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message 1: by Katerina (new)

Katerina | 252 comments I need to read some more what is everyones top 3 classics so that i can have some ideas?

I think that we should do a whole bunch of threads like top 3 YA novels, or books of all time, etc..just so we can get some more recommendations! :)

message 2: by Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner), The Founding Bookworm (new)

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 4407 comments Mod
hmm..i also need to read some more i like this thread! good idea!

i'd have to say that mine are:

1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
2. Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger
3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

message 3: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 143 comments I used to read a decent amount of classics. I haven't been reading them, or much of anything, lately. :(

My top 3:

1. Little Women
2. 1984
3. Pride and Prejudice

message 4: by Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner), The Founding Bookworm (new)

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 4407 comments Mod
definitely need to read Little Women and Pride and Prejudice! ahh..i really need to crack down and read some classics!

message 6: by Leila (new)

Leila (leilasbooks) | 31 comments My absolute favourite is Jane Eyre.

And then I cannot seem to choose the other two (because there are several).

message 7: by Annette (last edited Jan 29, 2009 05:51AM) (new)

Annette (annette_marie_reads) | 39 comments Here are my favorites:

1. Gone With the Wind
2. Pride and Prejudice
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

(4. would be The Grapes of Wrath or the Count of Monte Cristo, so good!)

message 8: by Andra (new)

Andra (aezadnik) I would have to go with:

1) East of Eden
2) War and Peace
3) Crime and Punishment

(You can't go wrong with Steinbeck and the Russians!)

message 9: by Emily (new)

Emily hmm...not a big fan of Mark Twain said "Classics are books that everyone wants to have read and no one wants to read" That being said, I do have a fondness for
The Catcher in the Rye
The Handmaid's Tale

also if you're including children's classics then I would say
Peter Pan
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

message 10: by Lorianne (new)

Lorianne (loriannewatts) 2 "classics" sections here because I can't choose!

1) The Count of Monte Cristo
2) Wuthering Heights
3) The Scarlet Letter

1) A Midsummer Night's Dream
2) Antigone/Oedipus Rex
3) Hamlet or Othello

message 11: by April (new)

April (booksandwine) OOO I still need to read the Count of Monte Cristo, Wuthering Heights, and War And Peace. Oh yes and Franny and Zooey.
I love all of the other books mentioned, though!

message 12: by Lori (last edited May 17, 2009 06:02PM) (new)

Lori Walker I don't think you can go wrong with:

Gone With The Wind (my favorite book)

To Kill a Mockingbird


They are very diverse books and ones I would rank as my favorites. That said, The Fountainhead, Peyton Place, A Farewell to Arms, and The Bell Jar are all pretty fantastic. I'm working on ready some older classics, so I'll get back to you later with more.

message 13: by Lori (new)

Lori Walker Sorry. That somehow bolded everything, when I only meant for the word "favorite" to be in bold.

message 14: by Lorianne (new)

Lorianne (loriannewatts) You know, I grew up in AL and I've still never read Gone With the Wind. I will, though!

message 15: by Lori (new)

Lori Walker Oh Lorianne! It's fantastic! Even better than the movie (which is amazing!)

message 16: by Lyndsey (new)

Lyndsey (lyndseyb) | 10 comments My faves:

1. Persuasion by Jane Austen
2. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell

But that's just right now. In two minutes I might make a completely different list because my favorites change all the time.

message 17: by Lianne (new)

Lianne (eclecticreading) | 71 comments My top 3 favourite classics:

1. Jane Austen's Persuasion
2. E.M. Forster's A Room With a View
3. Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South

message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

Only 3? Difficult to choose...

1) Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte

2) Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte

3) Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austin

message 19: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 143 comments I've never read Gone With The Wind either!! I feel like I should have read that by now.

message 20: by Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner), The Founding Bookworm (new)

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 4407 comments Mod
This summer I am all about reading more classics! Then I will be able to participate in this thread :)

message 21: by Lori (new)

Lori Walker One of my long term goals is to finish the classics. I'm drawn to them more than to modern fiction, so I already own a lot of them. But sometimes they take forever to read!

message 22: by Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner), The Founding Bookworm (new)

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 4407 comments Mod
I agree..sometimes I tend to take so long with them that I dread picking up my next one. Any particular one that you think I read next?

message 23: by Lori (new)

Lori Walker Catch-22 and The Fountainhead are both pretty good. I'm actually planning on re-reading Catch-22 sometime soon, so we could read it together.

message 24: by Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner), The Founding Bookworm (new)

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 4407 comments Mod
sounds like a plan..i've been wanting to read it for so long!

message 25: by Lori (new)

Lori Walker I will warn you that not everyone likes Catch-22 because the logic of it is hard to follow for some people. That's usually the deciding factor in whether someone likes the book or not (obviously, some people like or dislike it for other reasons, but in my experience, this is what I've found).

message 26: by Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner), The Founding Bookworm (new)

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 4407 comments Mod
I know I already made a top 3..but I'm going to have to add Little Women to the list for a top 4 :)

message 27: by Kayla (new)

Kayla | 604 comments 1.The Brothers Karamazov
2.The Fountainhead
3.The Great Gatsby

message 28: by Wild for Wilde (new)

Wild for Wilde (wildforwilde) | 22 comments Frankenstein, Huckleberry Finn, and the Great Gatsby

message 29: by Emily (new)

Emily  O (readingwhilefemale) | 487 comments I'm not sure what my list would be, but I know that 1984 would be on it.

message 30: by Lyka (new)

Lyka Walton | 7 comments 1) 1984
2) Lord of the Flies

Not quite quite what my third one would be..

message 31: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra M. | 3 comments 1984
the count of monte cristo
to kill a mockingbird

message 32: by Jessika (new)

Jessika (jessalittlenerdy) Crime and Punishment
Pride and Prejudice

message 33: by Heather (new)

Heather (andshewontsleep) | 278 comments Hmmm, I think my top 3 would be:
Catcher In The Rye
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
To Kill A Mockingbird

I know we're only supposed to choose 3 but I'm also going to say Great Expectations. I noticed in the 'books you loathed' thread so many people mentioned that but I actually really enjoyed it and think it deserves some love!

message 34: by Annie (new)

Annie Hartman (anniebananie) | 242 comments The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Secret Garden (I know its a kids book but it's still one of my favorites!)

message 35: by Wild for Wilde (new)

Wild for Wilde (wildforwilde) | 22 comments I loved the Secret Garden, one of the greatest children books of all time for sure. The movie was really sweet too.

message 36: by Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner), The Founding Bookworm (new)

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 4407 comments Mod
I FINALLY read Pride and Prejudice!! How did I go my whole life without reading that one?! So glad that I did.

message 37: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Friebel (jenna_friebel) 1. The Brothers Karamazov
2. Jane Eyre
3. Anna Karenina

I do also love most of Jane Austen's books (I think Emma would have to be my favorite), and I really want to read a lot of Dicken's books (all I've read is A Christmas Carol).

message 38: by Nikki (new)

Nikki That's a tough one, most of my favourite books are classics. My absolute favourites:

1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
2. The Catcher in the Rye
3. The Picture of Dorian Gray

message 39: by Alicia (new)

Alicia (kalypso) | 214 comments I still have a lot on my list of books to read but three of my favorites are

1. East of Eden
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
3. The Old Man and The Sea

message 40: by Sarah (new)

Sarah So I'm trying to find the best translations of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. Does anyone have any suggestions?

message 41: by Chris (new)

Chris | 93 comments Nikki, totally on Dorian Gray. One of my favorite books ever.

My top 3
1. To Kill A Mockingbird
2. Call of the Wild
3. Things Fall Apart

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