Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I'm a week late with this particular topic, but since I don't have any real blogging confessions (this week's actual prompt), I decided to bend the rules. Most of you already know how much I love classics, so it was no easy task coming up with just ten favorites. After much agony, here are the novels that made my final cut:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Elizabeth Bennet. Mr. Darcy. No matter how often I reread, I love it every time.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
An all-time favorite... and let me put in a plug for Travels with Charley, too.
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
I've loved every one of her novels I've read, but am including this because it is the most well known.
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
This is probably my favorite novel - ever. But I'm old enough to question whether anything published in 1987 really qualifies as a classic.
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
I think Undine Spragg is one of literature's most memorable characters.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
Anne is definitely underrated. This is my favorite Brontë novel to date.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I first read this in high school, and it just gets better with every reread.
Howards End by E.M. Forster
I loved this book. It's near the top of my "classics to be reread" list.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Who knew Mrs. Gaskell was so awesome? I read this with a group of bloggers a couple of summers ago and want to read everything else she's written . The miniseries is pretty great, too.
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
I've loved every Henry James novel I've read and definitely want to reread this one day. Note: I've not read his later works (you know, the ones with those convoluted sentences that are an entire paragraph unto themselves) so this proclamation could easily change.
And here I am at ten. No Eudora Welty, Wilkie Collins. Willa Cather, Emile Zola, Ernest Hemingway, or Charles Dickens. No Forsyte Saga, Count of Monte Cristo, or Tess of the d'Urbervilles. This really is an impossible task.
Be forewarned, I'll be pre-empting another TTT soon to list classics at the top of my TBR list.
What are your favorite classics?