12.15.2014

Roundup of Other Beloved Classics

Today begins the last week of me going on and on about old books, and because I have only managed to write about four of my favorite classics, and because I'm not made out of time, reviewing every classic I've ever read and loved is not going to happen.  You know how much I love a good roundup, so I'm here today to give a brief review/explanation of several more classics I love too much not to mention.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer/The Adventures of Huck Finn – I love both the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for their general fun-ness – books about two boys (who are actually good friends) getting into scrapes and causing trouble make for very entertaining reads.  I enjoy these books every time I read them.

Emma – I am not the biggest fan of Jane Austen you'll ever come across.  Pride & Prejudice didn't make make me fall in love with Mr. Darcy or make me want to read every book Austen's ever written.  But for some reason, I loved Emma a lot.  The heroine captured my heart in a way Elizabeth Bennet never did (I usually wanted to slap Lizzie), and I loved all the plot twists.  She's snarky like Lizzie, and her self-assumed immunity to men's love makes her an entertaining victim to Mr. Knightley's charms.

A.B.C. Murders – I have loved everything I've read by Agatha Christie, and the ABC Murders was my most recent favorite.  I consider anything by Christie a classic, since she is the queen of murder mysteries, and I had to include her in this list.  I really like her Hercules Poirot series, but I also enjoy the Miss Marple ones and Tommy and Tuppence mysteries.

Animal Farm/1984 – Not that I particularly enjoy depressing books that make you think, but I really appreciate (though don't necessarily enjoy) the two books by George Orwell – Animal Farm and 1984.  Both are thought-provoking, somewhat depressing dystopian books about how the world could be in the future.  Animal Farm is more of an allegorical book using animals on a farm (obvs) to demonstrate the politics of Communism.  It's a very sobering look at the demise of good intentions into totalitarianism.  In my opinion, though, 1984 is a far more depressing book because it is not difficult to see how the government could begin drifting in that direction.  The things expressed in that book are more relevant to today, and it really inspired me to pray for our president and politicians in their incredibly serious and important roles and also to be aware of what's going on in our government.

To Kill A Mockingbird – To Kill a Mockingbird is a very raw, genuine examination of racism in our country.  By illustrating a tragic incident in a small town in Alabama, Harper Lee not only shows the historical atrocities of racism, she also explains through a little girl how we can help end prejudice every day in little ways.  I love the characters in this book and the lesson at the heart of it.

Anne of Green Gables – Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite literary heroines of all time – you can't help but love her.  I love the entire series (I believe there are six books), which begins with her arrival to Avonlea, and ends when Anne's family is still young.  I've reread the series numerous times, and I just love it.

Silas Marner – Silas Marner is a really classic classic.  It's a book about what love can do in a cold heart, and I love it for that.  Silas Marner is a greedy scrooge with a broken heart, and Eppie is a little ray of sunshine left out in the snow.  One outcast takes in another, and she repays him by giving him a desire to live.  It's a beautiful story about brokenness and healing and will forever be a favorite.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Ahh, Sherlock Holmes.  The investigating, detecting, deducing love of my life.  I love everything about this literary hero – I will never tire of reading books about him, watching shows featuring him, and will never stop believing in his existence.  His eccentrics endear him to me all the more, and the possibility of him looking similar to either Benedict Cumberbatch or Robert Downey Jr. gives me heart palpitations.  Oops, I forgot I was talking about the book, not the man.  I really like the classic Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle he's great – I mean the book's great!

And we're done!  Thanks for reading, guys!  I will be back tomorrow to talk about my favorite Christmas music.  Cuz, ya know, I super love it.

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