(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup hosted by the blog The Broke and Bookish.)
As I was thinking about my favorite classics, I looked over Broke and Bookish's favorite classics and was amazed that so many of the ones they mentioned were ones I loved as well. Actually, I had to cut a lot of well-loved classics. But here are the ones that I believe everybody absolutely has to pick up before they die.
1. Huckleberry Finn or something else by Mark Twain-There really is nothing like Mark Twain. My favorite is probably Huckleberry Finn, but I shrieked with laughter at the Book for Bad Boys and Girls.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird-I first read this in about 9th grade and fell in love with the characters. It's still one of my favorites. In fact, I want to go reread it right now.
3. Bleak House by Charles Dickens-I read the whole book and loved it.
4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen-I love J.A., but this book is my favorite. I have always identified with Elinor Dashwood more than any other Austen character.
5. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell-Gaskell is an oft-overlooked author and I want to set about to change that. Everybody needs to read something by Gaskell.
6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier-I think Rebecca has become well-love enough that it can be considered a classic.
7. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster-This coming-of-age classic is one of my favorites.
8. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte-Poor Anne Bronte. She always gets so overlooked, yet her writing is just as good as the other two Bronte sisters (am I committing some blasphemy by even writing that?) without the nonstop drama.
9. The Odyssey by Homer-I actually really enjoyed this book. I listened to it on audiobook two years ago and it's one of my favorites now.
10. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson-Treasure Island is good, but Kidnapped wins. It's far more thrilling, the pace is faster, and I like the characters better.