Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Classics — and I can see taking a few different approaches: Favorite classics already read? Classics that we want to read? Classics that everyone should read? And just what is a classic, anyway?
For me, I’m splitting my list between classics I really want to read (you know, someday) and classics that I read long ago and would really like to read again. And for purposes of this list, my definition of “classics” is pretty fluid: Older parts of the “canon”, to be sure, but also more modern works that have become cultural reference points.
Classics I want to read:
1) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
2) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
3) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
4) Cannery Road by John Steinbeck
5) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
6) The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
7) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Classics I Want to Re-Read:
1) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2) Dracula by Bram Stoker
3) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
And to round it all off: A few “classic” authors whose works I’ve never read. Must fix that ASAP! (And if you’ve have a favorite book by one of these authors, please leave me a comment with your recommendation!)
1) Agatha Christie
2) Jack London
3) Jules Verne
How do you define a classic? What classics are your favorites? And which classics are on your to-read list?
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