Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Top 10 Classics and Some Notable Mentions

This is a feature of the Broke and the Bookish

Classics. I wish I read more of them. I know I've mentioned many of these in previous posts, and I'm excited to have them all together now in a top 10 list!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
In my top 5 novels of all time. I love this book. I love Jane as a narrator, I love how modern and relevant this book feels today. I love exploring the feminist themes. I love the romance and the mystery and you better believe I had trouble sleeping at night after having read one of the creepiest scenes in all of literature! Bronte was an author ahead of her time.

Persuasion by Jane Austen
My favorite of Austen's novels. I love the quiet longing and strength and the hope of second chances.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
One of my first books. This will remind me forever of my mother.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
This is not a book, this is an experience.

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
A comedy of manners, a study of society, brilliantly written.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Jean Valjean is one of the most sympathetic characters in all of literature.

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
My favorite play of all time; Ibsen's progressive thinking is heartening.

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
The ultimate story of revenge- Edmond masterfully manipulates his enemies into orchestrating their own downfall.

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
The most skillful plot construction I've ever read... and darn funny, too!

A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
One of my favorite comfort books; it makes me want to return to nature.

Some notable mentions:
North and South- Think Pride and Prejudice meets industrial England
Great Expectations- Dickens is a literary mastermind and Miss Havisham is my favorite
Tess of the D'Urbervilles- I've already made my feelings on Hardy evident
The Yellow Wallpaper- Brilliant social and psychological examination
The Crucible- "IT IS MY NAME!" Heartbreaking.
Anne of the Island - My favorite of L.M. Montgomery's works!



  1. Great list! The Count of Monte Cristo is the book I most want to cross off my TBR this year - it's just such a beast of a book! Jane Eyre's a brilliant classic, and if you're interested in feminist classics I highly recommend The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. :)

  2. Great list! I really need to read Persuasion. I have P&P on my list, but I'm starting to feel like I'm missing out by not having gotten to this one yet.

  3. I would love to read Les Miserables. I absolutely loved the new film version. The story is just so heartbreaking. Jane Eyre is a beautiful story and I really loved Persuasion. Such a sweet book and I adore Captain Wentworth! Great list :)

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  4. I've always wanted to read Catch 22 but never gotten to it. I might just have to add to my list. Thanks for sharing your list!

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  5. I've seen the Count of Monte Cristo on a number of lists, and I'm ashamed to say that I've not yet read it (see that - I fully plan on it ... someday). I'm thinking I need to move it up the list!

  6. Good call on The Crucible! Somehow it never occurred to me that I could include plays in my list.

  7. I really loved Count of Monte Cristo in high school but it's been so long and I don't remember anymore all the details :D
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