It’s Tuesday again which means it’s time to link up with The Broke and Bookish. Today’s topic is classic books so I’ll give you a list of ten classics that I either really enjoyed or found important. So here we go.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
I know a lot of folks have problems with the Brontë sisters but I really enjoyed this story. It’s dark and twisted, the whole hide your crazy wife in the attic thing is really weird but it’s one of the classics I really liked when I read it.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Yes, another Brontë, much darker than the one above. Heathcliff is an ass and it took me two attempts to actually get into the story but once it caught on, I enjoyed it a lot.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I still haven’t read Persuasion but this is so far my favourite Austen novel. Yes, that’s so stereotypical but I do love it to bits and pieces and no classics list of mine would be complete without it.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
It’s been around 10 years since I read this long book but I remember it fondly. Very fondly. I did skip over all the descriptions of fish and plankton because I’m not a marine biologist and I really couldn’t bring myself to care that much but the rest of the story was really good. Considering the novel was published in 1870, it is astonishing what Jules Verne dreamt up. It never stops amazing me when I think about it.
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf.
I read this first because I’ve always been a feminist at heart and then I re-read it for a school project later on. I adore Virginia’s way of thinking and writing, she was so ahead of her times and I would like to know how she would fare today.
This one is on the list not because I loved it so much but because I think it is important. When I was first coming out, I googled lesbian books because I had to do more research on the subject before I was ready to send this news out into the world and the one I came across most was this book. Apparently it was the standard lesbian go to book for a long time, published in 1928 (the same year Orlando was published). I do get why it is considered classical lesbian literature but it is very one sided, granted it is so much a product of its time and circumstances so I can’t be too harsh with it. Still, I think it deserves a spot on this list because I consider it an important read for queer women.
Homo faber by Max Frisch
I read this once for fun and once for school and I still like it which is more than I can say about other books (looking at you The Perfume).
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
It’s a loooong book and everyone has at least three different names they are addressed with but it is still a very good read. So tragic but also beautiful. There are different versions floating around because it was published as a serial. Some have more communistic commentary than others and to be honest, I didn’t care all that much reading about all the farming in Russia and only stayed with the story because of Wronski/Anna.
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
This one is regarded as one of Henry James’ finest novels. Not having read any other of bios novels (yet) I can’t actually comment on that but I can definitely see why it’s considered a great story.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Another one of those dark stories but one I very much enjoyed. It was so interesting trying to figure out what happened to the woman which is probably mostly what kept my reading. I’ve always loved a good mystery.
So there you have it. My list of ten classic books that I consider great and or important.