This week The Broke and the Bookish asks for my Top Ten Classics. Considering that 7 of my 10 favorite authors are “classic authors” this seemed almost too easy (and I felt like I’d just be repeating myself). So, I’m spinning it to be Top Ten Classics Not Written By My Top Ten Authors. 😀
A Room With a View by E. M. Forster. I saw the gorgeous film version as a young teen (back when the male nudity was absolutely shocking!) before I read the book. This is a marvelous book to revisit at different ages and stages of life.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. A simply beautiful book about friendship.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Are there American girls who don’t read this book? A perennial favorite.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. In all honesty, I had dismissed this as a “boy’s book” until I saw Christian Bale as Jim Hawkins. My pre-teen heart swooned! The book is a rousing adventure, and the Heston / Bale film version is excellent!
The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin. The second book in Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle is eery, atmospheric, and unique!
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This was one of the first books I had difficulty reading – mainly because of Dickon’s Yorkshire dialect. Once I figured that out, I loved the book!
The Complete Tales by Beatrix Potter. A friend of mine claimed these stories helped her study for the GRE! Despite the advanced vocabulary (or, more likely, because of it), Potter’s stories are perfect read alouds for children.
⭐ In the spirit of this TTT, I have a new page on my blog, Classics Challenge, where I detail the personal challenge I’ve given myself.