I'm very excited for this topic, I love classic literature and love talking about the classic literature I love. It was difficult to narrow this list down to ten, and these books are in no particular order.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
1. Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie This is perhaps my favorite book of all time. I love Peter as a character, I love the story of how this book was written, I love every film adaptation and that J.M. Barrie's grandson writes books on how Neverland came to exist (Peter and the Starcatchers, Dave Barrie and Ridley Pearson). I love everything about this story!
2. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald I have read this book at least three times and each time I read it, my connection with it gets stronger. I love Fitzgerald's writing and have read many of his other works and enjoyed them as well. This is a great classic to start with if you are looking to get into classics.
3. Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote I read this after seeing the Hepburn film, which I really love. Capote's original story is so different from the movie, but they are both so great. If you have watched the film and enjoyed it, read the book. It is a short read and I know you will admire Holly Golightly in film and print. I shared some brief thought on this book here.
4. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath This book surprised me. When I read it, I had never read anything by Plath and was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. Plath's work is always so haunting and her imagery she creates is genius. I am planning to reread this book in the next few months. If you liked this novel, check out her poetry. Bell Jar Thoughts
5. Passing, Nella Larson This book also surprised me. I had never heard of this piece until I read it in one of my college literature classes. This is a Harlem Renaissance piece about two black women who are friends. One lives her life as a black women, the other is "passing" as a white women. This book's pacing is so quick I flew through it, and the end is really great. Passing Review
6. A Scandal in Bohemia, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle By far my favorite Sherlock Holmes story. I love Irene Adler and Sherlock's respect for Irene. Check this one out if you want to get started in the Sherlock Holmes stories.
7. Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson This is one of his many essays Emerson wrote. Let me tell you something, this man is a genius. Everything he says is so wise, he is a real life Dumbledore, everything he says should be taken as grandfatherly advice. Believe me, this dude understands every problem you have, and has an answer for it.
8. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen This book is just so funny and so well thought through and executed. It translates to film so well, and contains so many lovable characters.
9. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare I know that it might sound a little cliche to say this is my favorite Shakespeare play, but it is. I love how memorable this play is and how it has stood the test of time. The writing is beautiful, the social commentary is poignant, and it translates to film and stage so nicely. Plus this is the most approachable Shakespeare play I have read so far, so it's a great place to start.
10. The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde You knew I couldn't make a list about classics that didn't include Oscar. This play is so funny, but it is witty funny. Every joke is so full of dramatic irony or word play. I love the film version of this play with Collin Firth and Reese Witherspoon from the late 90's. The Importance Of Being Earnest Reveiw
So there's my rambley list. Leave your link in the comments, I'm excited to see what is on other people's lists!