Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts that you’d most like not to lose. – Neil Gaiman
Today I would like to share my top five classical books with you. Of course, there are still a lot of classics that I have not gotten a chance to read yet, so this list is just of the books that I have read.
I was not able to decide which is my favorite of these classic books, that means that I ended up putting them in in any order so that I would not be forced to choose between the books that I love. I have already been forced to choose enough for today by having to decide on my top five classic books, if I also had to put them in any certain order I’m not sure that I would be able to do it.
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The first time I read this book, I did not love it. I had trouble understanding what was happening, and at one point, at least, I completely confused Saruman and Sauron. So for the next couple of years Lord of the Rings was completely ignored, but then I got the series for my birthday and began to read it again. This time I realized just how utterly wonderful this book series is. I read the entire series, and then I began to go back and re-read my favorite parts. This is one of the series that really influenced me to start writing.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I first listened to this book on tape when I was about six, but I already knew the plot because I had watched the BBC Pride and Prejudice so many times before then. Jane Austen is one of my mom’s favorite authors, so my love for Pride and Prejudice is probably her fault. However, I think that even if I had not grown up loving this book I would have found it later and fallen in love with it. Jane Austen has such an amazing way of writing and I love so many of her characters.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
This is a series that I love. It is so simple and yet so complex. There is so much to it. I love the Chronicles of Narnia. They are both a part of my childhood and books that I am learning from. They seem in someways like fairy tales and yet there is so much depth to them. The books feel like old friends and many of the characters in these books I would not mind actually getting to know.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
I actually don’t remember the first time that I read this book, but I think that it was some time after I listened to Pride and Prejudice. I did not appreciate this one quite as much as I did Pride and Prejudice when I first read it, however, now it is a close follow up. The characters and plot of this story interest me. I love Jane Austen’s writing style.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
This book has always fascinated me. I don’t love it like I do some of the other books on this list, but it is a book that I read quite often. The characters and their interactions interest, they are so alien and yet so familiar. This book does not have the gentle familiarity that some of the other books that the other books have for me, this book always feels like it is trying to challenge me to think about the world in a slightly different way. I don’t know if that makes sense, it doesn’t even quite make sense to me, but that is that best that I can do.
So, there you have my top five classic books! There are many more classics that I love, but, unfortunately, space was limited.
What are your top five classic books?