Top Ten Classic Books

Top Ten Classic Books

Top Ten Classic Books

I’ve recently become obsessed with completing reading lists 101 Books to Read Before You Die – kind of lists. And it got me thinking about classic books and my favourite reads.

Today I thought I would share my top ten classic books.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This book is problematic in so many ways but I love the Bronte sisters and this book is so readable it’s hard to believe it was written over 200 years ago!

Emma by Jane Austen

This is my favourite Jane Austen read. The romance between Mr Knightley and Emma is gorgeous and the wit and silliness of the plot genuinely make me laugh. It warms my heart.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

And another Austen! This book speaks to me because the heroine is imaginative and gets ahead of herself because of the books she reads. I think many female bookworms can relate to this.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The only Dickens book I have read so far, but one of his best in my opinion. The plot is so simple, compared to other books of his but it packs a punch! And the number of adaptations aside, it’s a lot of fun as a read.

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I’m so surprised I read this book when I was 16 years old. It’s over 1000 pages long and all about the American Civil War and a completely unlovable anti-heroine. But it’s my favourite film and the adaptation was so strong that reading the book was just a joyous experience.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This was the first classic I remember reading and it has stayed with me ever since. It is heart-warming and full of coming-of-age tropes that I love. With a little young adult mystery that appealed to me when I was 12. Love it.

The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

I recently visited the garden where W. Somerset Maugham’s ashes were scattered – random note – but I truly did love The Painted Veil. It’s a complicated read on relationships and 1930s morals, but so atmospheric and powerful I enjoyed every second.

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

There is no fantasy series like this one and I’m very proud of the fact I’ve read it! It took me a year to complete all three books but the characters compel you to carry on. And who doesn’t love a hobbit?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

These sisters have to be the best sisters in literary history. Each one of them holds an element of personality we all have, and we all have a favourite sister. When I was younger my favourite was Beth, but I was definitely an Amy. Now my favourite is Jo and I like to think I’m a lot like her, but I’m probably more like Meg.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Now for one of the sexiest thrillers I’ve ever read. And I don’t mean sexy in the fact there is a lot of sex, there’s not that much actually. It’s sexy because of the atmosphere and the mystery. The lurking characters and the house, Manderley. This was a truly gripping read –  not just an adjective for a good read but a genuinely gripping plot.

There we are. My top ten classic books. Let me know in the comments below which classics are your favourite, and what you think of any of the above.

Love Ellie x

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