Top Ten Classic Novels

Top Ten Classic Novels

Top Ten Classic Novels

Today’s Top Ten post is all about my favourite Top Ten Classic novels. I love a classic read. Although I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t read nearly as many as other book bloggers I know. I’m trying to remedy that during self-isolation.

Top Ten Classic Novels

How many of these classic reads have you read?

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This was the first classic I remember reading. I was 12 years old and I read it during free reading in English. It was addictive and magical, one I really want to re-read soon.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Four spirited sisters, all with unique personalities and great imaginations. This book feels like it was made for me! A feeling I imagine many young women have experienced when reading it. Also, I love the adaptations of this book series (yes, it’s a series of four books!) from the 1950s adaptations to the recent Greta Gerwig depiction.

Anne of Green Gables by L. Maud Montgomery

I read the first three chapters of this book with my Great-Aunt about ten times during my childhood, but it was only at Christmas 2019 that I read the full book. I read my grandma’s copy from the 1940s and it was lovely. I recently read Anne of Avonlea as well, and this time it was my mum’s copy from the 1970s. Maybe I’ll get a copy of the Anne of the Island from the 2000s to carry on that tradition.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I’m still very proud that I read this 800+ page epic when I was just 16 years old. I know that the story and themes are extremely problematic but the character of Scarlett O’Hara opened an array of new characterisations to me. It was the first time I was introduced to an anti-heroine and I loved her, she was so powerful.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Last year I read this World War Two satire and I understand now why the Americans love it. It’s hilarious and dark, and ridiculous and harrowing at the same time. A truly artful depiction of satire if anyone wants to have a read, but beware of the confusing chronology of the story.

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma is by far my favourite Jane Austen novel, and Mr Knightley is the most romantic hero of her books. Come at me Pride & Prejudice fans. It’s romantic, funny, moving, and everything I want in a classical romance.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A perennial Christmas favourite. I still read this once a year and admire the original illustrations in my 1910s hardback copy. A true classic, and one that I think everyone should read at least once.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Written in the 1960s, this classic is still finding its foothold in the halls of classic fiction I think, but I loved it. Sylvia Plath’s only novel is honest and harrowing and practically autobiographical, which is both emotional and very disturbing in places. This is an important read woman in particular I think.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

The original crime thriller, at least in my mind. There are so many clever writing techniques in this novel that I adore it. From the perfect opening line to the clever characterisation of Mrs De Winter and Rebecca. Brilliant read.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

And finally, the popular but misinterpreted Wizard of Oz. The book is quite different from the popular musical with Judy Garland but still worth a read. I had no idea that this was just the first of many books set in Oz. I really want to read some of the other tales, but I’ve never got around to it. Maybe one day.

There we have it, my Top Ten Classic Novels. Any other recommendations?

Love Ellie x

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Top Ten Classic Novels

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