Top Ten "Older" Books You Don't Want People To Forget About.
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I've always, always been a reader. Typical "excellent work" stickers and move up a class behaviour in school, but the reason I've always loved books so much is because of my mum. She'd read to my brother and I aloud every night when we were little and she's the type who always has a book on the go, and growing up I fell into the same patters. When I fist started branching out from kids or YA fiction at about 10 or 11 the first books my mum put into my hands were from authors like Dickens, Austen and the Brontë's, and I've never looked away from the "classics" since. These books have survived the test of time for a reason, here are some of my favourites.
1) Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë - My favourite love story of all time. Desperate, haunting and absolutely fantastic.
2) Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen - I've written a review on this book which you can read here.
3) Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë - I think I like Jane's character more than I like the books itself, and that seems to be the case with quite a lot of people, She's very...real, and she's the constant underdog.
4) Tess Of The D'urbervilles - Thomas Hardy - Poor Tess, I feel so terrible for her every time I read this. A book which shows you haw far women's rights have come and makes you truly understand the terrible stigmas put on girls in those times.
5) 1984 - George Orwell - I wrote a review on this book a few weeks ago, which you can read here. One of the most important books I feel I'll ever read, makes you so aware.
6) Little Women - Louisa May Alcott - I love the characters in story, and my favourites are the obvious; Jo and Beth, such a lovely, heart-warming tale about family and again women's rights, I love that Jo won't take no for an answer and is determined to write.
7) The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald - Again, I've written a review on this recently which you can read here.
8) A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess - A book I still find difficult to read, even after a few times. Ultra Violence and Human Nature. Viddy Well, Little Brother.
9) On The Road - Jack Kerouac - Again...haha, I have written a review of this which you can read here.
10) Junky - William Burroughs - In the same wild times of On The Road, such an exciting and well written (considering!) book, not for the less mature audience.
11) Little Birds - Anais Nin - Definitely not for the less mature audience. I adore Nin, I think her writing is fabulous, but lets leave it at that.
12) Howl - Allan Ginsberg - I think this must be included, one of my absolute favourite poems of all time, I'm with you in Rockland.
13) Tropic Of Cancer - Henry Miller - I'll leave this one vague for the same reasons as Little Birds.
14) Fiesta - Earnest Hemingway - Hemingway had to be on this list, I wasn't sure which to put down but Fiesta is a favourite of mine. Wonderful, vibrant, exciting, and home to one of my favourite females in literature, Brett Ashley.
I'm looking forward to seeing every one else's top ten!
Wuthering Heights = one of my favorite books ever! I'm considering re-reading it this winter, when the winds howl at my window and take me as close to "the moors" as I'll ever get....wonderful list, I agree with and appreciate your love of the classics!ReplyDelete
I'm lucky enough to live in the north of England so it's always perfect reading Wuthering Heights in winter over here, Really enjoyed yours too! xDelete
I'm ashamed to admit I've never read Wuthering Heights. The time is nigh!Delete
Great list! Unfortunately, I haven't read many classics outside those I read for school. I'd like to remedy that in the near future and these ones look like a good place to start. I did also enjoy 1984 even though I did read it as homework!ReplyDelete
My Top Ten
I actually still have all of my copies of school allocated books! Wish we'd gotten to study 1984 - We did Of Mice & Men instead - another great classic! Thanks for stopping by lovely xDelete
I have most of these books on my shelf but I have only read P&P (LOVED..just tried to read sense & sensibility and couldn't get into that one), The Great Gatsby (really enjoyed this one), 1984 (freaked me out in HS), Little Women (a fave!) and On The Road (one of my all time fave books...I'm a huge Kerouac fan!). You probably wouldn't know any of that by looking at my blog (I've been really YA focused lately) but I totally love all these classic books!ReplyDelete
That's the great thing about these "classics" though, no matter what you're currently into they're always relevant and great to read! Thanks for stopping by! xDelete
I really like your list Sophie, it's very diverse. Gatsby is a great fave of mine, not to mention Jane Eyre, which was the first 'adult' book I ever read, when I was twelve, and it had a pretty powerful impact. Little Womeis gorgeous too, I'd like to revisit that. If you like Fiesta, have you read The Garden of Eden? That's my favourite Hemingway.ReplyDelete
I haven't actually! I'll have to pick it up. I seem to collect his novels and always go back to ones I've read before instead picking up a new one! Thank you for the comment and the recommedndation lovely, I'll definitely be buying it xDelete
I loved Wuthering Heights - probably unlike most people, I actually liked the books they assigned us to read at my high school. Also Tess was great - I wish I could find time to re-read that this year.ReplyDelete
Me too! It's always great to have something to do - like school-work, with all the thoughts and ideas you pick up when reading a book, that's why I started blogging!Delete
Ah poor Tess - definitely not the book to read if you're feeling down, but great none the less! x
I have both Hemingway and Henry Miller on my list and I adore Jane Eyre. Great list,mt TTT.ReplyDelete
I hate typos, it's the same link, without the spelling error. My TTT.Delete
Haha, we'll just ignore the first one!Delete