I have not read many classics as a kid or a teenager as I was not even aware of any. My native language is not English and there were not many English language readers in my family. My father read English novels but mostly espionage, crime fiction or thrillers (which are not what I like). He has studied some classics in college like Somerset Maugham or Charles Dickens. We did not even have English courses in college so I did not get any opportunity to read classics.