Well, I missed this excellent Top Ten list, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish . . . yep, this was the list that ran LAST week, on Tuesday, July 1st! I actually developed this list on July 1st, but never got around to posting it. Summer--what can I say? Anyway, I decided to go ahead and post my choices for my top 10 favorite classic books because, why not? It's a great topic. Even if today is a Thursday, not a Tuesday . . . I won't be bound by artificial limitations like days of the week!
For the purposes of this list, I am choosing to define "classics" as works of literature that stand the test of time . . . that several generations of readers consider to be literary works of art. Under this definition, I would not include any books that have been written in the past few decades, because we don't yet know if those works will speak to future readers. Looking over my list, I would certainly note that it is far too centered on English-language literature; that, I suppose, is a result of my education, with its focus on English and American literature. I would like, in the future, to increase my exposure to world literature.
With those caveats, here is my list, in no particular order:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Howards End by E.M. Forster
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
What would be on your list of top ten favorite classic books? And--maybe this is a good topic for another top ten list--what recent books do you think are most likely to be considered classics in the future? Hmm, I think I may have to do a post on that at some point . . .