|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|
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.
|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.
|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|