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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Top Ten: In the Mood for Classics that are relevant

On today's Top Ten from The Broke and the Bookish, the theme is top ten books for when you're in the mood for X. I'm choosing my X to be Classics that are still relevant.

1) Book: The Complete Works
Author:  William Shakespeare (Ok, technically everyone else gathered his material, but he did write the plays.)
Why I picked it? Referenced in court, TV, books, music- everywhere! Although Shakespeare died 400 years ago, his words are clearly alive still.

2) Book: The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Why I picked it:  Mystery at its finest

3)  Book: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Author: Lewis Carroll
Why I picked it:   This examines our size and place within the world and looking at things with fresh eyes.

4) Book: To the Lighthouse
Author: Virginia Woolf
Why I picked it:  This explores the interconnectedness of all people and how we influence each other.

5) Book: The Wind in the Willows
Author: Kenneth Grahame
Why I picked it: Humorous, charming, lovely

6)  Book: Sonnets from the Portuguese
Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Why I picked it: Beautiful poetry and love is never out of style.

7) Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Why I picked it:  Embedded in this book is the timeless message to protect the innocent.

8) Book: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Why I picked it: Ideas and books are immensely powerful.

9) Book: Franny and Zoey 
Author: J.D. Salinger
Why I picked it: This book, more than just a tale of discontented youth, deals with belief and consecrating the ordinary.

10) Book: Jonathan Livingston Seagull 
Author: Richard Bach
Why I picked it:  This teaches all to soar.

Have you read these books? What would you include in a list of top ten relevant classics? 

My best to you all,


  1. Just read Fahrenheit 451 and couldn't agree more! (I have a review on my blog!) I also think Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is pretty timeless. Love your list!! Here's My TTT

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I agree with you about Frankenstein as well. Its a very endearing story- much more so than the movie, and I'm a fan of that also.

  2. Loved so many of your choices, especially Fahrenheit 451 and Shakespeare! Other classics...The Odyssey--it's appeal as enduring epic continues and continues. (I might argue that a lot of detective/mystery fiction derives from it.)

    1. I agree with you about The Odyssey as well! There are so many fantastic classics to include. I picked what jumped into my mind first.

  3. To Kill a Mockingbird and Fahrenheit 451 especially. :)

    Check out my TTT.

    1. Definitely! They're two of the best! I haven't really read graphic novels, but your list looks interesting.