TTT: Classics

TTT My second Top Ten Tuesday in a row. This is not what i had planned… but, but, but, classics! When i enter a bookshop, “cassic literature” is always the section i head to first. Unless i feel like enjoying the anticipation, in which case i’ll save it till last… Either way, the point is it’s my favourite section. I don’t know why. It’s not that more modern books aren’t good, or that i don’t enjoy them. I do, often. There are just SO MANY new books, i can’t keep up with what’s being released when by who and what else did they write? I just don’t seem to care enough. The classics–the classic classics, not the “modern” classics, never change. They will always be there, no matter if i take my sweet time getting around to reading them.

With my love of classics in mind, here is a random list (and really, it was really hard to make this random and not organise it in some way!) of 10 that i particularly love…




The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I haven’t read much Oscar Wilde. A few short stories and Dorian Gray. And i adored Dorian Gray. Actually, i adored Lord Henry, but whatever.





The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
I bought this on a whim when i saw it in a charity shop and devoured it in a day. I loved the concepts and imagination. Pity i didn’t have the same feeling about War of the Worlds.




The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
I loved the original 1963 film, so when i found out it was based on a book, of course i had to read it. Both book and film are creepily atmospheric while leaving the ending open enough for the reader to come to her own conclusions.




Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
I wanted to say this will never be surpassed at the ultimate dystopian, particularly in terms of ‘this could really happen/this is already happening’… but to be fair, i read this over 10 years ago, and i don’t trust my memory enough. I remember enough to know i loved this book, though.




Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
This book isn’t perfect, but any negatives are overshadowed by the amazingness of the entire rest of the book. It was so refreshing to read a lot of what was discussed in this book. I would make this compulsory reading for every human alive, if i could.



class06The Seeds of Time by John Wyndham
Absolutely any John Wyndham book could have been included in this list. There isn’t a word the man has written that i haven’t loved (not that i’ve actually read them all yet–i’m pacing myself!). Picking this one felt like a cheat, because it’s a book of short stories; it felt like i was adding more Wyndham than choosing a novel would have done.



class07The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
This one i didn’t love instantly; I hated it the first time i tried to read it. But the second time was so completely different. I loved Salinger’s understated writing style. He doesn’t give everything away, and makes the reader work a little. And Holden Caulfield is so simplistically philosophical, it was hard not to like him.



Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
This was my first Christie and my first Poirot. I picked this one because i already knew and loved the who, how and why. Turns out i love smart and egotistic detectives, and Poirot has become a firm favourite.



clas09Lord of the Flies by William Golding
I had wanted to read and study this at school, but my class did An Inspector Calls, instead. I eventually read this of my own accord many years later and loved it. So many concepts being explored under the premise of a group of children fending for themselves on a deserted island. I found it fascinating!



PP&WPeter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
This was a classic i had been long overdue in reading by the time i got around to it. All my life i knew i was the namesake of Peter Pan’s friend, but never did i bother picking up the book that made my name popular. I’m glad i eventually did. And i think i got more out of this book about the essence of childhood as an adult than i ever would have in my youth.

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14 Responses to TTT: Classics

  1. lynnsbooks says:

    What a great list! I’ve not read them all – I’ve always fancied the Barrie book. Is this the book where you find out that the Disney version of Tinkerbell is nothing like Barrie’s version?
    Lynn 😀

  2. Rachel says:

    Herland sounds intriguing! There are so many “classics” I’ve never heard of before! R x

    • Wendleberry says:

      Do read Herland if you can. So, so good. I’m sure there are loads of classics i don’t know about, that’s why i’m always looking for more 😀

  3. PETER PAN! YES. That would’ve been number one on my list if I’d just done general classics I love. It’s my favorite story. I even have a Peter Pan tattoo. 🙂

    • Wendleberry says:

      Oh, what’s your tattoo? An image or a quote? I love the “Proud and insolent youth, prepare to meet thy doom/Dark and sinister man, have at thee” quote ♥

      • It’s an image. Sort of. It’s a heart that has a 2 [drawn star] R in it. It means “second star to the right.” 😀 The original book just says second to the right, but I had to use the Disney version. 🙂 I drew the image myself.
        I love that quote too!

  4. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review says:

    Herland! I forgot about that when making my list (I focused on Classics You Might Not Have Heard Of.) I enjoyed it when I read it in high school, must have a second look.

  5. Lindsey says:

    I’m glad to see you picked Murder on the Orient Express. I’m determined to read some Agatha Christie mysteries one of these days!

    • Wendleberry says:

      I highly recommend Poirot. I find i can’t like Miss Marple, but Poirot is the perfect egotist to be observing and sticking his nose in and solving crimes.

  6. ablightedone says:

    I loved Agatha Christie when I was younger, I really want to reread some of her books! Herland sounds interesting! I hated Lord of the Flies, but it might be because I had to write a paper over it. And I was only 15 at the time, so I was disdainful of a lot of what I was told to read!

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