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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

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.)

Smart and pretty go together…read ladies!!!!

A woman knows where her heart is even when denied. -Edith Gaskell knows her stuff, ladies!!!!

Advice to ponder…what if we just relaxed….

Advice from Edith Wharton to start your day.

“Legend” book series rewarding, teachable novel for the classroom. Here is the culminating end for the unit. Thank you Marie Lu.

A book that offers a split narration point-of-view, theme, character analysis, terrific allusions to Robin Hood and others, and a fabulous who-done-it to solve that doesn’t give you answers till book 2 and encourages to continue reading. In addition, the characters offer terrific sarcasm and irony with endless figurative language of all kinds throughout the book for students to analyze. Give it a try.

Legend by Marie Lu

Pairs well with: Hurricane Katrina article stories of houses marked, Syrian civilians stories during present day war times, excepts of Prince and the Pauper, excerpts of Les Miserables (for which Marie Lu based some of the story)

Advice that reminds us we see what we want to see.

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It is difficult to allow acceptance that a little girl could grow up, and die, in Hitler’s wrath…and still think people are good.

But it is easy to accept that she knew there is both good and evil in the world. And that good could still win out even if she herself would not. 

“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”

—Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl