Bookish Friday favourites #5

Sorry for the lack of posts – that thing called life has gotten in the way and it’s throwing me about three different loops

It’s that time of the month-ish again, where I share some of my favourites. This time, I’ve very loosely used the term classic – there’s so many definitions for what books classifies as a classic, so these are the ones that fall under my definition, you may or may not agree, but that’s all part of the fun.

So, my idea of a classic is a book that most people have heard of; they know the name, the author, have a vague idea of the plot. One or more will occasionally appear on a form of Top 100 Books List, or a variation of.

So no spoilers here! I’m just listing a few favourite books.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

There’s something about this book that resonates with me, the lead character Elizabeth Bennett was a stand out of her time, and our time now. She doesn’t fall into a preset expectation of women and she has quite the sharp tongue on her. The book itself is smart and funny and still upholds today – which is my mind, is a definite sign of a great novel.

2. The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton

I adore this book, it is definitely on my top books of all-time list (I purposefully left a definitive number out there…). The Outsiders is an heart-wrenching coming of age story focused on its narrator, Ponyboy, and his group of friends that are basically family. It’s an honest view on life and it’s the creator of that famous line. “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.”

3. Animal Farm – George Orwell

This book is a far more political book than I would usually reach for, however Orwells incredible writing and raw outlook on society shines through in this polictical satire from one great mind. Based on a farm and told from the view point of animals – Orwell paints an honest picture of his time, with almost all of the animals representing a political figure of the 1940’s.

4. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

An undivided classic in every right. Harper Lee’s technical only novel follows Scout and her viewpoint of the racial injustices and social-political powerplays in the Deep South in the 1930’s. Also including themes of class, gender roles and destruction of innocence, this novel will undoubtedly feature on every ‘must read before you die list’, and rightly so.

5. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

This book is essential for all horror/gothic/classic fans. An incredibly known novel about the powers and limitations of science – Shelley’s novel makes us question ourselves and debate the true question of the novel – who was the real monster? A powerful portrait, it’s eerie atmosphere gives me shivers every time I read it.

Have you read these books? What do you think makes a classic? Let me know!

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