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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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I just couldn’t stand Wuthering Heights, and I have no plans to read it ever again.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1984 by George Orwell. I appreciate it as an important dystopic novel, but I was also really bored reading it.
- 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.