Hello Readers! So this week’s TTT was a freebie week to list… whatever. I was gonna do my favorite books but I couldn’t get it under 20. I decided to split the list into two since I don’t really have anything for next week’s prompt.
This week will be my top ten favorite Classics and next Tuesday will be my top ten favorite Modern books. Alright, enough explaining, let’s get on with the show!
1. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
I truly believe that I read The Bell Jar at the right time in my life. I was in my mid-twenties and filled with anxiety and dreaded that I would choose the wrong path in life.
2. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
I read this book in 10th grade and it’s still one of my all-time favorite books. My jaw hit the ground a lot and I still remember how shocked I was by some of the reveals. I can’t wait to reread it for Classics Club!
*I usually don’t crap on movie adaptations but this is one book that sadly will never get an adaptation that’s even close to how amazing the book was.*
3. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
I’ve read a few dystopian novels but Fahrenheit 451 still gets to me unlike the others. Not just because burning books gives me the heeby-jeebies but the author’s insight of the future is scary (this was written in the ‘50s).
4. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
This was the first classic to break my heart. Even during my second reading I started to cry. What Frankenstein’s monster endures is incredibly moving.
5. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Roaring 1920’s plus the tragic tale of the rotting core of the ‘American Dream’ equals 100% Dope.
6. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
There are many books that have made me cry, but few devastated me like Hunchback. If you like happy endings you might want to stay clear of Hugo’s tale about fate and free will (the cartoon movie is rainbows and kittens compared to the book).
7. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
One of the best ‘coming-of-age’ stories I’ve read. Also, Mr. Rochester is always a bonus, no matter how conflicted I am about his character.
8. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
The love story is Pride and Prejudice (and we know how much I love P&P!) but it’s different in every other aspect. North and South is a ‘fish out of water’ tale that is both somber and moving.
9. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The best from Austen. If you haven’t read yet WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!
10. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
This is a book all High Schools should read (sorry Scarlet Letter). Growing up in the South, this book actually helped shed some light on the daily racism I witnessed. As a high school student I was deeply moved and challenge by this book, and thus very thankful.
BONUS! Favorite Short Story: The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
Forget gore and jump scares, this short story gave me goosebumps. Many were frustrated by how ambiguous the plot was, but I like how open the book is to interpretation. It reveals more about the reader than the characters.
Don’t forget to tune in next week for the favorite Modern books!
**Note: I did not consider Things Fall Apart for this list. After I complete the Classics Club’s Challenge I’ll re-do this list.**