Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Top Ten Favorite Classics

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When I was a teenager, I read three things: pretentious classic literature, British royal history non-fiction, and "chick lit". My beach bags usually had Dostoevsky and Sophie Kinsella side by side. I read Meg Cabot as a young teen and a smattering of YA, but it wasn't until Twilight and then, to an even larger degree, The Hunger Games that I returned to the world of YA that I'd loved so much as a preteen.

Why am I telling you this? To let you know that I am a HUGE lover of classics, mostly the British kinds with men in breeches, repressed sexual tension, and epic romance. Here are some of my favorite classics of all time:

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All of her books. They all occupy such a special part of my heart and I can recite entire passages from Emma and Pride and Prejudice from memory.

I love all of Forster's books, but this book in particular is EVERYTHING I LOVE. Romance! Florence! Edwardian England! Mistakes! Kisses in fields of violets!

 I looooove Charlotte Bronte. I know she's not everyone's cup of tea, but I just cannot get enough of moors and quiet, independent heroines. Jane Eyre is my absolute favorite, but Shirley and, in particular, Villette are so worth reading.

Anne is frequently maligned as the lesser Bronte, but I'd take Anne over Emily any day and Gilbert Markham over Heathcliff ANY TIME.

My favorite Dickens. The ending made me clutch my heart and roll over and die a little from the beauty of it all and I miiiiight have written a little teenage fanfiction about Sydney Carton, love of my life? SHHH DON'T TELL.

THIS BOOK. This tiny little book that I read in one sitting. It made me cry in the middle of freaking Starbucks.

I never would ahve read this book if my high school hadn't forced it on me, since the Vietnam War is not usually a topic I gravitate towards, but holy smokes is this book amazing.

Can I be Flora Poste when I grow up please and thank you

Book of my heart. I do not write this post sitting in the kitchen sink, but I totally should have done for authenticity's sake.

Even though the romantic ending is TO BE IGNORED, I found a soul sister in Jo March as a kid and have read this boom numerous, numerous times (but Jo and Laurie forever COME ON NOW)

BONUS! Favorite childhood classics: A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.


  1. I absolutely adore Little Women. It's such a lovely, charming read. Great list!

  2. Not including a couple books on your bonus list, how have I not read any of these books or authors? (Yes, not even Jane Austen!) I seriously need to catch up on my classic lit, because I am centuries behind. And LITTLE WOMEN--I hear and see people loving that book (and movie? show?) up a LOT. Great list with pretty artwork!

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

  3. Jane Austen! A Room With a View! I Capture the Castle! A Tale of Two Cities! All great titles :) Been meaning to read Graham Greene's The End of the Affair; I've read some of his books and have greatly enjoyed them :)

    My TTT

  4. Jane Eyre all the way! That's one classic I was actually able to read through!

  5. Heck yeah to Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. And I seriously need to read I Capture the Castle and Little Women. Both have been on my list for AGES.

    I heard Meg Cabot talk once, and she said that a favorite book of hers growing up was Cold Comfort Farm! I need to read that one, too!

  6. I ADORED Tale of Two Cities! It is my absolute favorite. I named my pet fish Darnay. I haven't read A Room With a View but really want to! And OMG YES to ignoring the romantic ending of Little Women!!!! Glad I'm not alone on that.


  8. I would also like an Austen recitation. And these are so pretty. YOUR BANNERS. LOOK AT THEM.


    Which Charlotte Bronte novel would I like best do you think?

    I must read Anne!

    *hums past that one*

    Oooh, I need to read some Graham Greene.

    All about Vietnam War topics. I own several of his books but blogging and things.

    Want this too.

    YOUNG HENRY CAVILL. Okay, I like the movie better but the book is good also. Best banner.

    Little Christina could not make it through Little Women in book form. Must try again. Basically I didn't get why it didn't have Christian Bale's face.

  9. Hahaha I myself adore some Austen and the Bronte babes are the best, but what really got me was the inclusion of Dickens and Dodie Smith on your list. Love it! :)

  10. Your list would be very similar to my favorite classics. I decided to take a different approach and list ten classics you might not have heard of. That was an enjoyable exercise too.


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