Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Classics AND Top Ten Classics We Want To Read


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Favorite Classics AND Top Ten Classics We Want To Read



1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is my all-time favorite book. I read it as a freshman in high school and thought it was okay. When I reread it as an adult, I fell in love with it. I made my dad read it, and he was just as enamored with the book.

2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

I love all things John Steinbeck. This is my favorite classic to teach. My students and I read it like a play, and they love it.

3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

This book takes me to a different land. It is beautiful. I own an old copy with illustrations. As I write about the book right now, I am compelled to reread it.

4. 1984 by George Orwell

1984 is an incredible book to teach. It took awhile for my students to get into it, but they really enjoyed it once they got over the initial hump. This book is a winner (and there are so many modern-day connections for students to appreciate).

5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

I read this book the summer before college. I was blown away by how good it was. This is a classic worth reading.

Want to Read

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I am embarrassed that I haven’t read this book yet! I love all of the movies. I know that doesn’t count!

2. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

This book has been on my to-read list for a very long time. I think I own three copies of it.

3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I’d love to read this text. I opened the first few pages during a break in my teaching schedule, but somehow, I lost the copy.

4. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

This is a book that I probably won’t enjoy, but I would love to try it out.

5. Beloved by Toni Morrison

I read The Bluest Eye as a freshman in high school (and was very confused), and then when I had the option to see the play, I ordered copies of it. I enjoyed it so much that I ended up teaching it the following year.




1. Hemingway’s Sun Also Rises, Old Man and the Sea, and A Farewell to Arms

I love how Hemingway writes! And although I haven’t read everything by him yet, everything I have read I thoroughly enjoy.

2. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

This is a book that truly makes you look at the world differently.

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Perfection. The courtroom scene will never leave me. And if you haven’t listened to the audio book, it is a must. Sissy Spacek is amazing.

4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

This is such a powerful novel. And the ending! Wow. It is also an amazing audio book read by Gary Sinise.

5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

One of the first dystopians and a frightening and scary world it is.

Want to Read

1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

I want to see where the phrase came from. Also, I have heard it is quite enjoyable.

2. 1984 by George Orwell

I have started this book a handful of times, and I. Am. Going. To. Finish. It!

3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Too often this is brought up, and I haven’t read it.

4. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Everyone’s favorite, and I am enthralled with the Dust Bowl.

5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

The premise just seems like it is going to be fun to read.

What classics are your favorite?
What classics do you still want to read?

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3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Classics AND Top Ten Classics We Want To Read”

  1. My all time favorite classic is Jane Eyre! I never could like Wuthering Heights, though. I think I first read it when I was too young and never recovered from it. I am still working my way through Les Mis and would love to read some of the classics by Russian writers.

      • Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorites, as well! I read it for the fourth time a few years back. I even taught it to my seniors! You might like Wuthering Heights more if you had the vintage copy that I have–the illustrations are beautiful. I haven’t read Wide Saragasso Sea, but I have owned it for so many years. I will have to read it. Thanks, Kellee!

        I read Les Mis last year. It took me forever, and I am not sure it was worth all of the time I spent on it! It needed some heavy editing, in my opinion.


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