The Classics


{image courtesy of mustard & sage}

I love to read. Always have. And yet, you would be VERY surprised how many of the books "everyone has read" have not been read by me. For instance, I haven't read any of the books pictured above. Well, maybe The Outsiders, but I'm truly not sure.

A lot of it has to do with school I think. Many of these books are first read by kids as part of their school assignments. I did IB classes and while we read many amazing books, we did not read read the "standards" most US schools cover. And I'm realizing more and more how many wonderful books I have just missed!

So, I'm making a list. Books I should have read already and need to read because everyone loves them. Then instead of always going for something new at the library, I can choose from the I already should have read this list. The first two on the list are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (because Jack thinks it's hysterical that he's read a book I haven't) and To Kill A Mockingbird, but I need help to flush this thing out!

Please, please, please comment below with your recommendations for me. They must be books you enjoyed reading though...even if they were for school!
Karri said...

Ooooh. I love Farenheit 451. Animal Farm must've had a big impact on me b/c it still creeps me out.

I have to recommend Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Jackie said...

I hope you appreciate To Kill a Mockingbird more now that you are not in school because I don't think I could force myself to read that one! And like Karri kind of said..Animal Farm was good, I think that may have been the only one I liked that I was "forced" to read!

Leslie said...

I think I read most of the ones pictured -- and I should actually revisit them. I'm pretty sure most of the meaning was lost on me when I read them in middle & high school!

Tracy said...

Hi Heather, friend of Cyndi and Sadie, chirping in. I really enjoy most anything by Steinbeck and especially the Grapes of Wrath.

tracie @ tsj photography said...

sorry friend! a literary giant i am not ... i gots nuttin' :(

Carrie said...

In sixth grade we read the book, "The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin and I have loved it ever since. I just re-read it last year and still enjoyed it (enough to make Paul read it and he loved it too, even as an adult). I also have another adult friend who re-reads the book every year because it's a favorite of hers. Look up the reviews on amazon and you'll see how many people enjoyed it as pre-teens and still enjoy it today. I consider it a must-read : ) Plus, it's something you and Jack might enjoy reading together someday.

Rachel said...

I'm not much of a "classics" girl. wish I was. Anna Karenina bored me to tears.
I did read Tolkein's The Hobbit when I was a kid, tho, and LOVED it.
Also enjoyed Vonnegut's Galapagos.

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tuesdays at ten said...

Catcher in the Rye, The Cay, and A Separate Peace...Happy reading, Heather! :)

Christine J said...

Scarlet Letter

Since John Ritter's Biography Doesn't Count said...

Three always stick with me and they are attached to 3 different stages in my schooling - elementary, Jr high and high school:

Box Car Children
Of Mice and Men
Their Eyes Were Watching God

AEK said...

I think a classic is what you make it and sometimes they really aren't that good. It is totally up to you and you shouldn't feel that you HAVE to read these. There are so many good books out there and will continue to be! I love that your opinion of a book is just that YOUR opinion. With that being said, here's some books that I have found to be awesome. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (which you saw me rave about on twitter), Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, Midwives by Chris Bohjalian and I could go on and on... Great topic!

Karri said...

I have Catcher in the Rye and To Kill A Mockingbird if you want to borrow them. I tried reading the latter recently for book club and didn't like it this time around, either.
But oh - - For Mice and Men? Loved it. And A Raisin in the Sun. Also great.

Franny Loves Figs said...

Where classics are concerned, some Hawthorne & some Thoreau...but I've got all kinds of opinions about the contemporary stuff : ). sk

southern daze said...

The two I most remember from school are To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby. I know the meaning was lost on me way back then so maybe I should do some re-reading of them myself.

Becky D said...

My two favorite classics are easily Tess of the D'Urbevilles and Gone With the Wind!

RHoC said...

This post is right up my alley...

So ditto on the ones in the picture, and what everyone else has said, plus:

Price and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights (hated it, but all my friends love it), Great Expectations, Little Women, War and Peace, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Wind in the Willow, Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Kite Runner, Lord of the Flies, A Tale of Two Cities, Moby Dick, Oliver Twist, Frankenstein, The Color Purple, Beloved, Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan, James and the Giant Peach (anything Roald Dahl), A Wrinkle in Time, Dicey's Song, Witch of Blackbird Pond, Island of the Blue Dolphins, A Cricket in Times Square, Sarah Plain and Tall, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

And Harry Potter of course.

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