It's So Classic Blog Party || My Five Favorite Classics

As I mentioned in this postRebellious Writing is hosting their It's So Classic blog party until the end of August, and I decided a fun way to participate would be to share my top favorite literary classics.  As you can see, there are only five of them in this post, because I have this weird thing where I don't like claiming that any book is a favorite until I've read it at least twice, and a lot of the classics I've liked have yet to be re-read. :-P  Also, I'm restricting my post contributions for this event to classics of the historical fiction variety, which obviously excludes Narnia and Middle-earth and so on.  But five his-fic offerings will do for now, don't you think?

So, here they are.  The classic (non-fantasy) books that I've loved the most so far.  (This list will probably surprise exactly no one, but there's nothing for it.  I'm Predictable™.)

#5. The Age of Innocence 
{Edith Wharton}

I'm in the midst of re-reading this one, and while I'm seeing more rabbit trails than I noticed the first time around, I'm still loving its caustic diatribe against societal hypocrisy and double standards. And I love that the book's agenda is housed in a tale that's compelling and moving enough in its own right. Story serves theme and theme serves story. As it should be.

#4.  Jane Eyre 
{Charlotte Bronte}

One of my all time favorite books currently reading it again for the 4th time. Just a great read

There are things I don't love about this book, but on the whole it's so engrossing and so well-written.  And the last few chapters are so happy. :)

#3.  Christy 
{Catherine Marshall}

-Catherine Marshall, Christy Alice Henderson

This one is a wee bit young to be considered a full-blown classic, but if I'm going off Hamlette's definition, then it works. ;)

As with literally all of these books, there are elements to this novel that I think would be better off excised or handled differently.  However, the setting is still uniquely stirring and moving for me, and certain passages just Get To Me in a way that few other books do.

#2.  Little Women 
{Louisa May Alcott}

Homelike and funny and poignant, I'm pretty sure this is a story that'll always have a place in my heart.  I love getting to know the March family and their entourage in both their flaws and their good points.  There's a lot to chew on in this book, character- and philosophy-wise, and whether you agree with Alcott's conclusions or not, you can appreciate the charm of the story and the lovable nature of the characters themselves. ♥

#1.  Ivanhoe 
{Sir Walter Scott}

Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe #bookquotes #ivanhoe


🎵🎶"Always and forever..."🎵🎶

The sass is outstanding, the boss-ness of the characters is outstanding, and the legendary aesthetic + folkloric poignancy are outstanding.  Read it, I tell you. 

What are your favorite classics?


  1. Okay, I have to read Ivanhoe. <3

  2. "Let us be elegant or DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"

    Best quote from LW. ;-) ;-)

  3. I just started Ivanhoe and so far it's awesome!

    1. Aaaaaahhh!! Really?? That's awesome, I'm so glad! I hope you keep liking it. :)

  4. Fun list! I enjoyed all the quotes, especially the Christy one. <3

  5. Out of all of these I've only read Little Women! But I was SO happy to see it made it into your list. It's my favourite classic story. :) (Perhaps my favourite fictional book of all time?) I've read it countless times and ohh... *happy sigh* It's just so wonderful. <3

    Must. read. Ivanhoe.

    1. Little Women is one of those Gifts to Humans. <33

      I don't disagree, my good lady; I don't disagree.

  6. Ohhh I really want to reread Christy soon!

    Most of my favorite books are classics (as you already know!), such as Hinds Feet on High Places, Persuasion, Rilla of Ingleside, Little Women, The Blue Castle, and so many more!

    (Btw, I do not think it is AT ALL strange that you have to reread a book to know if it is a favorite, I am exactly the same way!)

    ~ Catie

    P.S. If you haven't seen it yet, I left a comment on the Joey blog post last week. :-)

    P.P.S. I just ordered my copy of Greenwillow today!!!

    1. Yes!

      Haha, that's true! I hadn't processed it that way before. But they're all so great!

      (Oh, good! Yeah, I guess strange wasn't the best word . . . )

      P.S. Yes, I did, and it made me happy and I'm definitely looking forward to responding and continuing the convo; I just like to have time to settle in and make sure I read your comments thoroughly and respond thoroughly. ;) ;)

      P.P.S. Aaaaaaahhhh!! Did you really?? Has it arrived yet?

    2. That's perfectly alright! I really appreciate your thoughtful answers! <3

      Not yet!!! It's taking quite a long while to get here! But I feel quite certain that it will be worth the wait! ;-)

  7. Ohhh, I LOVE the new blog look! So much!!!

    1. *beams* THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I'm so glad you like it. :D (Also . . . again, I really really think you'll like Greenwillow. ;) Of course, no pressure to, but I'll just be excited to see what you think of it.)

  8. Ahhh that quote from the first book sounds AMAZING! Thanks for sharing :0


  9. I have not read "The Age of Innocence" and barely know anything about it. Actually, I don't think I know ANYTHING about it. At all. I WANT TO READ IT NOW!

    I LOVE that passage/quote from Christy. It was very helpful to me personally when I first read it.

    Ivanhoe. <3

    NO NO YOU DID NOT USE THAT GIF STAAAAHHHPPPP. xD xD xD I have corrupted you.

    1. It's a really interesting look at society and "sexual politics," and while I don't agree with all the conclusions, it's really thought-provoking. I like it. :)

      Aren't there so many good, helpful passages in Christy??

      Yesh. <3 Haha, yes, you have! For shame. ;D


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