Top Ten Tuesday


Over at The Broke and the Bookish they do a weekly Top Ten Tuesday.  After perusing my list, be sure to make your own and add your link to the original post!  This week’s topic:  Our Top Ten Favorite Classics!

  1. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum —  This book was my life growing up.  Literally.  I have read all 14 books in the series multiple times and this is the one that started it all.  I mean, I was obsessed.  I still can’t get some relatives to stop sending me all things Oz.
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen — I mean, duh.  I love this book.  I love the characters, I love the romance, I love it all!  Enough said.
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury — I remember reading this over summer for school and feeling so confused.  And then when school started and we began discussing it and my appreciation for it grew so much.  One of my favorite dystopian novels of all time.  All time!
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott — This book is what made me want to be a writer.  I just imagined myself like Jo, working furiously with her cap slouched over her brow.  It just seemed so glorious to me.
  5. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand — Another one that I read for school, and I just fell head over heels in love with Cyrano and all of his dramatics.  Later on this play wormed its way back into my heart through an old friend and now I appreciate it on a whole different level.
  6. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo — Talk about an epic read.  I actually haven’t even finished this one but I’ve been chipping away at it for years, and I’m enjoying it so far!
  7. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery — Another series that really shaped my childhood and, ultimately, my life.  I wish I could be more like Anne, because I loved her as a kid.   I mean have you ever heard of a more positive and tenacious person in your life?  Yes?  Well, whatever.  She’s rad.
  8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien — I don’t think this requires much explanation.  I mean, I hope not, jeez.
  9. Lord of the Flies by William Golding — Again, I read this for school.  I remember we were assigned to read one or two chapters at a time (and we had a weird schedule so we only had English every other day) and I read the whole book in the first week it was assigned.  I got some of the best grades I’ve ever gotten on essays and whatnot while we were focusing on this novel.  I was totes into it!  Totes!
  10. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck — Talk about one of the most heartbreaking endings to a novel ever.  When we read this in class I think my jaw hit my desk.

What are some of your favorite classic reads?  What are some that I should add to my collection?


7 thoughts on “My Favorite Classics | Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Pride and Prejudice is awesome. I’ve always wanted to read the original Wizard of the Oz, but never got around to it. Hopefully I’ll do it soon. The only one I disagree with is Lord of the Rings. A lot of my friends liked it, but I just never enjoyed it. I appreciate its literary value and all, but I never wanted to reread it.

  2. I love you list. We had some of the same titles on our list as well. I’ve never read The Wizard of Oz or Cyrano, but they’re on my TBR list for some day.

    1. Read Cyrano soon! And then watch Kevin Kline’s portrayal of Cyrano (it’s on DVD and probably online somewhere too). It’s brilliant. Hilarious and adventurous and romantic…seriously wonderful.

  3. Great list! The Hobbit and just JRR Tolkien in general are amazing ❤ I would love to read Les Miserables but I can see it taking me forever! Lord of the Flies is another one I want to get to! Great choices 🙂

    Becca @ Lost in Thought
    My TTT

    1. I have literally been reading Les Miserables (off and on, of course) for 10 years. I suppose it’s fitting, Les Mis covers such a large time-span so I guess I should take just as long to read it? Sure, let’s go with that.

  4. I just read P&P for the first time last summer. Now I understand why people love Austen so much. And I read part of Les Miserables in my French class in high school and ever since I’ve wanted to read it in the original language (hahahaha… my French is terrible).

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