Hidey Ho, Bookworms!
It’s time to get listy with it, and the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have provided me with a topic near and dear to my heart… Classic books that rock! I haven’t been in a super classics-y mood of late, but there are a good many that I have loved. Ready or not, here they come!
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (review)– Charlotte, you’re the only Brontë for me! I probably shouldn’t say that, as I haven’t read any of Anne’s work, but Wuthering Heights (review) was not my favorite (sorrynotsorry, EMILY.) I seriously doubt anything could live up to my adoration of Jane Eyre.
2. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo– I know a LOT of people do not enjoy this book. Frankly, I’m shocked that I liked it as much as I did. It may just have been the timing or the fact that I had the musical playing on repeat in my head the whole time (or the fun of pointing out inconsistencies from the book to the musical… That helped, being an insufferable know-it-all.) Given its sheer enormity I’m not sure it’s one I’d tackle again any time soon, but I really did like it!
3. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy- Oh Tess! This book, you guys. Tess had such a rough go of it, the poor girl. The quintessential victim of circumstance, our Tess.
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott-The March girls have had my heart since I was 11 years old. I still don’t know what a pickled lime is, and I’m curious… Does anybody know where I may procure pickled limes?
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- Northanger Abbey (review) runs a very close second place in the contest of my favorite Austen, but Pride and Prejudice wins out because it’s one of the books I was assigned to read in high school that I actually lurved. Nobody really expects to enjoy their homework, it felt like my dirty little secret. It was so soapy, and that Lydia! Scandalous.
6. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain- (which I intentionally list below Jane Austen because Twain was a notorious Austen hater, and I like to think I’m needling his ghost by doing so.) This was assigned reading my junior year of high school and I loved it. I was particularly drawn in by the segment about the family feud.
7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (review)- Mmmm I love a good dystopia. I won’t claim there aren’t days I wouldn’t love to have access to some SOMA, but I am pretty pleased not to be subject to government mandated orgies…
8. 1984 by George Orwell- Yep, two dystopias in a one list. Don’t judge me, yo!
9. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald- Another school assignment that turned out well! I find it a little disconcerting that at the age of 31 I have a desperate hankering for a BFF necklace. Thanks a lot, Modcloth. (It’s HERE, you know you want to look.)
10. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (review)- Francie Nolan, oh, how I love thee! I don’t know how I made it so many years before finally reading this book, but I’m SO GLAD that I did! I know I’d read excerpts from this book in school (the Christmas tree throwing incident, anyone?), but I didn’t appreciate the wonderfulness of the book until I read the whole thing. READ IT!!!
Bookworms, how many of you get down with the classics? What are some of your favorites?
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