Today’s theme was a “Summer Freebie,” intended to help us recommend books for summer vacation, on the beach, or whatever. Personally I don’t think my reading increases during the summer, and I don’t think I understand the term beach read, but hey! Freebie! Gonna do what I want!
And what I want is: classics.
I love classics. Sure, a lot of them are boring. Sure, a lot of them are real downers. Sure, a lot of them use weird techniques like stream-of-consciousness so you don’t know which way is up much less which character is doing what.
But all of them are significant in some way, and more importantly, a lot of them are just plain entertaining, good books. “Some of my favorite books are classics!” she protests while clutching her totebag.
- Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle: Detectives! Crime! Occasional murder!
- The Europeans by Henry James: Romance! Snobby relatives! Summer?
- Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons: Woodsheds! Reform! Romance?
- Another Country by James Baldwin: James! Effing! Baldwin!
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson: Pirates! Treasure! ISLAND!
- Kim by Rudyard Kipling: Spies! India! SPIES?
- The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery: Found family! Romance? Nature!!!
- Hamlet by Shakespeare: Ghosts! Murder! Duels!
- Beowulf: Monsters! Mayhem! Madness!
- Persuasion by Jane Austen: Love! Friendship! Persuasion???
Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.