Armchair BEA ~ Classic Literature

 

ArmchairBEA widgetOver on the Armchair BEA Blog the discussion on classic literature is going on all day with TONS of links to other bloggers hosting their discussion on the subject. People will be sharing their favorites, making recommendations, discussing why they love the classics, and so on. Remember, too, that adding to the discussion with comments of your own enters you in the BIG giveaway – DETAILS HERE.

As for me, I will admit that while a big reader from a very young age, I wasn’t a huge fan of what is generally considered “the classics” in literature. Of course, that greatly depends on one’s personal definition of what is considered “classic literature” – that being a definition hotly debated! I’ll let you conduct a Google search on the subject and save the debating for the Armchair BEA blog! My choices in favorite books I consider classic are visually listed below.

 

Austen Collection
Naturally! Although I admit I didn’t read Austen until well into my adult years.
LittleHouse
Laura Ingalls Wilder was read over and over and over again!
Little Women
I loved everything by Louisa May Alcott, but my favorites were Little Women, Little Men, and Jo’s Boys.
MarkTwain
BIG Mark Twain fan too! Read them all, I am pretty sure.
tolkien
Of course!

 

 

 

 

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I could list lots more that I consider classics, but I want to hear from you. What is your definition of a “classic” novel? Which are your favorites to read, now or when younger?

 

 

8 Comments for Armchair BEA ~ Classic Literature

  1. Love the classics like Gone With the Wind, Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, Captains & Kings, Green Darkness, Centennial come to mind. I did read a lot of Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers when younger.
    They were called “bodice rippers,” then but would compare to some of the romance novels today. Maybe they might even be considered pretty tame by today’s standards?

    Current classics will be the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, I’m sure. On your recommendation, Sharon, I started them and finished all 8 in less than a year. All my “downtime” from writing was devoted to reading her hard-to-put-down books. She makes you care about the characters. I’ve read three of your books, and also enjoyed Linda Berdoll’s 2 books about Darcy and Elizabeth.

  2. I’ve joined the Classics Club as a way to read some of those classics I missed appreciating as a kid. I loved Little Women more now as a parent than I did when I tried to read it as a young girl of a bookworm mother. Little Women, To Kill a Mockingbird and Persuasion were my favorites. While I liked the end of Pride and Prejuidice, Elizabeth’s mother was annoying and the first 3/4 of the book just moved too slowly for me.

  3. Dear Sharon!

    Great choices! I´ve read of course Jane Austen, Tolkien and Laura Ingalls Wilder, too. I´ve read Mark Twain, but I read the book about his travels to Europe. Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer are on my long,long list of books, that I want to read. I don´t care if a book is “classic” or not.
    For me Classic Books are the books, that have been written a long time ago, but are still read by many people. Right now I love Romance, historical and present, Fantasy, Steampunk and great novels. Right now I am reading the second book of the “All Souls Trilogy” by Devorah Harkness and I absolutely love it!

    Susanne

  4. Funny, you’re the second person to mention Little House one the Prairie as a classic. I never really thought of those books as classics per se, but when I think about it they do fit my definition of classic. Thanks for bringing it up.
    Have a great ArmchairBEA!

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