Top 3 Thursday: Classics

Nothing beats snuggling down with an old classic you know you’re going to love, right? Just me?

1. Persuasion – Jane Austen

Unpopular opinion: Persuasion > Pride and Prejudice. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

2. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

Now, there’s been a bit of controversy on the ‘gram lately about how racist Little Women is…so apologies if it offends you by being on this list.

To be honest, I read this when I was fairly young and I just remember loving it. It’s due for a re-read very soon and I assume, being a lot older than the last time I read it, I’ll be able to read it with a more critical eye. I’m hoping that it doesn’t get ruined for me because all i wanted when I was younger was to be Jo!

3. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

You know, I don’t know if this classifies as a ‘Classic’ but it has a Vintage Classic edition that I love so I’m going to say it counts.

I loved this book, it was a fascinating (and scary, in a way) read that totally hooked me in. I haven’t seen the TV show yet (because I am a real life wimp) but I’m glad more people are getting to experience this story!

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What are your favourite classics?

I’d also love to know your thoughts on how you deal with reading Classics that have racist and/or sexist (or anything else!) undertones that we are a lot more aware of and conscious about in today’s society.

Are you able to put it aside as the book being  product of its time and enjoy the other aspects of the story? I feel like this is what I do, and while I don’t condone what the authors insinuate in regards to these themes, I genuinely think we are lucky to be living in a time when society is more and more questioning and critical about these things – not everyone is so lucky!

Until next week,

M xx

10 thoughts on “Top 3 Thursday: Classics

  1. Persuasion is amazing!!! But I haven’t read it haha.
    And if I’m reading a classic as it has sexist/racist controversy, I like to try and remember when it was written and look at it as a snippet of history in the form of fiction…

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  2. Does Atonement classify as a classic? I think it was published in 2001 but the time frame it was set in, makes me think it’s a classic and it’s a great story.
    I’ve read it twice and I could read it every year!

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  3. Whoa, I had no idea people were going crazy over Little Women. I read it when I was younger too and I loved that classic, how is it racist?? I think it’s definitely due for a reread for me 🙂 My favourite classics are Anne of Green Gables and To Kill A Mockingbird, but there’s plenty more I want to read, including The Handmaid’s Tale.

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