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Can I define classics as books I really liked that came out a long time ago? Just kidding, I think most of these are indeed classics or by classic authors. I’m always surprised when I end up liking classics because I’m not a literary person or someone who goes crazy over language, but I guess they are classics for a reason.
1. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: Possibly my all-time favorite book. I love it so much that, as a child, I annotated my copy so I could easily find all my favorite parts.
2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: Why did I read Anna Karenina? Because a good friend, who was doing her masters in English literature at the time, decided she should read it and asked me to read it with her. Guess which one of us liked the book more? Scratch that, guess which one of us actually finished the book? That would be me, aka the literature hater.
3. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger: Very few books really make me feel things deep down, but this one did. Which wasn’t always good, I remember reading it in high school and being depressed, but I still love it.
4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding: I definitely wasn’t sold on this book at first, but the more I read the more I liked it, it’s such a powerful book and I think about its messages a lot.
5. 1984 by George Orwell: After loving this in college I still resisted dystopian books for so long. Why?
6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Just such a masterpiece. This might actually be my favorite of the list.
7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: Another book that when I finally read it (just a few years ago) I was so amazed at how much I actually liked it. It wasn’t as creepy as I expected.
8. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery: I know everyone loves Anne of Green Gables, with good reason, but my favorite was always Anne of the Island, a choice that will shock no on who knows me. Even as a child I loved Anne out on her own and, of course, her getting together with Gilbert.
9. Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith: I think I read this in high school and, for a book that was written quite a long time ago, I remember thinking how timeless it seemed. And now, as an adult, I think it’s still stood the test of time. It’s like the original new adult.
10. To Kills a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: What am I supposed to say? Scout <3 and her dad, whose name I can’t remember. All I can think of is Gregory Peck (but I have read the book, not just seen the movie).
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