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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My Classic Literature Favorites

I was an English major in college. That came with reading a ton of books - as one would probably expect. Some of these were good, some were bad, and some were

However, I do have some favorite classic lit, and I'd love to share it with you. I personally want to get into classics again - along with YA fiction/fantasy/adventure/whatever strikes my fancy at the moment - now that I'm a postgrad and can select whatever books I want to read. I hope that my list of classic literature recommendations gets you into classics again, too. :)

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

This one's a favorite on so many levels. I appreciate this story a lot more now than when I first read it in high school, just because as I've gotten older, I've realized how awesome it is to be book-smart and have common sense (like Elizabeth) and how generosity and adoration really pay off in romance (as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy shows us).

I love the spin-off's, too. My favorites are Bride and Prejudice, Austenland, and the Lizzie Bennett Diaries.

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare

I decided to do a research project on this play in high school, and wound up really getting into this story. I don't really love the story itself - I mean, who wants the main characters to meet an untimely end? In spite of that, though, the story is timeless and the idea of star-crossed lovers has been present in literature - and media - for such a long time. Also, this play had me interested in reading a ton of Shakespeare while in high school and college.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis

I saved the best for last again - this is my all-time favorite classic. It's a huge part of my life for many reasons (and its significance will have to have its own post at some point), but it was one of my childhood favorites for its fantasy, its characters, its plot, and especially its allegory.

I was able to read the entire series back in middle school (it was assigned reading). The rest of the series is good, but LWW is my favorite. I recommend the whole series, too, but please, please start with this book, then read The Magician's Nephew. It makes the twist at the end of that one AMAZING. :)

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Hope you liked this list! What are your favorite literary classics?

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