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I havent seen a thread for this yet, so I decided to make it!

 

What is your favorite classic book or books? Any recommendations for some?

 

My personal favorites are To Kill A Mocking Bird, Where The Red Fern Grows, Moby Dick, Black Beauty, to start on some!

 

So, yeah, discus below!

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I've liked most of the classics I've read in high school, though we had a lot of contemporary works rather than classics so I haven't read many of the "staples" of high school english.

 

The ones I remember the best were Jane Eyre, The Call of the Wild, Heart of Darkness, and 1984.

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When I read the topic title I thought you meant classical as in Ancient Greek and Latin, lol.

 

Lolita, Animal Farm, War of the Worlds, Little Women, Call of the Wild, Wuthering Heights, TKAM, The Invisible Man, Black Beauty, White Fang, 1984, Slaughterhouse Five, and more that I'm not remembering now. I'm not actually sure if all of these are considered classics but whatever

 

Just realized that my list is kinda long. If I had to condense into a top three: Lolita, Black Beauty, and Animal Farm. And Call of the Wild. Guess that makes it a top 4.

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I need to read some of those, actually! Im going to read A Tale of Two Cities soon for history plus others I cant remember the name of right now.

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Voltaire's Candide is actually pretty funny (at least, in French - I'm not sure how well it translates, as I've never read it in English). And I absolutely love The Bald Soprano - just as much fun to read as it is to watch.

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I actually have a lot that I can consider as favorites xd.png though I must say these were the most memorable ones for me.

 

-Count of Monte Cristo

-The Secret Garden

-Little Lord Fauntleroy

-The Incredible Journey

-Tess of D'Urbervilles

-Pride and Prejudice

-Anne of Green Gables

-Heidi

-The Social Cancer

 

Where the Red Fern Grows still brings tears to my eyes whenever I read it. So much nostalgia xd.png

 

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It would be easier for me to do favourite classical authors, I think (I'm really bad at choosing favourite books).

 

-Alexandre Dumas

-Wilkie Collins

-Charles Dickens

-H.G. Wells

-Daphne Du Maurier

-Margaret Atwood

-F.Scott Fitzgerald

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My favourites are as follows:

 

-Macbeth by William Shakespear

-The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

-Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

-And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

-Tolkien's Legendarium

-Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespear (more sentimental because I was in a production)

-Utopia by Thomas Moore

-The Complete Grimm's Fairytales by the Brother's Grimm

-The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson

-The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom (more of a modern classic but still great)

-Selected poems of Edgar Allen Poe

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@OutlawQueen we've got some favourites in common. :P I love Jane Eyre and Poe's poetry is some of my favourite. I also love Romeo and Juliet (but cop a bit of slack for it) since Mercutio is my all time favourite Shakespearean character and the biggest redeeming feature of Romeo and Juliet. Macbeth is great, but I always struggle to pick a favourite Shakespeare. Hamlet and Othello tend to fight over that coveted position. 

 

I wouldn't even know where to start listing my favourite classic novels, so I'm going to follow someone else's lead and go with authors. George Orwell, Henry James, John Steinbeck, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Graham Greene, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, the Brontes, Robert Louis Stevenson.

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@StormWizard212 Cool! I haven't read Hamlet or Othello yet, but I do have a copy of Hamlet that I plan on picking up in the summer.

 

I think it's hard to choose great classics because all of them are great. That's why they've been around for over 100 years.

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Hamlet is definitely worth reading. I hope you enjoy it! I studied it extensively at high school and absolutely loved it. I've seen it on stage a couple of times, too. I saw Othello earlier this year when we had a pop up Globe Theatre in my city and that was amazing. 

 

Speaking of plays, Tennessee Williams is another favourite of mine. Cat on a Hot Tin roof is a personal favourite. ^_^

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I used to be a pretty big Shakespeare nerd, I seemed to be the only one in my high school Shakespeare class that actually enjoyed it all. I do tend to enjoy his sonnets more, though.

 

Definitely To Kill a Mocking Bird, probably Black Beauty (although I cry every time I read when he's abused), The Crucible... Some of Edgar Allen Poe's stuff.

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The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Heidi, Jane Eyre, Black Beauty, To Kill a Mockingbird, Little Women, Gone With the Wind, The Handmaid's Tale, The Godfather, and pretty much anything by Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Edgar Allen Poe, or compiled by Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm.

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- The Middle-earth universe

- All the classic fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, Andersen, Perrault, Villeneuve, etc.

- Shakespeare, especially Twelfth Night, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream

- Homer's Odyssey

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I honestly should be reading more classical works than what I have been reading so far ... But I do believe the ones I've read to this point and loved are as follow:

- The Phantom of the Opera

- A thousand and one nights

- Fairytales by the Brother Grimm, Andersen, etc.

- Alice in Wonderland (at least here in Sweden it's deemed to be a classical book, even though it's a children's book).

- Frankenstein

- Most written work by Selma Lagerlöv and August Strindberg (two of our Swedish authors and poets who are deemed as some of the "must-read" here in Sweden if you're into literature)

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