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Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl invited us to share “Books Written Before I Was Born (These can be books you’ve read or want to read!).” I’m going to share a list of some of my favorite classics. Links go to my review, if I’ve written one, or to the Malaprop’s bookstore website.
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (Published 1908)–One of my favorite books of all time. I love all of the Anne books and really almost anything Montgomery ever wrote.
Persuasion by Jane Austen (Published 1818)–You guys can have Mr. Darcy; Captain Wentworth is the Austen hero for me. “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.” *swoon*
Rebecca (Published 1938)–I’ve read this classic several times. The Gothic melodrama, sinister Mrs. Danvers, and Rebecca’s complete dominance of the book despite the fact that she died before it even begins create a masterpiece in my opinion.
The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett (Published 1896)–I rarely liked my required reading for school but my American literature professor hit it out of the park when she assigned this one. I read it in college and then re-read it when I visited Maine on vacation. Jewett described that beautiful rocky coastline so well, it’s practically a character.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Published 1960)–Fortunately, this classic was never assigned to me in any of my classes. My sister and I have very similar taste in books and she dislikes it because it was required for her. I love the whole Finch family but Scout’s innocence and Atticus’s stand for what’s right earned them both spots among my favorite characters of all time.
The Chronicles of Narnia (Published 1950 – 1956)–I believe my third grade teacher’s assistant read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe to our class and it’s been love ever since. I don’t know how many times I’ve read the books in this series.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Published 1871)–My parents subscribed me to a book program called Weekly Reader when I was young. Among other books, they sent me a box set of four classics, all of which I liked, but this is my favorite. It’s another classic that I’ve read multiple times.
Mythology by Edith Hamilton (Published 1942)–I read my aunt’s copy of this classic while I was in middle school and decided to go ahead and re-read it when it was assigned my sophomore year of high school. I picked up the bulk of my Greek, Roman, and Norse mythological knowledge from this book.
The Poetry and Short Stories of Dorothy Parker (She lived 1893 – 1967)–I don’t even remember when Dorothy Parker hit my radar. Maybe middle school? Certainly by high school. Her razor-sharp wit has always amused me to no end. This is the collection I own.
The Gold-Bug and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe (He lived 1809 – 1849)–We all love Poe, right? I don’t know where I picked up this collection. Maybe in college? My favorite stories are “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
That’s my list! Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Which books did/would you choose? Link up every Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl!