Master and Margarita which is an amazing romp about the Devil in St. Petersburg. I love Latin American literature so check out: House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Fictions by Juan Luis Borges and The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa, The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bollano, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo are all legit classics. Finally one of my favorite authors of all time is Herman Hesse who is a German author and really writes about self discovery in a very meaningful way, maybe check out Siddhartha or Narcissus and Goldmun. Hope you enjoy the recommendations, happy reading!

storm of steel says:


Luiza Louback says:

Read brazilian classics! In this blue penguin box, it has a short storie from Clarice Lispector (a Brazilian author and poet) Check Machado de Assis, and José de Alencar books as well ❤️

paraplyen says:

So surprised to see all these Norwegian classics! Kristin Lavransdatter is incredible (it’s a trilogy), one of my all time favourite books. Also, since you loved Skam you should check out Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, which Skam was partly based on (high school students in Norway wrote exams comparing Skam and A Doll’s House). Tarjei Vesaas was also mentioned in Skam and if you like the Ice Palace I would recommend The Birds. It sticks with your for life.

Anuska Chaudhury says:

The two box sets – penguin moderns and little black classics , are the book same just the edition is different or both the box sets have different books??????
Can you pls tell really confused
P.S i love your channel specially because you portrait great classics on your channel

Natasha Hassan says:

I recommend you read “Oliver Twist” soon! It was the first Dickens book I read, and I found it the easiest to follow along with the plot and characters.

Magda Arias says:

if you want to try out some books from other cultures, I highly reccommend latin-american literature, which there is a lot of and is actually very good. A modern classic I highly reccommend is “The Tunnel” by Ernesto Sábato

Jessica Jenks says:

I need to thank you for inspiring me to get back into reading classic literature. Being academically involved in something, rather than reading for escapism. Thank you so much!

Janny Desgagné says:

The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches
by Gaétan Soucy
You NEED to read this ! It’s from Quebec, SUPER GOOD!

Gail Doughty says:

Three Musketeers put me off as a kiddo. But then I read Count of Monte Christo and fell in love with it. So: now I have to back and read Musketeers. I hope you love it!
Omg, The Ice Palace! I read this a couple of years ago as part of a course. It’s fascinating; spare but oh so beautiful.
And Dangerous Liaisons! Wow! You have some treats in store.

Patrick. says:

Maybe you’d like One Hundred Years of Solitude. Not really a classic because it’s only about 50 years old I think, but it will be considered a classic when it’s old enough for sure. It’s Colmbian magical realism so it’s quite different to European classics.

April Adamson says:

I absolutely LOVED Our Mutual Friend. Check out Katie’s videos over at Books and Things. They did a monthly read-along based on the serialized order of the sections of the book. Katie does a video a month about each section. You have to scroll back to her videos from a couple years ago, but she has lots of great stuff on Victoria authors. Great stuff. Love your videos!

wieauchimmer says:

Have you tried German authors like Goethe or Schiller? I love Faust and Emilia Galotti so much, they are some of my favourites

Alonso Quijano says:

Not exactly a “classic” but a fine story nonetheless. You should take a look on Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s stories. Especially “In a Grove”.

Akira Kurosawa made a dumb and lengthy film out of the story. Ignore it! Akugatawa’s tale is far superior!!!

Iman Azam says:

As much as I love Victorian literature I wish I could branch out a bit more especially from my own country
Nothing comes to mind except for Arabian nights and shahnameh which is collection of epic tales about start of iran up until the middle ages. Saadat Hasan manto wrote some very good short stories set during the partition of india
Hope that somewhat helps 🙂

Jeffrey Kaufmann says:

It looks like you need a bookshelf.why do you pile up your books like that?

Books and Things says:

So excited for you to read Our Mutual Friend 😀

Bookish Inclinations says:

I just found a copy of Our Mutual Friend at a charity shop last month!

Paola Alberola says:

Nada by Carmen Laforet is my favorite book ever. It’s set in post Spanish Civil War Barcelona and it was pretty outstanding when it was first published in Spain in 1945. The house of the spirits by Isabel Allende is also a great choice.

Ingert Svärd says:

Sigrid Undset was an amazing author. Kristin Lavransdatter is good place to start and please read all three books, enjoy! Hamsun I never understood. We read him in school and our teacher was so enthusiastic but I – not so much.

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