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July 1: Top Ten Favorite Classic Books (however you define classic) or Top Ten Classics I Want To Read
1. Fahrenheit 451; Ray Bradbury. There’s a bunch of interesting dystopian classics out there, but this is one of my favorites.
2. Frankenstein; Mary Shelley. Is your only knowledge of Frankenstein’s monster from movies or tv? Fix it! Fix it now!
3. Moby Dick; Herman Melville. Now, I can sense the eye-rolling, but I have a suggestion–skip the chapters on the anatomy of the whale. They’re just Melville showing off his knowledge of the ‘whale fish.’ And skim any sections you bog down in. The core of the story is fascinating–revenge, obsession, friendship, loyalty, greed… there’s a bit of padding, is all.
4. Picture of Dorian Gray; Oscar Wilde. So many stories relate to this one. Dorian is quite the character, and it’s a surprisingly quick read.
Classics I Want to Read
6. Gulliver’s Travels; Johnathan Swift. I know the story, but I’ve never read it.
7. Lady Chatterly’s Lover; D.H. Lawrence. Seen this book on so many lists.
8. The Things They Carried; Tim O’Brien. I’ve read pieces of this, but not the whole thing.
9. Vanity Fair; William Makepeace Thackery. Another title that passed me by.
10. Wuthering Heights; Emily Bronte. I’m a little iffy on this–I think I won’t like the characters, but it is a classic.