The Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is favourite classics, but because I can't come up with 10 favourites, I'm splitting into 5 that I loved and 5 that I disliked.
First, my favourites:
1.) Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen – does this surprise anyone, really? Just generally I am a huge Austen fan, but P&P has to be my favourite. (Shout-out to runners-up Northanger Abbey and Sense & Sensibility!)
2.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I had to study this one in my first year of university, and let me tell you, if there's anything that will destroy your love for a book (I was already a fan at that point), it's analyzing it to death in school. Thankfully, my love for Jane Eyre held out.
3.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – there's something very comforting about this charmingly old-fashioned read.
4.) Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare — this is my favourite of Shakespeare's comedies. Gotta love the tension and clever exchange of wits between Beatrice and Benedick.
5.) Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder — I loved this book as a kid and read it repeatedly. I read a couple others in the series as well, but this one was my favourite.
And now, the classics I loathed:
here, and here, and here.
2.) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte — my dislike for this Bronte novel is perhaps as strong as my love for Jane Eyre. You can read about it more here.
3.) Lord of the Flies by William Golding — a bunch of boys trapped on an island, who turn repulsively violent? No, thank you.
4.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee — sorry, I know most people love this book, but it didn't work for me. For one thing, I just wasn't a huge fan of Scout's voice, and for another, we studied this book to death and beyond in high school (under a poor teacher, I might add) and I think that really put the final nail in this book's coffin for me.
5.) Watership Down by Richard Adams — I am not a fan of books about talking animals. The fact that some of these rabbits were super creepy and disturbing just made this book even worse.
What classics do you love (or hate)?