My Top Ten Classics Read After High School

My Top Ten Classics Read After High School and College

They can only cram so much within the age of schooling. Here are the top favorites that I missed out in schooling but enjoyed because…well, because old style writers can be intriguing to analyze and simply enjoy.

  1. Pride and Prejudice-Austen
  2. Murder on the Orient Express-Christie
  3. Persuasion-Austen
  4. North and South-Gaskell
  5. Under the Greenwood Tree-Hardy
  6. A Night To Remember-Lord
  7. Treasure Island-Stevenson
  8. The Whipping Boy-Fleischman
  9. Night-Wiesel
  10. Diary of Anne Frank-Frank

Top Ten Classic Poems with a Surprise Ending That Make Students Want to read more poetry

  1. Richard Cory by Robinson
  2. The Poison Tree by Blake
  3. O What is That Sound by Auden
  4. Eldorado by Poe
  5. Danny Deever by Kipling
  6. O Captain, my Captain! By Whitman
  7. Annabel Lee by Poe
  8. Reuben Bright by Robinson
  9. Raven by Poe
  10. Luke Havergal by Robinson

Hero’s Journey-Top 10 Monomyths that Inspire to Read More Classics or Relish in the Hero’s moments of fortune as well as misfortune and overcoming adversary!

  1. Harry from Harry Potter Series by Rowling
  2. Sophie from Keeper of the Lost Cities by Messenger
  3. Frodo from Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
  4. Katniss from The Hunger Games Series by Collins
  5. Hawkeye from Last of the Mohicans by Cooper
  6. Will from Ranger’s Apprentice Series by Flannagan
  7. Mathias from Redwall Series by Jacques
  8. Yelena from Poison Study by Snyder
  9. Thomas from Mazerunner by Dashner
  10. Bilbo from The Hobbit by Tolkien 

Top 10 Classic Romances that Inspire to Love a Character and Mimic Them

  1. Austen’s Pride and Prejudice-Elizabeth or “Lizzie” Bennet
  2. Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree- Fancy Day
  3. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet-Romeo Montague
  4. Thackeray’s Vanity Fair- Becky Sharp 
  5. Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans-Hawkeye
  6. Christie’s Death on the Nile-Jacqueline de Bellefort 
  7. Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo-Edmond Dantes or “Monte Cristo”
  8. Austen’s Persuasion- Anne Elliot
  9. Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express-the group as a whole
  10. Austen’s Northanger Abbey- Isabella and James

 

(Because, who doesn’t like the master of disguise)

(Because we all want love in some form or fashion and do not want anyone to stand in our way)

(Because we all have something worth fighting for)

(Because we all have the ability to be vile and presumptuous and seemingly unaware if we want to actually admit it to ourselves)

(Because wow, there is power in numbers)

(Because sometimes the side story romance is better than the main one and well, Miss Austen, I wish now I could ask to have it written for me.)

Top 10 Period Romance Movies that Inspire to Read the Book (and think “I wish I’d read it first!”) (and “Wow! Look at what all they left out!”)

  1. Pride and Prejudice
  2. Romeo and Juliet
  3. Tuck Everlasting
  4. The Notebook
  5. North and South
  6. Under the Greenwood Tree
  7. Anna Katerina
  8. Jane Eyre
  9. Wuthering Heights
  10. Sense and Sensibility

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Life is Great! Keep it simple. Love always.

Advice! Advice should be given in the right way, right moment. So many lack the ability to give advice in the right context.  Remember, it is sometimes (but not always) better to stay quiet when the moment isn’t right.

Just finished reading a book about a book character an author created that shares their unending advice with all and often, when really isn’t the time. A job well done on the creation of her and we all can see the face of someone this character fits.

My Top Ten Classics Read After High School -How About You? What would make your top ten?

My Top Ten Classics Read After High School

 

  1. Pride and Prejudice-Austen
  2. Murder on the Orient Express-Christie
  3. Persuasion-Austen
  4. North and South-Gaskell
  5. Under the Greenwood Tree-Hardy
  6. A Night To Remember-Lord
  7. Treasure Island-Stevenson
  8. The Whipping Boy-Fleischman
  9. Night-Wiesel
  10. Diary of Anne Frank-Frank

 

My Top Ten Books Read in High School-WHAT DID YOU READ IN HIGH SCHOOL that made an impact on you?

My Top Ten Books Read in High School

(Plus the start of it all in grade school)

  1. And Then there Were None-Christie
  2. The Bad Seed-March
  3. Arsenic and Old Lace-Kesselring
  4. Romeo and Juliet-Shakespeare
  5. Macbeth-Shakespeare
  6. The Odyssey-Homer
  7. The Pearl-Steinbeck
  8. Little House on the Prairie-Wilder
  9. The Great Gatsby-Fitzgerald
  10. Taming of the Shrew-Shakespeare

How did they impact me?  Agatha Christie inspired me to write and to be original and deceptive and crazy and interesting.  The Bad Seed and Arsenic and Old Lace (from Theatre class) were absolute foundations for drama and solving a good mystery should be the spice of life with every day you live. Shakespeare is just plain fun to read aloud, especially with exaggerated dramatic effect. The Odyssey makes me want to walk out the front door and spontaneously go anywhere. (My husband and I did often before children.) The Pearl made me appreciate people for who they are and love that we are all different. Jay Gatsby and Romeo make a young girl swoon and look forward to one day falling in love.  And lastly, The Little House on the Prairie was the first chapter book I ever read.  Thank you Ms. Winner, my second grade teacher from Mesquite, Texas, Range Elementary.

 

Classic Novels that Should be Taught in School

Why should one have read the following before hitting adulthood:

a. The list below covers a wide spectrum of characters from many walks of life. (The wider the spectrum the better a person can problem solve how to react to all kinds of people in the world, create more compassion and acceptance and open mindedness towards others, and even come to appreciate all walks of life.)

b. To have an awareness that there is good and evil in the world and how to respond to it as well as what consequences our choices can lead to in the end is a good reminder to anyone that we should all look before we leap.
1 Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
2 1894 by George Orwell
3 And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
4 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
5 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
6 Edgar Allan Poe’s Short Stories Collection
7 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
8 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
9 The Pearl by John Steinbeck
10 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Websites that cover character analysis and examines good and evil in classic novels:

study.com

enotes.com

schmoop.com

 

 

Annabel Lee—my Daughter can quote it start to finish. I love hearing it every time.

“…and neither the angels in heaven above nor the demons down under the sea could ever dissever my soul from the soul of the beautiful Annabel Lee…

This is her favorite quote from it.