Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday - Classic Books - AmberBug

Top Ten Tuesday from "The Broke and the Bookish"

This will be my third contribution to "Top Ten Tuesday" from The Broke and Bookish. The topic this week is all about the classics. The suggestion is to do 10 favorite classic books and/or 10 "want to read" classic books. I think I'll try and tackle both. I'll run them down side by side, one I've read and loved and the other one I'd love to read. This should be fun. 

This first grouping is ALL about Victor Hugo, an Author I've fallen in love with after reading the unabridged version of 'Les Miserables'.  

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by V. Hugo
Favorite: Les Miserables

To Read: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

I've been telling myself I need to read "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas FOREVER now. I even started it, loved what I read to bits, but then got distracted by something shiny and told myself I'd come back when I had more time to commit. I tend to want to give really good books the attention they deserve but that means they end up on the back-burner until that magical moment comes along (and let me tell you... that moment doesn't happen nearly enough). I need to suck it up, dismiss some of my 'to-read' 2014 books and just do it. The book I've read, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain is that quintessential school read, but one that I really loved.

Favorite: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

To Read: The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

One of my favorite all time classic books is "1984" by George Orwell. I've also been dying to snuggle up with "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 

Favorite: 1984

1984 by George Orwell

To Read: One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I just about love all Dickens I've read thus far and can't wait to read another. My favorite is "Great Expectations" and I really want to read "Bleak House".

Favorite: Great Expectations

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

To Read: Bleak House

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

I'm a huge fan of adventure tales, so I'm surprised I haven't picked up "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra yet. One of my favorite adventure books? Does "The Island of Dr. Moreau" by H.G. Wells count? I think it's adventurous enough. 

Favorite: The Island of Dr. Moreau
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

To Read: Don Quixote

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Who doesn't want to try and tackle "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville (if you haven't already). To go along with that... how about another beast, "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley. 

Favorite: Frankenstein

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

To Read: Moby Dick

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

I fell in love with Shirley Jackson from the story, "The Lottery", like many others have. I want to read something classic but with that gothic feel to it, and I think the perfect book might be, "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath.

Favorite: The Lottery

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

To Read: The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

"The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky is one that came across my list because of Arianna. This might not relate well but one of my favorites is "The Catcher in the Rye" J.D. Salinger. 

Favorite: The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

To Read: The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Second to last picks. Have you read this short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman? If not, you should. I'd like to read, "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert.

Favorite: The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

To Read: Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Last pick... (but definitely not the only grouping of classics I want to read) will have to be "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhaul Bulgakov. On the flip side, who doesn't love "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck. 

Favorite: Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

To Read: The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

So, that's my list. What about you? Which classic books have you wanting to read and which classics do you covet? 


1 comment:

  1. I want to read The Master & Margarita! And I apparently only gave Bleak House 4 stars, but I think it was one of my favorite Dickens novels. Just took a while for me to come to that realization, because it was so LONG & needed to be digested...haha.


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