Hey everyone! Here we are again, another Sunday! I'm a little behind on reviewing some of my books, but they'll be up soon. So to hold you over till then I have this week's list! This week is my top 10 classics I need to read. All descriptions below are from Goodreads.
Here they are in no particular order!
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
-"Orphaned into the
household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at
Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit
She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield,
falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their
lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a
woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian
society traditionally allowed.
With a heroine full of yearning,
the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes,
Charlotte Bronte's innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to
engage and provoke readers."
2. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
-"Set in the rich farmland
of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel
follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the
Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve
and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some
of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes:
the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous
consequences of love’s absence."
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
-"Wuthering Heights is a
wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between
Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's
father. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated
by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for
Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return
years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a
terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is
chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a
complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland
setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique
novel a masterpiece of English literature."
4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
-"'On what slender threads do life and fortune hang'
in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined
to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of
treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined
not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot
the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration.
Dumas' epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life
case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was
first serialised in the 1840s.
Robin Buss' lively translation is
complete and unabridged, and remains faithful to the style of Dumas'
original. This edition includes an introduction, explanatory notes and
suggestions for further reading."
5. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
-"Gilbert Markham is
deeply intrigued by Helen Graham, a beautiful and secretive young widow
who has moved into nearby Wildfell Hall with her young son. He is quick
to offer Helen his friendship, but when her reclusive behavior becomes
the subject of local gossip and speculation, Gilbert begins to wonder
whether his trust in her has been misplaced. It is only when she allows
Gilbert to read her diary that the truth is revealed and the shocking
details of her past.
Told with great immediacy, combined with wit and irony, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a powerfully involving read."
6. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
-"In this harrowing tale
of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that
unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde."
7. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
-"This single volume contains all 4 novels & 56 short stories about Baker Street's most famous resident.
The 4 novels are:
A Study in Scarlet
The Sign of the Four
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Valley of Fear
and the 56 short-stories are collected in 5 books:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
His Last Bow
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes"
8. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
-"'We have all been more or less to blame ...
every one of us, excepting Fanny'
from the poverty of her parents' home, Fanny Price is brought up with
her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and
with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny's uncle is absent in
Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the
neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste
for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry's attention, and
even Edmund falls for Mary's dazzling charms, only Fanny remains
doubtful about the Crawfords' influence and finds herself more isolated
than ever. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen's most profound works."
9. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
-"'In one moment, every
drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop... There, as if it had
that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary
Woman, dressed from head to foot in white'
The Woman in White
famously opens with Walter Hartright's eerie encounter on a moonlit
London road. Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura
Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir
Percival Glyde and his 'charming' friend Count Fosco, who has a taste
for white mice, vanilla bonbons, and poison. Pursuing questions of
identity and insanity along the paths and corridors of English country
houses and the madhouse, The Woman in White is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism.
Sweet's introduction explores the phenomenon of Victorian 'sensation'
fiction, and discusses Wilkie Collins's biographical and societal
influences. Included in this edition are appendices on theatrical
adaptations of the novel and its serialisation history."
10. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
-"Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s
masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden
Age of Old New York, a time when society people “dreaded scandal more
This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to
marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland. But when the
mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous
marriage, Archer falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and
passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either
courageously define his life—or mercilessly destroy it."
So that's my list! Anything you thought should've made the list?