TTT: Top Ten Classics

Top Ten Tuesday

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. 😀

The Once and Future King by T. H. White. I read this one after Professor Xavier taught on it at the end of X2.

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.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Yet another case of a brilliant film introducing me to a brilliant book!

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Are there American girls who don’t read this book? A perennial favorite.

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. I love a good detective story, and this is one of the best! It’s a pretty good film too. 😉

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.

I’m linking up: Top Ten Tuesday

28 thoughts on “TTT: Top Ten Classics

  1. mtsedwards says:

    So many books, so little time! I think we might actually have diametrically opposite tastes in literature, which is a-okay because then you challenge me to pick up pieces I normally wouldn’t bother. And kudos on your personal challenge. I look forward to seeing your progress; now I see why you were loathe to add to your TBR. ;p

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        • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

          Ah, you may be right. Isn’t that funny? I’m loving reading everyone’s lists this week, because I see a lot more that I’ve actually read. In the other hand, I’m frustrated because I keep seeing books that I didn’t think to put on my list! To Kill a Mockingbird, Phantom of the Opera, Watership Down, The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Shakespeare (seriously, why didn’t I put Shakespeare!?!). And then there are the people who included modern classics – The Princess Bride, The Giver, The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Gah! SO MANY BOOKS!!!!!

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          • mtsedwards says:

            Dorian Gray…yeah, that’s one I keep meaning to pick up. And I’ve never read Watership Down although that seems to be on a lot of Brit lists. It’s about mice, isn’t it?

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  2. Fariba says:

    I am an American girl who never read Little Women. Shame on me, I know. I hope to get to it this year.
    I am super excited about reading Treasure Island next month. I loved the Maltese Falcon when I read it in June. I have yet to watch the film, but I’ve heard that it’s fantastic. The Wind in the Willows is a great winter read.

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    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      Nope, no need to feel shame or guilt for the books you’ve read (or not read). Little Women is lovely though, and I highly recommend it!
      I’ve got an audiobook version of Treasure Island on my Classics Challenge. Obviously, I’ve read it before, but I like to listen to audiobooks that are okay for my kids to accidentally overhear. 🙂

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  3. Stephanie says:

    Aw, man The Once and Future King!! I love that book and didn’t even think of it.There are also a number on here that I really want read – Maltese Falcon, A Room with a View, Little Women. Yes I am another American girl who has not read it. I’m telling you this exercise was illuminating to me in pointing out all the books I HAVEN’t read.

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    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      The Maltese Falcon and A Room With a View are both fairly short, quick reads. Little Women is longer (because it’s really 2 books) but it’s an easy read. I forget – are you an Anne of Green Gables fan? If so, you’ll love Little Women. 🙂
      This is why I got a little overwhelmed thinking about all the classics I want my kids to read in high school! How do I choose? Probably the best way will be to tailor the choices to each of them individually, picking books I know they’ll enjoy, along with some that will push their boundaries. Also, I realized there is no reason to wait for high school. Plenty of classic books can be enjoyed much younger. My son is reading The Wind in the Willows and some Poirot short stories right now. 🙂

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      • Stephanie says:

        I am a big Anne fan and I know I will like LIttle Women – don’t know why I just haven’t gotten to it yet. It’s on my 100 books – Fill in the Gaps challenge for myself so hopefully sometime in the next 3.5 years. I think your approach for your kids sounds perfect and they will be lucky to get such individualized and targeted assignments! Wind in the Willows is awesome – I hope he is loving it!

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  4. courtneyreadsalot says:

    Love Rebecca! I just want to read it all over again, after seeing it on so many posts today! And I really need to read The Once and Future King, since I actually already have it in my possession. Gahhhh sometime soon. Great picks! 😀

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    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      Thanks! It’s been awhile since I’ve read Rebecca, but I’ve read it several times -so good! Everything I’ve read by du Maurier is good. 🙂
      The Once and Future King is great! The first part is The Sword and the Stone – like the Disney movie, which I love!

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  5. Lisa says:

    Lovely list! I just re-read Rebecca a few weeks ago, and realized all over again how amazing the writing is. I can’t believe I didn’t think about Little Women! I should probably read that one again too, one of these days.

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    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      du Maurier was ridiculously prolific! I’ve read quite a few of her novels and barely scratched the surface on her body of work. 😯
      I always liked Mary in The Secret Garden. She’s such a brat at first, but she ends up being a really strong heroine, without being a Mary Sue like Sara in A Little Princess (which is still a great book).

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  6. Melissa says:

    You listed so many books I love!!! Rebecca is a particular favorite. Aslo, if you haven’t read Forster’s Howards End you definitely have to. It’s my favorite of his books.

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  7. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard says:

    Wonderful list! I’ve read and loved more than a few of these. Actually, I was originally preparing a TTT list of my favorite children’s classics for this week — until I realized, while searching for a link in my blog, that I had done a TTT on favorite children’s classics LAST year. Grrrrr. Had I stuck with the list I was prepping for this year, Little Women, Beatrix Potter, and The Secret Garden would all have been on it. As it is, I ended up doing “classics I want to read.”

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    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      Beatrix Potter is definitely one I’ve read because I’m a mom – I have only vague memories of The Tale of Two Bad Mice from my childhood. I’m planning to read Little Women and The Secret Garden to my kids in the next few years. I wanted to do favorites from different stages of my life. 🙂

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    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      I was only 8 or 9 the first time I read The Secret Garden – hence the trouble with the dialect.
      Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book! Closely followed by Persuasion. This list would’ve been completely different if I hadn’t excluded my favorite authors. 😉

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