Hello! I’m so glad you’re here. This is my very first Friday post on this brand-new (ish) blog of mine and I thought I would start it off as I mean to go on – with a weekly Five on Friday series and five of my favourite classic books!
I’m not sure who started it so I don’t know who to tag but I loved the alliteration.
As a child, I read a lot of classic books.
Although my mom is not much of a reader, she always encouraged me to read and bought me a set of hardcovers with titles like Lorna Doone, Gulliver’s Travels, Heidi, The Swiss Family Robinson, and Little Women. I also loved fairytales – to be honest, I still do – and I had a giant book of classic “bedtime stories” from all over the world.
Like many things, I suppose that that’s where my love for the classics began – with my mother.
My Five Favourite Classic Books
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
I have been obsessed with Little Women ever since I first read it more than 25 years ago. I quickly became enamoured with Josephine March and, quite honestly, I believe that’s where my love of writing began. I have also watched every single screen version and it’s one of those stories I think I will never tire of.
Now that I am older, I appreciate each one of the March girls and their personalities, dreams, and wants for their lives a little more. But Jo will always have my whole heart. 💛
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Middle Earth has become my comfort in hard times and the book I will always reach for when the world is going to shit. Perhaps it’s because I know that despite all the evil in Middle Earth, there is a happy ending.
When I was younger, I loved characters like Eowyn who broke through rigid expectations. She still has a place in my heart but I have a greater appreciation now for the Hobbits’ way of life and that “it is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.”
1984 – George Orwell
This was the book that opened my eyes to the way of the world and how easily people can be manipulated to believe what the people in power want them to believe!
It also made me much more aware of my own hypocrisy and ability to “doublethink”. Scary, right?
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
I had, of course, heard of Charles Dickens (thanks, Matilda!) but I was never interested in reading his works. That was until I found a copy of Great Expectations when the cleaners at my high school were clearing out a classroom and throwing out the “junk”. I couldn’t bear to see a book being treated like that so I rescued it, and I’m so very glad I did!
I finally met Pip, who gave me such hope, and Miss Havisham, who broke my heart completely.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
When I was 8 years old, an older cousin gave me a copy of this book. Since then, I have read it every single year and I am amazed each time. As a child, I hated Edmund and couldn’t understand how he could be so cruel and, also, so easily forgiven. But as I get older, I begin to understand him more and more and he is now my favourite Narnian character – after Susan, of course.
My copy of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (the exact cover and edition posted below) is now tattered and well-worn but I love it all the same and I will continue to read it every year.
Do you read the classics? Which ones are your most favourite classic books, or even your least favourite?