Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to do the prompt for today’s post, because it seemed like I always talk about the books I love and adore. Buuuuut I went back into the very back corner of my read folder on Goodreads and I found some gems I haven’t mentioned for awhile! Many of these books I haven’t reread in ages, but doing this post encouraged me to make time to pick them up again soon. Hope you enjoy!
1. Who Could That Be at This Hour? By Lemony Snicket
I have of course mentioned that I love A Series of Unfortunate Events, however very few people seem to remember that he wrote a prequel series that was just as good!
2. Notes From The Underground by Dostoyevsky
I found this collection by chance when I was living in St. Lucia, and have sadly never been able to find it again. This was the book that started my interest in Russian Literature at age 15, I became a little obsessed after that.
3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Of all the books on here I’ve probably mentioned it most recently, this is my all time favorite classic and I’m ashamed to say that I don’t own a copy. This must change!
4. Middlemarch by George Eliot
Now this is a book that I’ve been dying to reread for ages. George Eliot was also an obsession of mine in my teenage years.
5. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rosland
This is one of those rare instances where I watched the movie first (the oollllddd black and white version) fell in love and then hunted down the book, or I guess I should say play. This is probably my favorite play of all time.
6. Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson
When I first picked up this book years and years ago I was skeptical about it, to say the very least. Who can compare to L. M. Montogomery? But this book was actually really well done and showed us a side to Anne that isn’t really touched on in the Green Gable series. It’s different, but it worked.
7. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton
I hesitated to put this book on my list since I haven’t read since I was a practicing catholic. But despite being a bit of a religious extremist Chesterton was a pretty good writer, and this book was funny and thought-provoking at the time that I read it. I should really give it another go one of these days.
8. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
This book was my favorite Dickens work in high school, another random find whilst in St. Luica. Not many people seem to know about it, but I still think it’s one of his best.
9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Despite loving Russian Literature, Tolstoy was not one of my absolute favorites. I found him just a bit too rambly. Still, who doesn’t love this tragic love story?
10. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M. T. Anderson
And last but not least, Octavian Nothing is a moving, beautifully written story. A book that manages to sound like it came right out of the era, but takes you through quite a different story.
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