I wasn't planning on two posts in one day, but classics are one of my favourite types of books to read, so I couldn't let the opportunity to write about them pass!
My love of classics started in childhood with Frances Hodgson Burnett. I lost count of the amount of times I read The Secret Garden, but more particularly, A Little Princess. I was an imaginative child and I loved the way that Sara Crewe used her imagination to help her get through tough times. Alongside these, I read many abridged/children's versions of classics and soon started to love classic adventure stories too.
As I grew older, I was introduced to many more classics in school. I had a wonderful English Literature teacher who taught me to love Shakespeare and I continued to try them out on my own. When I was 16, George Orwell was my hero, as I read 1984 at just the time when I was becoming interested in politics too. It helped that my older sister was doing an English Literature degree when I was in secondary school, and was able to introduce me to lots of different classic books.
Now, as an adult, I still love classics and I'm getting to the point where I want to reread all of the classics I read as a teenager, to see if they feel any different. These are the classics I particularly enjoy:
1. Anything Bronte - I am an intense person, so the Brontes speak to me in this regard! Whilst I like Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey, Charlotte Bronte remains my favourite, and Villette is probably my favourite book, ever.
2. Anything Gothic - My love of classic gothic literature started with Dracula, The Woman in White and Carmilla. I've not read enough of this type of classic to satisfy me yet, but am hoping to read The Mysteries of Udophlo and then Northanger Abbey soon.
3. Epics! - I love a good epic, no matter where they come from. I count Gone With the Wind as a classic, I loved this for its epic-ness, along with Anna Karenina and A Tale of Two Cities. I suspect A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth will become a classic with time.
4. Politically Motivated Classics - I'm thinking of 1984 and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch. I need to read some more books like these.
If you enjoy classics, you should really join The Classics Club. I'm challenging myself to read 72 classics in five years, I've just finished book 9. The list of books I plan to read is here and my reviews of classics I've already read are here.
Link me to your classics posts :)
Or, I'd love recommendations...