Top Ten Classic Books

This week’s Top Ten list from http://www.brokeandbookish.com was about favorite classics. There are so many it’s hard to choose! *cracks knuckles* My definition of a classic for these purposes does not include plays or fairy tales because it would be like all fairy tales and praising Oscar Wilde’s sass and Shakespearean insults. Here we go!

1. The Complete Works of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
-I’d bounce, sing like a raincloud, chase “dragons” (geese), get a little bit of butter for my bread, and bless India rubber balls every chance I get!

2. Scaramouche by Raphael Sabatini
-This book is the epitome of the older definition of romance that included adventure! He also does outlaws, revenge, and true love, so basically-if you like the Princess Bride in any format, you should definitely read this!

3. Persuasion by Jane Austen
-This is my favorite Austen novel.

4. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
-The torture chamber episode wins everything. Why is it not properly in films??? And for that matter, the Phantom’s original backstory-it’s much more exciting and intriguing than what Andrew Lloyd Webber and others have come up with!

5. Candide by Voltaire
-Giant sheep, horny eunichs, and characters that get away with acting like whack-a-moles with Death.

6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
-I tried to only have one, but no-this is up here, too.

7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
-I love most L’Engle books, but this one does have just that perfect balance to it.

8. Narnia by C.S. Lewis
-Walking through wardrobes, intricate dancing every first snowfall until someone gets hit with a snowball, turning into a dragon…these are the imaginings I love.

9. Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
-I’ve read all the Hercule Poirot novels but this is still my favorite.

10. The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe
-The man wore motley!

What classics do you love?

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