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As I sign off this blog-world until my house is finally dedustbunnied, I do have a question for you. It’s random. What are your favorite classic novels? I am not qualified to have the degree and a half that I do, and even the classics I did read, I don’t remember. I should spell much better, too, if I would read a whole book, rather than reading the first chapter of twelve books at once and then staling out. What do you say?

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Kara
Reply March 13, 2008

not sure if these are classics, but a few of my favorite ones are by francine rivers: redeeming love (which I so need to read again), the mark of the lion series by francine rivers.

Sarah
Reply March 14, 2008

My fav classics are The Great Gatsby, Pride & Prejudice, Crime and Punishment, East of Eden, To Kill a Mockingbird,and Gone with the Wind. I feel like there are others, but my brain has gone from being a sponge to being a sieve, and most things fall out.

Amber
Reply March 14, 2008

I hear you girl. It's like I put my brain on a ferris wheel and didn't buckle it up.

I've only read The Great Gatsby of that list, and it is for sure one of my faves, along with The Sun Also Rises. I want more, people.

Craig & Cindy
Reply March 14, 2008

Tess of the D'Ubervilles.
Jane Eyre.
For Whom the Bell Tolls. (is this a classic? Another Hemingway I love is "A Moveable Feast".)
McBeth. (Again, same question above.)
Lonesome Dove. (Long, but incredibly written.)
Jack Kerouac's "On the Road".
Grapes of Wrath. (Another Steinbeck I love is the non-fiction "Travels with Charlie".)

...to name a few...

Cindy

Craig & Cindy
Reply March 14, 2008

Tess of the D'Ubervilles.
Jane Eyre.
For Whom the Bell Tolls. (is this a classic? Another Hemingway I love is "A Moveable Feast".)
McBeth. (Again, same question above.)
Lonesome Dove. (Long, but incredibly written.)
Jack Kerouac's "On the Road".
Grapes of Wrath. (Another Steinbeck I love is the non-fiction "Travels with Charlie".)

...to name a few...

Cindy

Amber
Reply March 14, 2008

I do love Hemingway. I think Jane Eyre might be what I read first ... I hope.

Have you ever read any other Larry McMurtry (sp?)? He's very entertaining. For some reason, I do love Westerns, so I may really enjoy Lonesome Dove. I never even watched the series.

So far as non-fiction goes, it's what I seem to prefer.

The Clarks
Reply March 14, 2008

I love some of the simple ones like Tom Sawyer, Black Beauty, Oliver Twist, Little Women, Around the world in 80 days, Journey to the Center of the earth, The Jungle Book, Chronicles of Narnia, (are they considered classics yet?) Heidi (Of Course!) plus the darker Dorian Grey, Dr. Jeckyl/Mr. Hyde, and Jane Eyre. I love me some classics!!

Mansfield Park is prob. my favorite Jane Austin right now, I have her complete collection so it changes.

Sarah
Reply March 14, 2008

Oh you need to watch the series. LOVE it. We should start a book club. Could we highlight and write silly things like "simile" or "foreshadowing" in the margins like we did in high school?

Amber
Reply March 14, 2008

High School? I can hardly read a cereal box without getting a pen and underlining the topic sentences. Naw, it's not that bad, but almost. I would love to start a book club.

Meredith
Reply March 14, 2008

I agree with all of Sarah's picks, but would add everything by Hemingway and probably Catcher in the Rye (I used to think I'd name my children Holden and Phoebe)and Slaughterhouse Five.

Ashley
Reply March 18, 2008

Let me know if you all start a book club. I'd definitely be interested. I'm not sure I could accomplish a novel a month, but maybe every other month. Sarah, I bet Kristin Gray would join us, too.

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