Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
In this list I included every book that can be taught at school, read on your own or found at a book shop but that, somehow seem to be forgotten by most readers out there! They are wide-known but little-read and I think they deserve much more attention than they usually get:
1. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.- I must admit I read this one as part of a course on the author and I was as terrified by it as many of you say. But, with some patience and the Modern English translation, these fourteen-century tales’ similarities with nowadays life are certainly uncanny.
2. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.- This one is often referred to in modern Gothic books and has created an icon in English literature.
3. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.- Same as with number 2, this short novel’s influence in present day literature is unaccountable for, plus, it’s Sherlock Holmes!
4. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H Lawrence.- Criticized, banned, went to trial, finally got published and now is gone from most 20th century English Literature programs.
5. O Pioneers by Willa Cather.- If there is a novel about the American frontier and how women struggled, this is it. Cather’s character Alexandra “Alex” is the Edna Pontellier of the midwest.
6. The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen.- Whenever someone says “Ibsen” we think of A Doll’s House although this one is pretty famous too. A lesson on life and desire.
7. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell.- Sadly, Mrs. Gaskell is a forgotten author when talking about 19th century literature, although she was regarded by Dickens himself as a great writer. The cozy Cranford makes the perfect novel mixing wit, humour and criticism.
8. Howards End by E.M Forster.- I am reading it right now, but I’m in awe at how much I am learning, not about literature but about life, approaching problems and how your attitude is life-changing.
9. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald.- A personal favourite of mine, I think it’s the modern Romeo and Juliet: a love story corrupted by money, the power of names, influence and obsession.
10. The Awakening by Kate Chopin.- Edna Pontellier showed me, at a key moment in my life, that one must never, ever, resign oneself to what others expect from you, even it those others are a whole society.