I don’t claim to be a massive reader of the classics, but I have over the years read many that I have loved. I love Jane Austen, I adore George Elliott. But I also consider books such as The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy as classics!
I wonder what books from the current cohort of writers will go on to be considered as classics, or if this title has been replaced by the modern phrase ‘must read”?
I have broken this up into two posts of ten each to make it feel less cluttered!
1 My heart will I admit forever belong to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
2 As it will to Elizabeth Gaskill’s magnificent North and South.
3 I loved Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen long before Collin Firth strode out of the lake in the BBC adaption of this classic novel. Though I admit he did a fine job of it and no one has bettered his splendid performance as Mr Darcy as far as I am concerned.
4 I can’t help but include Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I love it without reservation and could read it over and over. The late Alan Rickman’s portrayal of Colonel Brandon is right up there with Colin Firth’s portrayal of Mr Darcy.
5 The Jane Austen love fest continues with Emma. I have yet to see a TV adaption I am completely happy with, though I admit I have not watched the newest one,but the book never disappoints.
6 I simply can’t miss of Austen’s Persuasion from this list.
7 I’m sorry, it’s another Austen novel up next, Northanger Abbey. Okay I’m not really sorry and yes I have been to the museum in Bath!
8 Next we return to a much loved childhood read The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett.
9 Another much loved read as a teenager was The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
10 I feel I can’t include The Hobbit without including another fantasy classic The Lord of The Rings Trilogy.