Top Ten Tuesday posts are my favourite to read! A lot of bloggers out there have created their own prompts and you can definitely follow them but I am going to blaze my own path and do what I feel like. I find it easier for me that way. Without futher ado check out this week’s Top 10! I am focusing on Classics because the gals from A Take From Two Cities
inspired me with their post to share my own favourite classics!
When you hear the word classics what automatically comes to mind? For me it’s definitely Jane Austen & the Bronte sisters! I can’t help but think that these women are true pioneers. In the 1700s and the 1800s when women were so opressed these women were heroes. This is why I make it a point to read classics – they are what forged the path for writers today, specifically women writers.
10. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
This book thoroughly creeped me out. I remember I was probably 13 when I read this one and 13 year old me was grasping the metaphors but at the same time was completely weirded out. I did end up re-reading Metamorphosis in my early University years because it stuck with me and I enjoyed it when I was older as well, albeit still creeped out.
9. Animal Farm by George Orwell
I first read Animal Farm in my grade 10 English class. I feel like this was one of the first books to solidify my love for reading. I was one of those excited kids who sat during “reading time” and read and absorbed the words while other kids passed notes to one another. During class discussions my teacher laughed and would always let me answer. What a fond memory. And Animal Farm is fucking fantastic. Continues to stay with me years later. Orwell’s insight into the human condition is mind blowing.
8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Another high school mandatory read! But no matter I loved it all the same. I have not re-read this one since grade 10 English class but since this coming year is 2020 I’ll be returning to the roaring 20s! That blinking light at the end of the dock is calling me once again.
I actually found a joke about that light this week. It was one of those imgur threads and it went something like this “the sexual tension when you and your crush are online on Facebook at the same time and you just stare at their little green dot and suddenly you know what Gatsby felt like”. The comment right after said “this is actually the most profound and appropriate literary allusion I’ve encountered so far this week”. I burst out laughing, totally agree! I also had to pick the OG cover I read not one of these fancy covers I see all over the place even though I really want to collect one of those fancy covers.
7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Oh the atmosphere! Oh the angst and pain! This book was so good. I actually purchased this book in Serbian to try and read because I wanted to see if I would feel the same feelings as I did while reading it in English. This was not a highschool read but rather a book I found on my own when I was 17 or so. Heathcliffe, the OG complicated love interest.
6. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride & Prejudice was my first Austen! I watched the movie with Keira Knightley and I knew I had to read the book after. I devoured it. This book made me laugh, made me feel for the characters and made me want to take long walks with my own novels. I love watching the movie every year. I’ve re-read the book one more time since originally reading it and I know it’ll be my favourite on my shelf for years to come.
5. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
My favourite Shakespeare play! I originall read this… you guessed it in English class! I swear that grade 10 English class was a pivotal moment for me in terms of reading. We read the book, saw a rendition of the play in movie format (can’t quite remember which one) and then we travelled to Stratford, Ontario to watch a live play. I was obsessed. Lady Macbeth was the ultimate goth guys. Years later I picked it up again midway through University because I saw the play was coming to Stratford again so I had to re-read it and watch the play. Last year the play was repeated (different set, different actors) in Stratford so I re-read it again and went to go see this reenactment. It was my favourite version. So well done! The Fassbender version of the movie was released as well which I had to watch. Macbeth will live on. Can’t wait to repeat the process in the upcmong years because I know Stratford will deliver again!
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
There’s something about sisterhood in books isn’t there? That bond? The drama! All of it. I love Little Women. Each of them are so different and unique and I just want to smush them in a giant hug. This is such a beautiful book I like to revisit it every few years. I read this one after I watched the classic Winona Ryder take and loved both of them. Not sure about this new film though…no offence but Emma Watson is not a great actress and just seeing her face in the trailer completely pulled me out of the movie. Hopefully Saorise can win us over.
3. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
I was so late to the Daphne du Maurier band wagon! I only read Rebecca this past year but omg I fell in love with that book. du Maurier was ahead of her time. She ends the chapters in cliff hangers which was not reminisint of the times and I just couldn’t put it down. This all started because a dear friend told me I would love this book. I wasn’t sure but she did mention there was a mini series for her other book, Jamaica Inn, so I gave it a watch. I binged. It was SO good. Immediately I knew I had to pick up Rebecca next. Also, du Maurier is Canadian and totally is one with the moors. Can’t wait to re-read this gem in the future.
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre was my very first classic! That is the first classic I ever read. I remember being completely immersed and captured by Jane’s voice. I felt like I found a friend. There’s a reason this book is a classic. You follow Jane throughout her life and the book is so haunting. Ugh, I love it. I really like the Masterpiece Theatre rendition mini-series as well, that one is in my opinon the best! I try to re-read Jane Eyre every few years. I’m due for a re-read.
1. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Some people will say oh The Hobbit isn’t a classic because it’s not literary fiction or “serious” fiction. I have heard both of these terms used and I always defend my smol bean. In definition, Classics are a work of art of recognized and established value. Is that not The Hobbit 100%?! Yes. Yes it is. I adore this book. From the songs to the story to the characters. I re-read this book every November. I just get this itch. And then I re-watch The Lord of the Rings because I need a further hobbit fix. The Hobbit movies are okay but I much prefer the LOTR movies. Legendary!
Have you read any of these? Do you plan to in the future?