Sunday, January 22, 2012

Literature We Love!

We've gotten a few requests to do a post on some of our favorite literature, this time we'll do some of the "classics".

C's Favorites:
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This is a total classic, I think everyone has known and loved this book! I read it in eighth grade, and haven't forgotten it since!
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I'm embarrassed to say that I just read this book over winter break. It was absolutely fantastic. The characters, the writing, everything about the book was so eloquent.
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
This is honestly a fairly unpopular opinion. Many of the other students in my class could not stand this book. I loved it. I think it was the truths and the sense of growing up that compelled me into this book so much.

A's Favorites:
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The classic story that made the angst ridden, phony-phobe (definitely just made that word up haha) teenager, Holden Caulfield, the ultimate icon for teenage rebellion. Catcher is an obligatory read for all preppies. I've read this one about three times and it never gets old. 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Despite being published in 1813, a time of entirely different social standards, the timelessness of this novel is what I appreciated so much. The humor, the conflict, the wittiness, and above all, the love story is what is so meaningful and charming about this book. Jane Austen's writing is impeccable. 
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Admittedly, seeing the movie Easy A is what sparked my interest in reading this book. After breaking my promise to read it this summer, I was pleasantly surprised to be assigned to read it for my AP Literature class last month. Hawthorne's critique of the inherent evil and sin of humanity was immensely fascinating. Contrary to popular belief, I really don't understand how anyone could dislike Pearl's character; she was my favorite!
Share your favorite classics with us! Any must reads we should know about? We're always up for a good read!



  1. I love almost all of these! I need to check out A Three Grows in Brooklyn.

  2. anytime anyone talks about catcher, i have to comment, because salinger is my favorite author. if you haven't read his other stuff, you ladies definitely should. franny and zooey are both great, and raise high the roof beam, carpenters is my favorite thing on the planet to read.
    i just really adore short stories, and, from what i remember, the reasons i won't be coming by elliot perlman is fantastic. as is any collection by bradbury.