Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Classics

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Favorite Classic Books (however you define classic) or Top Ten Classics I Want To Read <or spin it some other way…”classics” in a specific genre?>

I’ve decided to write up a list of my favorite “classics” I was –forced– to read in school (middle school, high school, and college). I’ve always been a big book nerd, so I actually enjoyed a lot of the books we were assigned in school (I know, shocking!). Make sure you tell me if you’ve read any of these and which you loved (or didn’t) in the comments!

To Kill a Mockingbird1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This book is pretty much perfect, in my opinion. It deals so well with racism in the South. I honestly can’t put into words how beautiful I think this book is.

2. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

I don’t just love this book because the author is Scottish (and you guys know how much I love that country) nor because I could tell you about Stevenson’s inspiration, the correct way to pronounce Jekyll, when it was written, or a multitude of other information you probably don’t care about. I love this book because of its gothic eloquence, its quiet strength, its inclusion of many literary devices, and its ability to perfectly cram the HUGE story of Jekyll and Hyde into its short page count.

3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Dystopian is my favorite genre, and this book is the definition of dystopian. I’ve read it several times.

4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451

I’m a bibliophile. Of course I loved this book. My heart belongs to books, and this book is all about loving and protecting the written word.

5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

This book is about one of the strongest woman I’ve ever heard of and Maya Angelou is a woman to strive to be like. I hope I can be even a fraction of the woman she is: strong, kind, and full of a passion and spirit that is beautiful.

6. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

I don’t really know if this book is considered a classic, but I adored it. In essence, this book tells you that while the big things can be really horrible and screwed up, it’s the little things that can make up for it. Never take advantage of the small things in your life. Rule 32: Enjoy the little things. 🙂

The Color Purple7. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

“The more I wonder, the more I love.”

“We all have to start somewhere if us want to do better.”

8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A lot of people don’t like this book, but it is a testament to Fitzgerald’s writing that the theme of the book can still be applied to our society even now.

And two plays:

9. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare seems to be one of those dudes you either love or hate. I happen to be one of the people who love his work. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is my favorite of his plays; it feels magical whether you’re reading it or being enchanted during a live performance.

10. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

This play is so unbelievably powerful. I would highly recommend seeing a live version if you can, as well as watching the movie version with Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh. WOW!

So those are my favorite classics that were assigned to me in school. Have you read any of them? What did you think? What are your favorite classics?