Monthly Archives: July 2014


Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 1 July, 2014 by Lianne in Meme / 24 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Classic Books (however you define classic) or Top Ten Classics I Want To Read

Regular readers & visitors to my blog will know that a) I love classic novels and b) you’d probably guess which authors/books are my favourite by now (Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Ivan Turgenev, Leo Tolstoy, Alexandre Dumas, Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, Anton Chekhov, Aleksandr Pushkin, etc, etc.), lol. So I’ve decided to go with 10 classics I want to read but haven’t gotten around to yet 😉 (And by classics, I mean mainly 19c literature and some early 20c stuff)

In no particular order:

  1. George Eliot’s Middlemarch — This book has been on my to-read list for years and years and I still haven’t gotten around to it *blushes* Friends and fellow bloggers have recommended it to me and enjoyed it immensely so yeah, one of these days I will read it xP
  2. Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country — This is the only book from her New York novels that I haven’t read yet. I read and enjoyed The House of Mirth (review), The Age of Innocence (review) and some of her smaller works so I’m looking forward to getting around to this title eventually.
  3. Wilkie Collins’ No Name — I have a ton of his books on my Kobo, waiting to be read, lol. I read The Woman in White a few years ago while I was in grad school (sadly never got around to reviewing it) and greatly enjoyed it so I hope to read his other books soon enough. The premises of many of his works sound excellent.
  4. Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho — I read her novel A Sicilian Romance some years ago, which I thought was all right but otherwise didn’t think much of it, but I am curious to read some of her major works. I first heard of this book through Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (commentary) 😉
  5. Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady — It’s one of those books I often see in the classics section that I just haven’t gotten around to yet. I have read some of his other works such as What Maisie Knew (review) and Daisy Miller (review), both of which were very interesting.
  6. Stendhal’s works — I have his books The Charterhouse of Parma and The Red and the Black, both of which are considered pretty major classics.
  7. Anthony Trollope’s He Knew He Was Right — I first heard of this book from a BBC adaptation made in the 1990s with Matthew MacFadyen. I’ve never read any of Trollope’s novels but I love the title of this particular book.
  8. Marcel Proust’s works — Yeah, in particular In Search of Lost Time. Quite intimidating. One of these days 😛
  9. Alessandro Manzoni’s The Betrothed — A classic in Italian literature. I meant to read it two years ago when I was participating in Italian lit reading challenge but never got around to it.
  10. John Galsworthy’s Forsyte Saga — Again, another classic I first heard of from a miniseries starring Damian Lewis. It sounds like quite the drama, I look forward to reading it sometime 🙂

And that’s my list of books for this week! What classic books made your list this week and how did you interpret this week’s topic? Also, a Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadian bloggers! If anyone’s interested, I’ve got a fun list of some Canadian lit books that I read recently going live in a few minutes after this post to check out 🙂