One Blogger's (Ex-High School English Teacher) Top 5 Classics
This is interesting. A blogger that I read (I forgot who it is), who is an ex-high school English teacher, has 5 favorite classics of all time. Since I don't read much in the way of classics, I thought you all might want to know someone else's opinion as to which are the best ones to read. Now that I've seen this list, I STILL won't read any classics. I'm simply too set in my ways. But here they are.
To Kill a Mockingbird: By a landslide, this is my favorite book of all time. I'm always surprised when I meet adults who've never read it. Scout is a fantastic narrator, and Atticus is my literary superhero. More than anything, this novel reinforces the importance of integrity and of treating every person with decency, whether deserving or not.
Jane Eyre: Though a bit wordy and sometimes a bit ridiculous in its plot points, Jane Eyre is a rare kind of love story. The main character is not that pretty, and she sticks to her beliefs more than her man. The book features an intimidating house on a creepy English moor, plenty of mystery and secrets and strange happenings, and several moments of swoon and passion. Seriously, give it another shot.
Fahrenheit 451: Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 follows Guy Montag, a fireman who starts fires rather than extinguishes them, and works to burn all books he finds. Montag enjoys his job and life until he meets a girl named Clarisse who causes him to question his life and its purpose. This novel shows what happens to a society when it stops reading. Plus, Bradbury's ability to write in 1950 about a world strikingly similar to our world now is unnerving.
Rebecca: Speaking of haunting English manors and secretive happenings, Rebecca is sure to please any lover of mystery or romance. Caught in a whirlwind romance and marriage, the new Mrs. de Winter faces daunting challenges. The return to Manderley changes her new husband, leaving her alone and unsure of her place. Worst of all, the new Mrs. de Winter cannot shake the memory of her husband's dead first wife, Rebecca. Full of intrigue and mystery, suspense and passion, Rebecca is sure to please fans of all genres.
A Tale of Two Cities: Charles Dickens creates such intricate plot twists from such unusual characters, but set during the French Revolution, he also manages to provide a compelling story about self-sacrifice, love, and duty as well. Most noted for its beginning line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," this novel weaves a beautiful story about friendship