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!
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,