About 5 years ago I did a post on classic novels I'd read and would like to read, so I thought I was overdue for another post on classics!
I kind of go in and out of reading classics because they can be quite heavy and a bit of work to get through, but they are usually worth the time.
What I'm reading now:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - I'm absolutely loving this so far! I can't believe I've never gotten around to reading it before. The 1949 movie has always been one of my all time favorites.
I'm also re-reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen with this beautifully illustrated edition my children gave me for my birthday last March.
Classic novels I have read since my last post:
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy - This one I only got half way through, then cheated and watched the movie, which I didn't particularly like so I never went back to the book.
(I may go back to this book after talking to my daughter, who had a different perspective on the story then I did.)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen - This next one I really enjoyed. Of course it's Jane Austen. : )
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - And this one I absolutely loved! I'd seen the movie beforehand, but the book was even better.
I've also read these classic novels that weren't on my list:
In His Steps by Charles M. Shelton - Really enjoyed this one. You can read my thoughts here... In His Steps
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin - This one was really cute.
Daddy-long Legs by Jean Webster - This was enjoyable, but the liberal theology shared in it was a bit disconcerting.
Lady Susan by Jane Austen - This is probably my least favorite of hers, but still witty.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelly - I didn't particularly like this one, as it was dark and depressing. Mary Shelly had a way with words that brought you into the darkness Victor Frankenstein choose for himself in creating an unethical monster. Though there are lessons to learn throughout this book.
Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell - Loved this one, though it was a bit of struggle to get through. You can read my thoughts here... Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather - The writing was beautiful, and the story, in the lives of her characters living on the prairie, was real and raw.
Classic Novels added to my TBR shelf:
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)
Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Payson Prentiss (1880)
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (1864)
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (1851)
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (1848)
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (1854)
Evelina by Frances Burney (1778)
Anne of Green Gables Series by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1908)
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens (1857)
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (1862)
Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871)
The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith (1766)
*You can check out Part One here... Classic Novels