Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the awesome people of The Broke and the Bookish
This is a subject I’d like to share with since I normally stick to the YA genre. However I have enjoyed many-a-classic so here are my top 10 favorite classic books! These are books I have actually read and watched every movie based on and own the movie and book. If any of these books interest you, click on the book and it will take you to goodreads to add to your TBR…enjoy!
This has been and probably will always be my absolute favorite classic. I read this fresh out of high school and have seen every rendition of movie adaptation. I love everything about this book. I will even read remakes of this book but so far have hated every one of them. It’s a hard one to redo, plus it really bothers me that if you’re going to redo this book then you MUST stick to the WHOLE POINT of this book. Jane was plain but she was smart and good. She had a moral compass and it was her morals that kept her from making mistakes that would’ve tortured her the rest of her life. I love the book, the romance, the mystery, the tortured soul…everything.
Along with a beautifully written classic is Pride and Prejudice. The ORIGINAL book (for me) about two people who grossly misunderstand, misjudge and condemn each other and hate each other but then through change and experiences that bring them together often enough that they fall in love. I will read ANY remake or book based or story loosely based off this book because I love books where two characters absolutely hate each other and then slowly fall in love with one another. It’s so romantic and makes for the best of storytelling. *sigh*
Being raised in a highly political family I chose to read this book on my own one summer. I will never forget the librarian who thought I was odd when I told her that I wasn’t reading this for school but because I wanted to. I was fascinated with the story and then in my teenage mind applied it to today society. I totally see the comparison and what Orwell was trying to portray. I sat riveted and engrossed in the story and by the end of the book I was blown away. I really need to reread this again especially now. I think in most of our society it’s hard to tell between the animals and humans now…just my opinion and that’s all I will say about that and politics. haha
If there is one book that I can honestly say help shape my thoughts and opinions on life, it would be this book. This book was simply amazing and I couldn’t put the book down I was fascinated with this real insight into what it was like inside the mind set of a concentration camp prisoner and survivor. No matter how bad I think I’ve got it, I will always remember this story and what attitude I choose to have during whatever trial I’m going through. This helped me in so many ways. It was such a short book that I wish he would keep going with the stories and the psychology it was all just fascinating and brilliant.
Seriously? How is this book not on everyone’s favorite classic’s list. I read this book in high school and it’s got to be one of the most brilliant books every written. I remember falling for his satire and thinking that there has to be an unabridged version and even tried finding it…to no avail obviously. This book was full of fun and the movie adaptation does it justice but if you’re a fan of the movie and have yet to read the book then you are missing out and need to put this book at the top of your TBR (to-be-read) list. It’s pure genius.
I loved the movie with Lawrence Olivier and Joan Fontaine and knew I wanted to read the book. The book is a bit more descriptive but that’s what makes this so amazing and really brings to the mind this classic tale of romantic suspense. I read it YEARS ago and I should probably re-read it sometime soon because I don’t remember much of the book, probably because I’ve got the movie so ingrained in my mind but I think I recall the movie being very close to the book. Correct me if I’m wrong. Anyway this is just a classic and of course I loved it because my name is Rebekah….granted it’s obviously spelled different…
This is the only Charles Dickens book I’ve ever read. Truth. However for me it’s one of the most powerful stories of all time, in my opinion. Regardless of the silly movie remakes (muppets is a classic, but the best is the version with George C. Scott as Scrooge) and the awful musicals based off this book, the overall story of this book and the moral and the truth and message given from this story is one that makes it a classic. How many of us wish they could go back in time and watch old memories that helped shaped who they are today. Would it help? Would you do things differently from now on? The book has lines and dialogue that is powerful to think about. Are we a scrooge? or are we a Tim? our life experiences do shape us but our choices with how we live our lives will determine our own outcome.
I know this book is under a TON of scrutiny because it can be considered racist and sexist. Granted this was written at a totally different time, but, can’t it also just be a fun good story? I read this book as a teen and I remember getting so upset that Tarzan and Jane hadn’t gotten together by the end of the book that I threw it across the room (I know, I know I should be stoned). But I’m so glad they didn’t because I loved book two as much as I loved book one. I just love the IDEA of this story. I think, if it’s possible for a baby or boy to be raised by apes and learn to read and write without hearing or understanding language? Is it possible? maybe…probably not. BUT that’s what makes this classic so fun! I LOVE the story of Tarzan and Jane *sigh* so romantic.
Again, another classic beautiful story I read because I love the movie so much. Yes I am totally one of those people who watch black and white films because they were the best! my husband hates them but who needs him right? 😉 anyway this is just another sweet beautiful story, a bit long winded and detailed but that was that time of writing style and yet the story wasn’t lost. It’s another deep romantic story about never giving up hope and love. It’s just a beautiful tale and it’s by the same author who wrote Good-Bye, Mr. Chips another brilliant and amazing love story that changes you as the reader (or you could just watch the classic versions of these two) you will be moved and touched in ways that a lot of books now-a-days have lost in story writing.
One cannot have a classic list without at least ONE childrens book. This book is on my favorites because this book was only read to me by my father and he was a brilliant story-teller. This is a classic book because children and adults love it’s flowing writing and fun use of words. I own this book and currently read it to my kids and hope they love it as much as I did. This brings back loving and fun memories of my childhood and with my father. So this, even a children’s book will forever be on my list.
I hope I have inspired you to either read or watch the movie of these books, they are all amazing if you need a well written story or something to move and inspire you then these books (or movies) will be it. I love classics there is a reason why they are held in such esteem. Let me know some of your favorite books that are considered classics in your eyes.