This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, and it took me forever to decide what I wanted my list to be. After much thought, debate, and chocolate, I decided to go with something simple. My top ten favorite classics. I’m going to try to keep it from being repetitive, but everyone knows, some authors are just too good to resist.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird is by far my favorite classic of all time. You will never, ever find a fictional novel with more meaning, or will touch you more, than this book. If you haven’t read it yet, you need to drop everything right now and get yourself a copy. You will never regret, or forget, reading this book.
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2. Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables is a classic novel that most girls have read at some point in their lifetime. What many people don’t know, however, is the fact that there are more than just the first book. Anne of Green Gables is wonderful, but there is also Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne’s House of Dreams, Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, and Rilla of Ingleside—the last two being more about Anne’s children than Anne herself. In my opinion, the later books are even better than the first. But beware, both Anne’s House of Dreams and Rilla of Ingleside—although definitely more Rilla of Ingleside—are real tear-jerkers, so I would be sure to have a box of tissues handy. Honestly, I’d have to say Rilla of Ingleside is probably my favorite of them all, but I have read each and every one at least three times since I purchased them.
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3. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm series by Eric Wiggin
Another classic series I have read many times since I purchased them, and another book that many people do not know is actually part of a series. Although Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a classic that is fairly well known, not many people have ever even heard of Rebecca of the Brick House and Rebecca Returns to Sunnybrook. As I said about Anne, the later novels are even better than the first, and all are well worth reading. I haven’t read them recently—which makes me want to toss aside my blog to-read list so that I can re-read them once more—but I have so many great memories of all the times I read them, growing up and even after. This is another classic series that you absolutely must read.
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4. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Although I’m not entirely sure that this is considered a classic by the rest of the world, I believe that it is. I read this book for school when I was in my early years of middle school, and I was a bit reluctant at first. A witch? Really? But as soon as I got within the first couple of chapters, I knew that this would be a novel I would love forever. And I still do. I have read it multiple times since then, and I know it will be something I will recommend to my future children.
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5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
All seven of these books are by far some of my favorite books of all time. C. S. Lewis is a genius. And The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle are perfect examples of classic, Biblical based literature. They are so, so good. I could read them over and over, even now, despite the fact that they are ‘children’s books’. The movies are wonderful as well, but there is nothing like reading through all the books of this series.
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6. The Little Women series by Louisa May Alcott
Another classic series I have yet to get enough of. I have read all four of these books—Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, and Jo’s Boys—many, many times, and I love them all dearly. Jo’s Boys is by far my favorite, but all of them really are wonderful novels. For those who are curious, the Little Women movie—the really, really good one with Christian Bale and Kirsten Dunst—is based on both Little Women and Good Wives. Anyway, all four of these are really good, and well worth reading.
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7. Persuasion by Jane Austen
Now is when I’m going to start to sound repetitive. Jane Austen is by far my favorite classic novelist, and I have loved everything I’ve read by her (which is all of her books except for one—the only one I don’t own). Persuasion is so, so good, but I cannot say that it is my favorite. I love each one I am going to list pretty much equally, although all for different reasons. The stories are wonderful, and Persuasion is just one of the sweetest stories I have ever read. I read it for the first time a couple of years ago and then read it again less than half a year later, just because I loved it so much, if that tells you anything.
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8. Emma by Jane Austen
Emma is another wonderful example of Jane Austen’s books. Although it might be the longest of them all, it is really so, so good, and is another one I read, and then re-read, all within the span of about a year. Mr. Knightly is amazing, and the entire storyline is just heart-melting. I turn into a little puddle every time I so much as think of this novel. If you haven’t read it yet, you need to re-evaluate your life.
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9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is literally one of the best books I have ever read. And the movie…oh my word I melt just thinking about it. It is by far my favorite movie of all time. I cannot get enough of it and have seen it more than ten times. I’ve read the book quite a few times as well. It is just so, so good. I mean, beyond words good. Jane Austen hit it out of the park with this one (but then, doesn’t she always).
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10. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Another movie that I absolutely love, this story is one of my favorites as well. While the movie is completely and utterly wonderful, the book is, in my opinion, even better. There are a few things that were left out of the movie that really make the story what it is, and I just really enjoyed reading it, all of the many times that I have. Although the multiple Mr. Dashwoods at the beginning can get a little confusing, once you get past the first chapter it is smooth sailing for a wonderful tale of hearts that are broken before love wins in the end.
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So, that’s my top ten list for the week! What are your favorite classics?
Happy reading and happy Tuesday!