Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Classic Books

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Classic Books

Top Ten Tuesday I like this Top Ten Tuesday prompt! As you may or may not have noticed, I am currently participating in the Classics Club Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to read 50 classics in 5 years. I started on August 1, 2012 and have so far read 29 classics. And before that I also read plenty of classics, of course. I really enjoy classics… and making a top ten is surprisingly difficult haha.

These are the ten classics that I would recommend to everyone:

Top Ten Favorite Classic Books

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    One of my favourite books of all times. The ultimate story of revenge. It’s brilliant, I love it.
  2. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    I read Rebecca earlier this year and loved it. The writing is amazing and so is the mystery!
  3. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
    I think it’s impossible to dislike this one. It’s awesome and funny. I’m not one for movie adaptations (The Count of Monte Cristo was the worst adaptation in the history of adaptations) but for Pimpernel I highly recommend the 1982 movie!
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Who cares about romance? I sure don’t. Unless… Pride and Prejudice.
  5. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    Because.
  6. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    A modern classic. Wasn’t sure if I should put it on here, but it’s generally regarded as a classic. Yay dystopia!
  7. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    I have warm feelings for this book especially because it was the first book I ever read in Japanese. But besides that, this book is wonderful. Feelings.
  8. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
    I read this before I went to see the play (the one with David Tennant and Catherine Tate). Hilarious. The snark is high with this one.
  9. 1984 by George Orwell
    There were bits I found tough in this book. It wasn’t an easy read, but it’s well worth it.
  10. Kokoro by Natsumi Soseki
    One of the few Japanese classics that I truly enjoyed (yes, I admit it).

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Classic Books

  1. I really like the film version of Rebecca — I love anything Hitchcock. I did, more recently, read the book as well, though. I have the Scarlet Pimpernel sitting on my shelf to read. Count of Monte Cristo and Handmaid’s Tale are both books I loved that ultimately didn’t make it on my list. Great list. Here’s mine.

    1. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I hear it’s really good. Must watch it soon 🙂
      There’s so many classics, so I’m curious what’s on your list *runs off to check*

  2. I love your list, there’s a bit of everything! Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde are also my favourite authors! I’m not even sure what would be my top ten list… let me try:
    1. Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott is a huge favourite.
    2. L’assommoir by Émile Zola
    3. Le père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac
    4. Animal Farm by George Orwell
    5. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    6. De la Terre à la Lune & Autour de la Lune by Jules Vernes (that’s 2 books, I’m cheating but they form a series)
    7. The Odyssey by Homer (NOT translated into verses)
    8. La Peste, by Albert Camus (a great, great one)
    9. Metamorphoses by Ovid (not translated into verses again)
    10. La Princesse de Clèves de Marie-Madeleine de La Fayette
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  3. I debated putting Shakespeare’s plays on my list as well – then figured I could probably do a whole post about them 🙂 Great list – a number on your list were near-misses for me.

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