Reading the Classics- Your favorites ?

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  1. MissFrizzle

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    So this summer, I have decided I would like to read more Classics. So, I am starting off with The Old Man and the Sea


    Tell me your favorite so I can get started. :)
     
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    My all time favorite novel is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It's a classic romance. A more eyebrow raising read is Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence. Slightly risque even now, it was outrageous in the day. Virginia Woolfe's Mrs. Dalloway is also excellent once you become used to her writing style (her sentences run on for a half page at times).
     
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    I started reading Jane Eyre during the school year, but stopped due to pure exhaustion at the end of the day. I plan to finsih that book. Some classics that I read and enjoyed:
    Hunchback of Notre Dame
    Scarlett Letter
    I'm not certain if these are considered classics, but Grapes of Wrath and To Kill a Mockingbird (two of my all time favorite books)

    Want to read:
    Man in the Iron Mask
     
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    Jane Eyre is my favorite book of all time, too! Scarlet Letter is also wonderful. Anything by Jane Austen, of course (Pride and Prejudice...ever heard of it? ;) ).

    The Odyssey if you're feeling really adventurous.
    Frankenstein
    Of Mice and Men
    Maybe a collection of classic short stories? Those are always good.
    1984
    Lord of the Rings
    Chronicles of Narnia series
    Siddartha
     
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    I loved Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, also 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, all of Jane Austen's books, and most of Mark Twain's books and short stories
     
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    I love all the Little House books. I know, they are for the younger reader but I still enjoy them. I also really liked Sense and Sensibility.
     
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    LOve love love Jane Eyre!

    I also love the color purple and a tale of two cities
     
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    I'm also a big fan of To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men. I would also add Native Son ,Their Eyes Were Watching God and Brave New World to the list.
     
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    Great Expectations and To Kill a Mockingbird
     
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    I loved both of these!
     
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    Hate to say it, but I absolutely hated Jane Eyre! I'm more fond of Great Gatsby, Crime and Punishment, and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
     
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    Almost anything by Jane Austen
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Edith Hamiltons Greek Mythology
    various short stories by EA Poe

    I'd like to eventually read:
    Don Quioxte
    Great Gatsby
    Wuthering Heights
     
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    I also loved Jane Eyre. Frankenstein is good! Poisonwood Bible is not really a classic, but might be one day! Also Cold Sassy Tree. (Frizz, would you like a book set in the first century that is historical fiction about the spreading of Christianity? Try The Mark of the Lion Trilogy by Francine Rivers. It is not preachy, has incredible characters, and very well researched.)
     
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    Heart of Darkness
    The Master and Margarita
    Brave New World
    1984
     
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    I love- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It is great!
     
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    i ADORE "Catcher in the Rye" it may not fall into the classics territory, but i loved loved LOVED it!
    I also liked King Dork, a modern book that makes 'fun' of lovers of the book.
    Both spoke to me!
     
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    I bought Jane Eyre a few months ago, and I just can't get into it! It's just not the book for me :( I have started, stopped, and re-read from the beginning about 3 times :( I never make it past the first third of the book. I love A Tale of Two Cities. That stands out as a book from High School I truly enjoyed. I agree that the Poisonwood Bible may be a classic someday.
     
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    I recently picked up a copy of this at the bargain table... I'm glad you liked it. I will have to get started once school is officially over.:rolleyes:
     
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    Pride & Prejudice is my all-time favorite. I loved it from the moment I read it in high school.
     
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    Ditto!!:2up: One of the best books I have ever read. It has been labeled a young-adult book, but it was originally written for adults!
     
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    Yes, I love Brave New World!
     
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    Me, two, or is it about four!! :D I have read and reread this book at different stages of my life, and each time it speaks to me at a different level of understanding. :) It is an awesome book. It has been made into a movie twice, I believe. The mid 1970's version, starring Cliff Robertson and Diane Baker is great!

    Other favorites: To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, and Little Women

    More modern classics :) Gone With the Wind, The Thorn Birds, Christy, and A Man Called Peter
     
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    Brave New World and 1984 are awesome books.
     
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    Pamela by Richardson is also really good...a little long though. :)
     
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    Geesh, I haven't heard of some of these books. I have decided to make my summer a reading summer since I have read very few books for enjoyment during the school year. Unfortunately my summer is being cut short by 3 weeks because my program is being moved to a school with a modified school year :(.
     
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    I just picked up A Wrinkle In Time. I read about half of the book to the class this spring, but they were rather confused and voted to set it aside and read The Teacher's Funeral instead. I love Wrinkle and decided to finish it up over the summer.
     
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    Fav Classics

    Wuthering Heights my all time favorite
    Emma put me to sleep Film coming out soon.
    I might pick up The Old Curiosity Shop again. Still only half way through. Sooooo many details.

    I will settle down with my summer time favorites though. Anything to do with the beach and/or northeastern coast.

    Nora Roberts is my favorite author. I love her trilogies. ;) Happy Reading!
     
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    A favorite of mine, also!! I think I read somewhere where they had made it into a movie. I would love to see it. I had one of my lunch bunch groups read Wrinkle...it was a hard read for them, but they really seemed to enjoy it. I can remember reading it when I was a 5th grader...loved it from the start! :) Part of it, for me, though, was that I had lost my father, so I really identified with Meg.
     

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