Top Ten Tuesday: but classics are boring! 

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Top Ten Tuesday is back!! This week The Broke and the Bookish gave us a pretty open topic. All they said was “Top Ten Book recommendations for _________.” This topic can go every which way, and I can’t see what people do with it.

I’m going to stick with the classics and list 10 classics for people who think classics are boring (I’ll also have some honorable mentions at the end, because there are so many!)

Some of these have made it in my top tens before, a few are new, but all of them are books I did not want to put down until I finished them.

1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas 

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Revenge, prison breaks, knife fights, kidnappings, treasure hunts, elaborate parties, and never-ending love…these are only a portion of what you get from The Count of Monte Cristo. While it’s a long book, the action really speeds it along (also the movie is pretty good, even though they change a few things).

2. The Oedipus Cycle by Sophocles

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You want drama? Sophocles will give you drama. The cycle is a combination of three plays written by the greek philosopher, and they are packed with insanity. You have unlikely marriages, accidental murders, and you will learn what happens when you try to trick fate and fortune.

3. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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I don’t think I have to explain this one. Tolkien masterfully told an epic tale of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins and their role in the destruction of the ring of power.

4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

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These witty and sophisticated mysteries are so fun and clever. Each mystery is it’s own chapter, so you don’t have to worry about stopping in the middle of one without getting to the answer, but I promise you, you will want to keep reading.

5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

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While nothing like the movies, Frankenstein is a genius work full of science, adventures, betrayal, murder, and repentance. It is fast-paced and exciting, and it does not cease to make you think.

6. The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer 

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Hands down, the two most epic tales ever written…also the oldest epics ever written. The Iliad and the Odyssey (if you can get past the poetry) are stories like none other. Their mix of mythology and history give a unique and fascinating tale of the Trojans and the Greeks.

7. The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

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Affairs, battles, corrupt politicians, assignations (and failed attempts), blackmail, and so much more. The Three Musketeers, in classic Dumas fashion, never stops the action and keeps adventure a top priority.

8. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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While being a children’s series, The Chronicles of Narnia are entertaining to those of any age. They are quick reads with fantastic characters and plots, always showing the chivalry and honor of the hero’s, and the evil capabilities of the villains.

9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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This gripping novel tells of the civil rights movement in the deep south. This book isn’t as action packed as the rest in my list, but it never fails to grasp the reader’s attention, all while sharing the history and morals of the author’s childhood.

10. Anything by Agatha Christie  

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Christie never fails to impress me, and her stories are always so entertaining. She will show you that even old books can have some mystery and excitement when it comes to murder. Christie is known as the Queen of Mystery and she has certainly earned that title.

 

Honorable mentions:

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

1984 by George Orwell

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: but classics are boring! 

  1. THIS IS SUCH A GOOD POST. I love classics so so much, every time I hear “classics are boring” I die a little inside. I’m such a huge Ancient Greece geek, so obviously I love The Iliad/Odyssey and Sophocles’ Theban plays so much. Oedipus Rex is THE BEST. The Count of Monte Cristo is toward the top of my TBR! Maybe I’ll tackle it after War and Peace.

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    1. Thanks! Oedipus Rex really is amazingly awesome, Ancient Greece is also one of my favorite periods to read about! Count of Monte Cristo really is good, and it’s also a pretty quick read, so it’ll feel like a breeze after War and Peace! Are there any other’s you would add to this list? I was so conflicted making it because there are so many to choose from

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      1. Ooh, that’s good to know! I’ve been sort of intimidated by its length, but after War and Peace it probably won’t seem so daunting.

        I agree with so many of your choices! Though Les Mis would have been higher up on my list since probably my all time favorite book. I’d definitely include East of Eden by John Steinbeck which I read in less than a week despite the length, so it’s definitely anything but boring. Maybe also The Bell Jar, In Cold Blood, Jane Eyre, The Awakening, The Crucible…. ahhh so many to choose from

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      2. I went back and forth with Les Mis because it’s also one of my favorites, but I know for some it’s hard to get through the whole thing because Hugo goes off on tangents so often haha. But yes, too many choices, people just need to read them all!

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    1. Haha yes, I agree, that’s why I opted to give it just an honorable mention…the main plot is so so good, but I love some good days of my life trying to get through the battle of Waterloo haha maybe people trying to read classics should start with an abridged version of les mis…

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  2. I love the classics. This summer, I have read Oliver Twist and the other Dickens’ books I have read are A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations. I have read Don Quixote and Les Misérables. In school, I have read Illiad and Odessey. Well, so true anything by Agatha Christie: I love her mystery books and I first encountered her when I read “And Then There Was None” in 12th grade.

    To be honest, Les Misérables is my favorite classic despite the annoying history lessons that break away from the plot and I never would have read this book if it wasn’t for the love I had for the musical.

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    1. You’ve read a ton of classics! Yeah, Les Mis is one of my favorites but it’s hard for newcomers to classics because of the tangents Hugo goes on, but nonetheless, I think everyone should read it at some point!

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      1. Because I was previously a passionate fan of Les Mis thanks to the musical, I was able to bring my knowledge of what I had known to the book. I marked up major characters and wrote in songs. I did not even skip over those history, I just continued to push through. I wouldn’t have read the book if I wasn’t a fan of the musical to begin with

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  3. Hi! I hated 1984 haha. Probably because I read it in high school, and I really didn’t like any of the classics I read at that time. Now I read classics and enjoy them! I’ve been meaning to read Dorian Grey. Great list 🙂
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    Leslie

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    1. I’ve found that every book I hated in high school, I’ve loved after re-reading! Haha high school is detrimental to classics it seems! 1984 is a strange book, that’s for sure! Dorian Grey is super creepy, and very intriguing! Thanks for reading!

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  4. Chelsea

    Excellent choices! There are quite a few on here that I still have to read (especially The Count of Monte Cristo!) but I love your selections as far as classics I have read go!

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  5. I love classics! They are not boring, but they can be some work to get through at times. I loved The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Frankenstein and Les Miserables. I am not overly fond of mysteries, but I did read some of the Sherlock Holmes stories and I enjoyed them. I have been wanting to read an Alexander Dumas book but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. The Three Musketeers has been sitting on my shelf for at least two years…
    Some of my other favorite classics include Great Expectations and Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, and Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky.
    I really enjoyed this post! I don’t see a lot of classics talked about on book blogs and I really appreciated it!

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    1. Thanks! My main goal of my blog is to post more classics because I had such a hard time finding reviews on classics here! Glad you liked it! I love Dickens, but I haven’t read Nicholas Nickleby yet. My favorite by him is A Tale of Two Cities.
      It took me a long time to pick up Three Musketeers, but once I did I had no regrets!
      Thanks for commenting and keep sharing your love of classics!!

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      1. A Tale of Two Cities is a great book! I also really enjoy the music from the Broadway adaption of the story. Apparently it did not have a long run on Broadway but some of the music is beautiful. (I am something of a musical theatre fanatic as well as a classics enthusiast.)

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