Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Classics

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Favorite & Least Favorite Classics

I don’t read a lot of classics, but they’re always the one thing I keep telling myself I’m going to read more of. And never do, of course.  There are a lot of classics I never had to read in school, but now that I’m getting older, I’m finding I’m more willing to attempt to read them, and that even if I don’t like them, I still can appreciate them.  I’ve come across some I like, and some I don’t like, why not talk about both?

Favorite Classics:

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  Pride And Prejudice is one of my more cliche answers, but it is also the book that got me into classics.  I just randomly picked it up at the bookstore one day years ago, read it, and realized that not all classics are boring.
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I haven’t read it in forever, and I know it’s cliche to like it, but it’s one of the very few books I read in high school and actually liked.
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.  I like this one so much better than Wuthering Heights.  I really read to re-read Jane Eyre, because it’s been a while since I’ve read it.
  4.  A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith.  I read this a few years ago, and loved it more than I think I expected to.
  5. Anne Of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.  I’ve actually only read the first couple books in the series, but I really liked the first two, and at some point, I’ll have to go back and finish the entire series.

Least Favorite Classics:

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  I just couldn’t stand Wuthering Heights, and I have no plans to read it ever again.
  2. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  This was a hard one to get through because of how the characters spoke.  And I just couldn’t get into it at all.
  3. The Call Of The Wild by Jack London.  I couldn’t get into it at all, and I really wish that I had been better about DNF-ing books when I read it.
  4. 1984 by George Orwell.  I appreciate it as an important dystopic novel, but I was also really bored reading it.
  5. Anything by Shakespeare.  I had to read Shakespeare in school, but I never liked the plays we had to read.  I think a large part of my dislike is because we had to read plays, and I think I would have liked them better if I had to see them performed.  Plays- for me- are really meant to be seen and not actually read.

2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Classics

  1. We have some of the same classics as favorites on our list. I actually haven’t read the books that were your least favorites, except The Call of the Wild and I didn’t like it either. I do think you might like Shakespeare more now that you’re not being forced to read his plays. Some of them really are amazing.

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