Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday! Favorite Classic Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. "To know where you're going, you have to know where you've been." said... someone. But the point is, we're talking classics! There is a mix of ones we've read and ones we would like to read.

  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse - With any classic you'll hear good and bad. I've read many mixed reviews on Siddhartha, but hasn't soothed my want to start this 1922 tale
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin - This has always sounded so scandalous to me. I'm not sure why I haven't picked it up yet, but by synopsis alone, it's right up my alley.
  • Poe's Complete Poetical Works by Edgar Allan Poe - Poe has been on my bookshelf for ever. I simply haven't opened this book of poetry. Maybe soon.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - We read a lot of classics in school. This was one of very few that stuck with me. In my opinion, it's a book that everyone should read.
  • Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens - I say this all the time, books that twine dark and light are my favorites, and Our Mutual Friend is definitely both, as are the characters.

  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - I adore the film but there is something about reading the book as well. I have wanted to read this one for years. The story of these mothers and daughters is something I think that spans race. This year might be the year I read it.
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - I hated this book when I had to read it in high school. It wasn't until years later that I realized I actually liked it very much and I understood Holden more than I thought. 
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - This was my father's favorite book. I always said I would read it but something held me back. I think it was the fact that I was scared I wouldn't like it. Maybe I should still give it a chance.
  • Othello by William Shakespeare - Probably my favorite works of Billy Shakespeare. The sneakiness and darkness is addicting. The way Iago basically ruins the lives of all around him, horrible yet powerful.
  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells - This was another one that I didn't want to read but the moment I started it in my Science Fiction class, I was addicted. It didn't even feel like a story in the usual sense. Much better than the Tom Cruise version.
What are some of your favorite classics?

Until Next Time!


  1. I really love Poe's work too! Most people find it disturbing, but I like the graceful flow of his writing. I am ashamed to say that I have not read The Hobbit yet, but I am going to get to it soon, I promise!

  2. Vero @ Talking BookwormJuly 1, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    I loved that I'm seeing To Kill A Mockingbird Everywhere! And I totally forgot about The Joy Luck Club. It's one of my favorites too!

  3. These are great choices! Goodness, I love Edgar Allan Poe. Gothicism at its finest. :)

  4. I took a science fiction class and Poe was actually viewed as one of the first in that genre. So freaky yet fitting.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I've wanted to read Joy Lick club for years! I actually rewatched the movie the other day lol

    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. That's how I feel about the Hobbit too! Lol

    Thanks for stopping by!!

  7. The Hobbit is fantastic! Though, I still need to actually finish it... I also loved To Kill a Mockingbird, but it's been SO long since I've read it I don't remember much.

    Thanks for stopping by My TTT

  8. Really? Hmmm. That's interesting. I never really thought of him that way.

  9. Yeah me either. It was weird. It was a short story about coming back from the dead.

  10. Great lists, you two! The Hobbit is amazing! As is To Kill A Mockingbird, The War of the Worlds, and Poe!

  11. I haven't read any of these. :( Husband bought me The Awakening a LONG time ago and I just haven't read it yet. Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  12. Interesting list. And that reminds me - The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells is another classic I need to read. :)

  13. I haven't read many of these. I have read To Kill a Mockingbird and Othello. There are some that I want to read from your lists. Great picks!
    I hope you both enjoy reading the ones that you haven't yet!
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! :D