My Top 11 Favorite Classic Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Favorite Classic Books. I decided to do my Top 11 because I honestly didn’t think I would be able to come up with 10 classics I really liked, and then when I did that plus one, I didn’t have the heart to cut anything. So here they are, in no particular order… (BTW, I’m defining “classic” as those typical high school reads.)

1. The Scarlet Pimpernel

GR-thescarletpimpernelThis is my most recently read classic, and while I found the beginning a little slow and the ending a little too quick, I enjoyed the in-between, and might have to read one of The Scarlet Pimpernel sequels sometime!

2. Pride & Prejudice

GR-pride&prejudiceI don’t love Jane Austen’s writing, but I love her stories. Out of the three books I’ve read by her so far, Pride and Prejudice, my first Austen read, is still my favorite. Even though there are some slow and/or moments (OMG SHUT UP LYDIA), it has also some very notable swoon-worthy moments!

3. Little Women

GR-littlewomenObviously I love Little Women, since part of my blog name is dedicated to Jo March. I think this book will forever be the quintessential coming of age tale. And Jo and Laurie are still my OTP, no matter how much Louisa May Alcott broke my heart with the two of them.

4. To Kill a Mockingbird

GR-tokillamockingbirdI have to admit I don’t remember a lot about this one from my high school days, except the basic premise, the main characters, and that I really did like it. Harper Lee made her one book writing career count.

5. Crime and Punishment

GR-crime&punishmentI know, some of you are probably thinking, seriously?! Believe me, when I had to read this over the summer before my senior year for AP English I was not looking forward to it, but it surprised me! It’s really a psychological thriller of sorts! So the book is a little bloated with a dumb subplot about Raskolinkov’s sister, but I forgive it. This book impacted me so much I made a short film based on the book for my Honors College thesis project four years after reading it.

6. The Giver

GR-thegiverI didn’t read The Giver until almost two years ago and I wish I had been required to read it in school! It’s simple enough for older children to understand, and yet still completely thought-provoking.

7. The Picture of Dorian Gray

GR-thepictureofdoriangrayI read this one the same summer as Crime and Punishment and I quickly became an Oscar Wilde fan. We read one of his other stories for my English class that year, and I even read another for fun since it was in the same book. All of his stories are witty, but this one also makes you think.

8. The Hobbit

gr-thehobbitI was determined to hate this one when I was required to read it in 8th grade, but caught up in my first-ever true fantasy read.

9. The Crucible

GR-thecrucibleThis is another one that really made me think and has continued to impact me over the years. This play actually serves an important purpose in the first novel I ever wrote.

10. Rebecca

GR-rebeccaOh, the suspense! My sophomore year English teacher recommended this to me when we had to pick a classic to read for a film project, and I’m so glad she did!

11. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

GR-sherlock-holmesI don’t have this one linked because it’s too confusing to choose among the variations of Sherlock Holmes on Goodreads. I’m not even sure if I have actually read the complete adventures or just some of the short stories, but I absolutely love what I have read. I even “re-read” some of Sherlock’s adventures earlier this year via audiobook and I loved them just as much as I did in high school.

What are your favorite classics? Any from my list you plan to read? 

19 Responses to My Top 11 Favorite Classic Books

  1. I always think Little Women would be a good book to read, and even though I have it on my kindle something else flashy always catches my attention.

    One of my favorite classics is The Count of Monte Cristo. Apparently, I read an abridged version because I had no idea its 1200 pages. But i really loved the version I read 🙂

    • It really is great, but I understand flashy things grabbing your attention! I want to read The Count of Monte Cristo sometime, abridged or unabridged.

  2. I have to admit that The Scarlet Pimpernel has been sitting, unread, on my bookshelf for a long time. I just have not had the time to read it. Your recommendation is the motivation I needed!

  3. I actually read To Kill a Mockingbird on my own, though I barely remember what it’s about. I might pick it up again. But YES to the Giver and Pride and Prejudice!

  4. Oh, The Giver is a great choice! I wish I’d thought of that one. Pride & Prejudice and Little Women were both on my list as well. But To Kill a Mockingbird and Crime & Punishment both actually made my top 5 least liked classics, lol.

  5. I’ve read The Scarlet Pimpernel, Pride and Prejudice, The Giver, To Kill a Mockingbird, Crime and Punishment, and The Hobbit, and loved them all! With the exception of C&P, because I had to read it all in 2 days and it just murdered me. I think I’d like it more if I could read it in smaller increments 🙂

  6. I totally agree about The Giver. I think my brother read it in school. I didn’t get to it until my adult life, and that was after having read Gathering Blue (which is my favorite from the quartet). Are you excited for or wary about the upcoming film adaptation?

    • I’m wary, unfortunately. The first trailer didn’t look too good, and the second one looked fine if it hadn’t been for the fact that they changed quite a bit of the story (either that or it was very deceitful editing). What about you?

    • Also, I just tried to leave a comment on your blog but for some weird reason WordPress is totally not recognizing me. I just wanted to mention that from your list I really want to read Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451!

  7. So many I have yet to read, but really need to someday! I’m not a classic person, but I want to be. The Giver and To Kill a Mockingbird are some I REALLY need to SOMEDAY since they seem to always be talked about (And The Giver’s trailer looks really interesting:)

    • I pretty much either really enjoy classics or really don’t, but obviously these are ones I really enjoyed! The Giver’s trailer looks more like a tragedy if you’ve read the book, ha ha, since it seems they changed quite a bit!

  8. SO many of these I like..especially the Scarlet Pimpernel! Have you ever heard the musical?

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