Classic Books

When it comes to classics, those books end up being a bit underrated. Just because classics are tough reads doesn’t mean to ignore them. Classics are some of the best written books in history- there is a reason why they are called classics. I actually am in the middle of Bleak House. What are some of my favorites?

Love

  1. Illiad
  2. Odyssey
  3. Don Quixote
  4. Tale of Two Cities
  5. Great Expectations
  6. A Christmas Carol
  7. Oliver Twist
  8. Nicholas Nickleby
  9. David Copperfield
  10. Hunchback of Notre Dame
  11. Les Misérables
  12. Secret Garden
  13. A Little Princess
  14. Little Women
  15. The Hobbit
  16. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  17. Chronicles of Narnia Series

A lot of those books are not easy reads. To get through them, I had to always have a dictionary nearby. That was due to words I didn’t know what they mean. Some of those books came with an advantage: Les Mis by the musical and A Christmas Carol by the George C. Scott movie for example. If I had literally just seen Les Misérables on the shelf, I would have walked right past it, but due to my knowledge of the musical, that became useful. Something tells me that I read Chronicles of Narnia after I watched at least one of the films.

Dislike

  1. Shakespeare- the tragedies (those were read when I was more close-minded)
  2. Pride and Prejudice
  3. Anna Karenina
  4. Great Gatsby
  5. Frankenstein

Those are just some examples of classics I don’t like

Conclusion

There are some classics that are still sitting on my shelf. Hard Times, Kidnapped, Gulliver’s Travels, and War and Peace are those novels. Something tells me that War and Peace is not going to be touched for a long time: considering that I didn’t fully like Anna Karenina. The most annoying thing about Tolsoty is the fact that you have to use google translate at times- some of the lines are French or German.

What about you, what are some of your favorite classics?

6 thoughts on “Classic Books

  1. I need to get to War and Peace too. It just stares at me from my bookshelf, calling… And I remember when I first got into Shakespeare in high school, I loved all his comedies (and some romances), but I really disliked his tragedies. I still dislike Romeo and Juliet and Othello, even if I appreciate their beautiful language. However, after I got into college, I really started to appreciate his tragedies more, especially Macbeth (love the witches!) and Hamlet (long but a really interesting revenge story). And concerning Les Mis, which I finally read last year, I completely agree with you that I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if I hadn’t known and loved the musical so much!

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    • I literally never have bought War and Peace- it was given to me by a church friend.

      Macbeth was just one of the tragedies I read in high school- so didn’t like that one

      So when I first the film of Les Mis, I was not told that the musical was a tragedy. If I had known, I wouldn’t have gone. That first viewing was the most negative experience I had of the musical. Then a couple months later in March 2013, I decided to give that film a 2nd chance- the rest is history. Les Mis is how I started to like the tragedies

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  2. I agree; there is definitely something to be appreciated about classics. I can understand why some people might not enjoy reading them, but I certainly think it’s worth exploring a few, even if you might think you won’t like them–you might find yourself surprised! I’d say A Christmas Carol and Little Women are probably two of my absolute favorite classics.

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    • Those classics have stories that are worth reading. Classics are filled with a lot of incredible characters and storylines.

      It really did help growing up an Dickens classic- A Christmas Carol. While so many people’s favorite Christmas Movie are more contemporary, mine is the George C. Scott’s “A Christmas Carol

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  3. So many of your favorites are on my list too, except you are far more industrious than I to take on Don Quixote, Hunchback, and Les Mis. I started reading Les Miserables and decided to see the play again instead.
    My favorite novel is Jane Eyre. I love the movie with Michael Fessbender and Mia Wasikowska, but there have been other good adaptations as well. I’m not a fan of Wuthering Heights, however. I like my heroes to be heroic, and Heathcliff is just not a good person.

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