Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 13 September, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 14 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 ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre

Horrible topic! j/k, but how am I suppose to narrow it down to 10, lol? And there’s the matter of genre…have I done classic literature for a list like this? If not, yes, let’s go with that 😛 Note that I’m not including plays (sorry Shakespeare (see author tag)) and poetry (sorry, The Kalevala (review) & Dante’s Inferno) here, just straight-up literary prose.

In no particular order:

  1. Persuasion by Jane Austen (review) — Surprised, anyone? I think my review/commentary says it all 😉
  2. North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell (review) — Again, surprised? Thank you, BBC adaptation for introducing me to this wonderful classic *hearts and stars*
  3. The Longest Journey by E.M. Forster (review) — I also love A Room With a View (review) but this underrated E.M. Forster gets the favourite spot because of some of the themes it tackles. Highly recommended if you haven’t read it/come across it before!
  4. Fathers & Sons by Ivan Turgenev (review) — I was introduced to this classic in my undergraduate studies and it remains to date my favourite Ivan Turgenev novel and my favourite Russian classic. Turgenev does a wonderful job in portraying the ideas that were circulating during the time amongst the intelligentsia whilst weaving quite a story.
  5. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (review) — One of my earliest Dickens novels read, it remains one of my favourites with the themes it tackles, the story it tells, and of course introducing me to one of my favourite characters, Eugene Wrayburn 😉
  6. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (review) — I’ve read a number of her books to date and enjoyed almost all of them but this remains my favourite. It’s quite the tragedy (most of it self-inflicted) but very compelling IMO.
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (review) — Tolstoy is quite the master of telling a sweeping tale, but what I love about this book is how he balances that panoramic view of Russian society with the internal character drama. Stunning stuff.
  8. Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov (review) — Gah, I love this underrated Russian classic. The premise was hilarious–the guy spent half the novel in bed with people coming in and out and not leaving him alone–but in true Russian fashion the story takes a quick turn to the tragic with a lot of interesting themes to boot.
  9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (review) — What else is there to say about Jane Eyre? The characters, the story, the writing…
  10. The Notebooks of Malte Laurid Briggs by Maria Rainer Rilke — A recent read that quickly became a favourite for me with Rilke’s lyricism. There’s no plot per se but his presentation of the human condition and human experiences through the character of Malte Laurid Briggs had me glued from start to finish.



And that’s my list for this week! What are some of your favourite classic titles? What genre did you choose for this week’s TTT? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

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14 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. I have to admit thtI have to admit that I’m not very up on my classic literature! I have heard of all of these books, but certainly haven’t read many of them! Lovely list.

  2. North and South sounds very interesting and I think I’ve heard good things about that BBC adaptation. For me the changing social climate with industrialization and the changing of the land is of interest, so this might be a good one for me to try. And I haven’t read Austen although I have Sense and Sensibility- and since I usually like the film adaptations I’d probably like the books too.

  3. I almost did a Classic Lit list myself but sat there waffling between titles for hours Too many favorites, haha. Anna Karenina and Jane Eyre definitely would have made my list though 🙂

  4. I almost did Classics this week too! The House of Mirth would definitely have made my list! The BBC adaptation introduced me to North and South too! I remember watching it and then immediately going to the nearest Waterstones to buy the book!
    Here’s my TTT post

  5. A great list! ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘Persuasion’ and ‘North and South’ will definitely be on my own Top 10 Literary Classics list when I eventually get round to writing it one of these days 🙂

  6. Allyson Gilmore

    It’s interesting to see someone pick Persuasion as their favorite Austen! Usually, you only ever see Pride and Prejudice make these lists :p

    My TTT.

  7. Wonderful list! I love Oblomov and Anna Karenina (Russian lit fistbump!) and I re-read Persuasion earlier this year because it’s just so great. Ooh, and Jane Eyre. Basically I love your whole list. 🙂

  8. Oh I feel like such an uneducated mulberry in the face of classics! I’VE BARELY READ ANY. I got halfway through Jane Eyre before I bailed. But I do like the children’s classics like Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Railway Children, and Narnia!!

  9. My favorite is Northanger Abbey. I wish I enjoyed classics more, but I just don’t. I still read them, though, because they expand my horizons and I do like “knowing” the classics.

  10. Amazing list of classics, Lianne. Of course, “North and South” is a beautiful story (I refuse to believe it’s anything less after the BBC miniseries!) and anything Austen is wonderful. These women knew how to write amazing characters and complex stories. 🙂

  11. I definitely agree on so many of these! Austen always, and I love North and South too! Lots of Russians on this list, unsurprisingly. 😉 But no Dostoevsky? I absolutely loved The Brothers Karamazov…might need to reread it soon!

    • Funnily enough Dostoevsky and I have a bit of an odd relationship; on paper his books are the kind of books I would love but for whatever reason they don’t, and they don’t seem to hold my attention compared to other Russian authors. I’ve been meaning to revisit his books though 🙂

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