My Favorite Books – The Classics

My Favorite Books

Happiest of Fridays to you all.
I’m currently nursing the world’s worst head cold.
My super giving Soldier blessed me with this bad boy…and everyone else in the house.
So I will be cuddled up with a book till the sinus pressure related ringing leaves my ears.

Since my Facebook feed is blowing up with people listing their 10 most influential/favorite/life-changing books, I thought I’d do the same here.
Except in a 2-part series because my head is too fuzzy to write anything terribly serious.
So here they are!

My Favorite Books – The Classics
{plus harry potter because it’s technically not a classic…yet}

1. A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Seriously my favorite piece of fiction. It has been since high school.
It’ll make you second guess every vain thought you’ve ever had.
I LOVE Oscar Wilde and I also love slightly tragic stories with depressing characters.
I was raised in Seattle. What do you expect?

2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Again with the slightly tragic stories with depressing characters.
I love that Jane’s story is tragic, but she isn’t tragic.
That doesn’t make any sense, but it is nonetheless true.
I like sad stories with good endings.

3. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ok, I like good stories with sad endings too.
I’m convinced that no one can develop a character the way Fitzgerald does.
And no one has every really loved the way that Gatsby does.

4. Persuasion by Jane Austen
Like most literate females, I love Jane Austen.
She writes a love story you can believe in.
These are not fairytales.
These are real women with flaws, not generally being swept away by real men with flaws.
Of all of Austen’s heroines, Anne is who I want to be the most.
Also a bit of a sad story with a good ending.

5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
…and the rest of the series
I promise this fits in with the rest of this lot.
If you look at the whole series it has the same caliber of character development and also happens to be a sad story with a good ending.
Also, I want to be Hermione when I grow up.

So if you need a good read this weekend, I suggest you grab one of these.

P.S. True Confession:
The bibliophile in me HAS TO own beautiful hardbound copies of my favorite books.
But 9 times out of 10 I am reading my Kindle.
I linked to the beautiful editions I own, most of which were purchased long before they rose to those stupid prices.
The exception is the Harry Potter set which was more.
{i hang my head in shame}
Feel free to buy the $4 versions of any of those books.