SuddenButInevitable’s Top 5 Classics (and some honorable mentions because I’m a terrible person):
There’s a lot to be said of how to come up with Classic Novels. I’m afraid I’ve never read anything by Jane Austen in all my readings. I haven’t read any Bronte, or Dostoevsky. I barely made it through the Prologue of The Canterbury Tales. Wuthering Heights and The Once and Future King seem to be favorites, I’ve never read them. So here’re mine. My books that I think should be classics and everyone should read. I’m going to stick somewhere in the middle. Books I enjoyed as a child that I think are classics and books I read in high school that impacted me and how I view life.
Sort of, kind of, in a reading order. Charlotte’s Web for younger audiences, Lord of the Flies for older audiences, though all are YA(ish).
Let’s start off with:
5. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
The fabulous story of a girl and her pig, Wilbur and Wilbur’s friend Charlotte the spider. This is a great young story about growing up in the Midwest on a farm (and what happens to animals on said farm) when Charlotte helps Wilbur become “Some Pig”.
4. Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery
This has everything to do with the fact that my name is Anne and I have red hair. But you should still read this story. It’s about finding your place in the world and becoming friends. It’s a touching story that’s very sedate (not one thing blows up!) and slow-moving yet I still find myself drawn to this book of orphan girl Anne (with an ‘e’, “it’s more distinguished”) who shows up at Green Gables instead of the orphan boy they were looking for to help out on the farm and steals the hearts of everyone in town.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
I…. sort of like this book? At the same time it’s a difficult read. Difficult in the subject matter. This book deals with segregation in the deep south and standing up for what’s right when no one else will. Follow Atticus, a single lawyer father raising Jem and Scout as he teaches them that what’s right is not always easy. Or popular.
2. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Don’t just watch the movie on this one, lovelies. The book is so much more in depth and so much more wrong. They take Ender when he’s still just barely a child and throw him into the academy. It’s rather heartless and yet still, he manages to beat the odds and do what no other child has. And then learns the awful truth of the game. Will you understand all the subtleties of this book? Nope. Probably not (and that’s okay). But it’ll stick with you and then, when you start studying Greek philosophers, the light bulb will ding and you’ll remember and you’ll realize what a horrifying and wonderful book this is.
1. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Ahhh… Lord of the Flies. So, a group of boys gets marooned on a paradisaical tropical island and everything is civil until it’s suddenly not and everything goes wrong and suddenly it devolves into a survival of the fittest free-for-all. It’s a fascinating look at what might happen if a group of boys were left to their own devices with no adults. And I love it.
Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain (deep south coming of age)
Brave New World – Adolphus Huxley (dystopian future with a 180 on today’s morals)
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (epic fantasy)
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury (dystopian future where they burn books)
Also, don’t forget to check out Bronto Incognito’s Top 5 Classics!