Top Ten Classics I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Top Ten Classics I Want to Read

I’m not a huge reader of the classics, but I would like to read more of them. The few that I’ve read, I’ve really enjoyed, so I can’t wait to read more! Here are my picks in no particular order…

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – I’ve been meaning to read this one FOREVER, and even more after the movie came out (I didn’t see it because I wanted to read the book first).
  2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – Some of my friends read this for English class this year and enjoyed it so I want to see what it’s all about.
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I have not read ONE Jane Austen book. *blushes* I really need to. I decided I want to start with this one and work my way through her books. I’ve heard their lighter classics, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to read them a little quicker than the norm.
  4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – *blushes even more*
  5. Emma by Jane Austen
  6. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  7. The Ladies’ Paradise by Émile Zola – I first heard about this from Ellen @ astridthebookworm on YouTube and then I heard this was also a TV show. I think the whole idea for the book sounds really good so I’m definitely excited for this one!
  8. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – This sounds like a legitimately creepy classic. I’m very intrigued about Mr. Dorian Gray, that’s for sure. (And after I read it I’m totally planning to watch the movie because it stars Ben Barnes *sighs and gazes off into the distance*)
  9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – I started this one shortly after I read Jane Eyre, which gave me a horrible book hangover, so I never finished. I must read this in full sometime because I’ve heard it’s another more young adult classic.
  10. Villette by Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre might be my favorite classic that I’ve ever read as of yet. I absolutely loved it and I couldn’t stop reading it, which is strange for me and classics. So, when I heard about this one by Ms Brontë I quickly added it to my TBR!

What classics are on your TBR? Have you read any of the ones I’ve mentioned above? What did you think? I’d love to hear from you!

xo, emily

Discussion Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee + a poll!

Hi everyone! Today I have a different kind of review than normal. In my most recent Week in Review post I asked if you wonderful readers would like me to review either of the books I read for school. I got a couple comments asking for reviews of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I have a lot to say, not really regarding the book, but more about how reading it for school affected how I liked the book. Therefore, I have come up with a discussion/review post where I can just talk about everything!

Being that I read it for school, the teacher stretched the book out for about two months. She, in my opinion, overanalyzed the book which made for an awful reading experience. I feel like whenever I’ve read a book for a class I’ve never read a book and enjoyed it to the extent that I have when reading a book for pleasure. I’m not sure if it’s the idea that I’m being forced to read the book, the teacher’s way of teaching the book, or a combination of both, but I do know that reading a book for school has most often times doomed me to have only neutral feelings down to utter dislike and nothing better.

Some people may just think that it’s because I just don’t like the “classics,” I’m a YA person and that they’re too boring or difficult for a teenager to like or understand. Others probably just believe when a teen complains about reading a book for school that they just don’t like homework or reading, period. But clearly for me that’s not the case. I LOVE reading, and I do venture outside the worlds of YA to read a “sophisticated” classic or adult book every now and then.

So I want to hear from you guys: Does reading a book for a class affect your feelings toward the book?

Now on to the review…

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Release Date: April 2010 (Originally 1960)

Pages: 376

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Source: Borrowed

Series: N/A

Genre(s): Classic, Historical Fiction

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic. Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into ten languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that will really change you. It will make you think, and make you re-evaluate yourself as a person. Are you like Atticus? Dolphus Raymond? Bob Ewell? Boo Radley? Miss Stephanie? But I’m not really going to talk about the morals and all the hidden symbolism within the book because that’s like English class. I’m going to talk about the story.

I love how Harper Lee made the whole story a flashback. Right from the first page you know how everything will turn out, but yet you don’t, because you haven’t read the book yet. After I finished the book I went back to page 1 and re-read the first chapter again. It really brought the story full-circle.

I don’t really have much to say about this book other than I think it’s really worth the read. A beautiful coming of age story about learning the ways of life and just how cruel some people can be.

Like I mentioned above in the discussion, reading this book for class had a negative affect on my feelings toward this book. I really believe if I’d’ve read it on my own I would have enjoyed it much more for the story.